New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman this week announced a $553 million multi-state settlement with seven major technology corporations accused of illegally conspiring with each other to artificially inflate prices for liquid crystal display (LCD) screens used in a variety of consumer and business applications, including televisions, computer monitors, and laptop computers.
The joint LCD venture between Sony and Samsung is undergoing some changes with respect to ownership and who's responsible for what. Under terms of a new agreement, Samsung will acquire all of Sony's shares of S-LCD Corporation, the companies' joint manufacturing venture. Samsung will pay Sony 1.08 trillion South Korean won, or around $940 million, for the share transfer, and the two companies will continue their cooperative engineering efforts focused on LCD panel technology, Sony announced.
With CES 2012 just around the corner, we can expect to see a handful of product announcements trickle out ahead of the convention. Take for example LG's 55-inch OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) TV panel, the largest of its kind in the world, according to LG Display, which announced the TV panel today. LG hopes this will help popularize the OLED TV market.
Sharp, Samsung, and half a dozen other liquid crystal display (LCD) panel makers may have colluded to fix prices earlier in the decade, according to claims brought on by a class action lawsuit. The display makers agreed to settle the case for a combined $388 million, of which Sharp, Japan's largest panel maker, will fork over $105 million.
The latest figures from NPD DisplaySearch, previously just DisplaySearch (renamed 'NPD DisplaySearch' by its parent company, The NPD Group), suggests 3D adoption is more about price than available content. To wit, NPD DisplaySearch calculated 6.6 million 3D LCD TV panel shipments in the third quarter of 2011, accounting for 27 percent growth from last quarter, and it's because prices have come down.
BenQ is getting ready to release a new 22-inch LED display intended for business users, but is sexy enough to find its way into a few homes as well. It's the BenQ BL2201PTE and according to the translated press release, it's available in "classic black." The pictures, however, show a glossy white bezel with somewhat of an Apple flair, but arguably better looking.
ViewSonic tells us its new 24-inch LED monitor (VX2451MHP-LED) is designed to compliment an Apple Mac environment, but is also appropriate "for those who appreciate good design and want something different." What's different about this display is its all white frame and stand complimented by an ultra-slim body that measures just a hair over 1.4 inches (3.6 centimeters if you want to be all metric about it).
NEC just expanded its MultiSync P Series with a new 24-inch display built for monitor snobs who wouldn't consider touching a Twisted Nematic (TN) panel with a 40-foot pole. The MultiSynic P241W (or P241W-BK-SV if shelling out for the SpectraView II version) sports an e-IPS panel NEC claims is ideal for Web graphics and photography chores.
We just received word from NEC that it's adding a new monitor to the its MultiSync EX-Series, the EX201W. This latest addition is a 20-inch ultra-slim widescreen display with a premium-grade PVA Twisted Nematic panel and LED backlighting. It has a bezel depth of around 0.65 inches, with an overall profile measuring 1.9 inches.
The folks over at the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) probably thought the royalty free digital interconnect known as DisplayPort would have supplanted DVI and VGA interfaces by now, but here we are five years after it was designed and not a lot of mainstream users are ditching their DVI cables. We're still a few years away from when DisplayPort is expected to dominate the commercial desktop scene, but you can still find it on select displays, such as ViewSonic's latest large format graphics (VG2732m-LED) and professional (VP2765-LED) monitors.