TOKYO To better compete against flat-screen TV sets, Victor Company of Japan Ltd. (JVC) has developed an optical engine that allows a 60-inch class rear projection TV to have a depth of just 10 inches.
Liquid crystal display (LCD) or plasma display (PDP) TVs are considered flat screen, but these TVs measure 14 to 16 in. deep if the stand is factored in. JVC said its rear projection TV stands by itself and can be placed flush against a wall or on a table, or mount directly on a wall due to its light weight.
JVC is one of the companies that founded the Micro Device Display Consortium to promote microdisplay-based rear projection TVs. Shrinking the depth of rear projection TVs is one of the consortium's main challenges.
The optical engine, named Slim HD-ILA, employs a concave mirror to reflect the light beam in place of a conventional convex mirror. The configuration enables the engine to be made compact but with a wide 138 degree projection angle1.5 times greater than conventional products.
JVC intends to introduce the slim rear projection TVs early next year for the North American market.