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.”
Full story at Reuters.com
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”
Just in case no one noticed, there’s been nothing new on SED TV for some time now. I was expecting a bit of positive news after Canon winning the appeal in June against Applied Nanotech.
However, we’re now in November. A number of trade shows have come and gone in the last few months with no sign of anything from Canon or SED Inc.
FPD 2008 in Japan, GITEX 2008 in Dubai, CEATEC 2008 in Japan, IFA 2008 in Berlin. These were all recent venues to show the SED TV and we’ve seen nothing.
The next big event in CES 2009 in LAs Vegas in January. It was two years ago that Canon and Toshiba pulled out at the last minute due to certain legal difficulties. What a disaster that was for SED TV.
If Canon/SED Inc. doesn’t show up at CES 2009 in January I will really start to wonder what they are up to and whether or not we will ever see a product from them.
The previous post about SED TV production was a bit inaccurate due to the poor translation. It appears to be a job posting at the SED Inc. production facility at the “Canon Inc. Hiratsuka business house”.
Two better translations can be found at the sites below:
Thanks to Edwin for the links.
An article appeared yesterday at area.e-aidem.com, a Japanese language site detailed SED TV production plans at the SED Inc. facility.
There is a translation posted at en.gigazine.net, 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”