SED TV -2009 In Review

As far as SED TV goes, 2009 was an exceptionally slow year. I can’t believe it was 3 years ago I was packing my bags to go to CES 2007 only to have Canon pull the SED TV out at the last minute.

Any appearance of the Canon SED TV at CES 2010 would qualify as a miracle. The only news this year has been the issue of a couple of SED TV related patents by Canon and rumors that SED technology will emerge in the professional broadcast monitor field.

Who knows what 2020 will bring. OLED TV is still not quite there in the consumer market. FED TV production never got off the ground despite lots of promise.

Here’s a clip from the past…


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SED TV Development Continuing Says Canon

Canon plans to continue SED TV development despite the recent fall in LCD TV prices according to Managing Director Masahiro Osawa.

Canon also aims to return to a trend of increasing profits each year in 2010, he said in an interview on Monday.

Canon last month posted a 72 percent fall in quarterly operating profit, also hit by sluggish demand for office machines and a firmer yen, but raised its full-year forecast by 6 percent to reflect more aggressive restructuring steps and a stronger-than-expected demand for high-end digital cameras.

The restructuring moves included cutting 700 jobs at its chip-making equipment business and absorbing Canon Marketing Japan Inc’s chip stepper sales and maintenance operations.

Osawa also said Canon plans to continue development of surface-conduction electron-emitter display (SED) technology despite sharp falls in LCD prices, although more time will be needed for a commercial launch.

SED TVs were once seen as promising next-generation flat displays, but steep price falls in LCD and plasma panels have raised concerns over the viability of the commercially untested technology. “I believe SEDs have technological competitiveness. But LCD prices have fallen at a much quicker clip than we had anticipated,” Owasa said.

“When it comes to costs and technological expertise for commercial production, we need some time to catch up.”

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Canon files two SED TV patents

Canon filed two SED TV related patents on April 30.

Patent 20090108727


Patent 20090111350

These patents cover “electron-emitting device, electron source, image display apparatus and manufacturing method of electron emitting device”.

This is welcome news after a long period of quiet for SED TV. I’ll keep my fingers crossed to see something at CES 2010.

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SED TV – Not at CES 2009 -Again

After an amazing showing at CES 2006, SED TV has failed to appear at the last 3 CES shows in Las Vegas.

I was really hoping that Canon would pull everything together and have one on display. Even just their latest prototype to keep the interest up.

However, as my friend “Rocky” keeps telling me, nothing before its time. If SED Inc doesn’t have a consumer ready model available there’s not much point in showing one at CES. Continue reading “SED TV – Not at CES 2009 -Again”

SED TV production details at SED Inc. facility

An article appeared yesterday at, a Japanese language site detailed SED TV production plans at the SED Inc. facility.

There is a translation posted at, but it’s not a very good one. I’ll post it below and if anyone can find a better tranlation, please leave a comment with a link. Thanks.

“Don’t you make a “the next generation” display together? SED incorporated company (Canon group businesses)

According to this offer of a position page, it is said that the number of people that the SED incorporated company which does the development of the next generation display “SED” and production in the perfect subsidiary company of Canon produces SED is invited.

Contents of work are to work with a day and night 3 change system with operation of the manufacture device in the clean room.

When do you put SED on the market on earth though it seems to be to start real production?

That is anxious about the price and the screen size because it is a thing with the next generation display which can be expected a light pattern, enlargement.

Posted by darkhorse_loga Sep 01, 2008 03:59:00 PM in Hardware, Memo”