Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

  • Selling Wisconsin By the Panel

    July 30, 2019

    Politics and technology intersect more often than you might think. And no better example of this can be found than the announcement in 2018 by Terry Gou of Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn) that he would build a state-of-the-art, Gen 10 LCD panel manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, presumably to crank out large panels for Ultra HDTVs. The plant would be the center of a $10 billion high-tech campus near Racine and would have earned over $3 billion in state and local tax credits, and Gou predicted over 13,000 jobs would have been created. To say that many of us analysts and members of the press greeted this announcement with surprise is an understatement. There’s a pretty good reason why no one manufactures LCD panels in the United States, and that would be the high finished cost of each panel. Given the collapsing retail price trends for 4K televisions, no one could ever hope to recover such an investment. Was Gou trying to pass off a bill of goods? What would those 13,000 people actually ..Read more

  • All Good Things Must Come To An End…

    July 1, 2019

    It's been a great 16-year ride, but I'm shutting down HDTVexpert.com at the end of this year to pursue other interests. I'll still be contributing to Sound & Communications magazine (https://www.soundandcommunications.com/) and you can find my monthly AVent Horizon columns there. In addition, look for articles here and there on the Display Daily Web site (https://displaydaily.com/. I hope you've enjoyed perusing these pages over the years. When I started the site, HDTV was just coming into its own. Now, we're accelerating past 4K / UHDTV and 8K appears to be the next big thing. And who knows what lies beyond that? 16K? 32K? (Probably a new form of display technology that hasn't been invented yet...) Always ask better questions! (In remembrance of Chris Campbell, 1959 - 2009)..Read more