SEOUL, South Korea The government said a research team led by Samsung Electronics Co. has developed a high-resolution dual capacity display that allows 3-D images to be viewed on a flat- panel display without special filter glasses.
The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy claimed the new Samsung display, developed with the help of other local firms and research institutes, includes both 3D and regular 2D modes.
The ministry said it expects the new display to be commercialized by 2009.
"Unlike conventional 3D displays, there is no loss of resolution on the newly-developed 3D display even if the panel's 2D mode is switched to the 3D mode," a Samsung spokeswoman said in confirming the ministry's announcement.
Samsung has already built a 17-inch monitor prototype of the 3D display, which uses binocular disparity and time sequential "lens plus barrier" systems. It plans to complete development soon on a 19-inch commercial monitor.
The ministry said the new 3D display will hit the market in 2009 when new demand for a wide range of IT-related applications such as online games, e-shopping and 3D Web content will be ready.
The display could also fuel demand from the TV segment by providing a full resolution on a par with regular displays. That would allowing consumers to view local 3D imaging without wearing special glasses, the ministry added.
A total of $23 million has been invested in developing the new display since 1999, with more state funds to be invested in the project over the next two years, the ministry said.
The global 3D screen market is forecast to grow to 8.1 million units by 2010 from an estimated 3.2 million units this year.
Other display makers like Sharp, Sanyo and Philips have developed 3D displays, but resolution has fallen short of consumers expectations.