Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

  • The Times They Are A-Changing: Hisense Buys Toshiba’s TV Business

    November 14, 2017

    This press release crossed my desk this afternoon. There's not much to add to it. Hisense already owns the right to manufacture and sells televisions with the Sharp brand. Now, they've acquired Toshiba's television business unit. Toshiba, which had been rocked by an accounting scandal and red ink, and which is reeling under the costs of the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown, had basically given up on the TV marketplace a couple of years back. Now, they're out for good, and some analysts are wondering what future if any the company has "as a going concern." ******************************************************************************************************************************* Hisense Purchases Toshiba Television Business Hisense Electric Co., Ltd, a publicly listed subsidiary of Hisense Group announced the purchase of Toshiba TV production, brand, R&D & operation service 14th November, 2017. With its 142-year rich history, Tos..Read more

  • A New QLED Artifact

    July 27, 2017

    During the week of July 9 I, along with three other media/analyst types, was LG Display's guest in Seoul and Paju for a tour of facilities and interviews with executives. During that trip, LGD engineers showed me a display artifact in Samsung's Q Series of quantum-dot LCD-TVs previously unknown to me and my colleague Pete Putman, who was also on the tour. LGD and Samsung are in a pitched battle to convince consumers (and the media) as to whether the Q Series or LGD's OLED-TV offer the superior image, so the Q Series is what LGD focused on in the darkened lab in LGD's huge Paju panel manufacturing complex. But, as you will see, it is likely that the artifact would be seen on any LCD-TV that uses edge-lighting and one-dimensional (1D) local area dimming. The Q Series uses such a system, with the LEDs distributed along the bottom edge.  (Although the artifact was new to Pete and me, I have since learned that Ray Soneira of DisplayMate described a related artifact discovered in tests a..Read more