Checking out Samsung's MicroLED and 8K QLED TVs

  • Checking out Samsung's MicroLED and 8K QLED TVs

Checking out Samsung's MicroLED and 8K QLED TVs

Dubbed as "The Wall", the very big screen is comprised ironically of a rather massive array of MicroLEDs. Thus, Samsung has allocated part of its resources to develop Micro LED TV technology and successfully debuted a giant 146-inch Micro LED display in CES 2018. It's modular and can be configured however you like at its biggest, 6 feet by 10 feet.

LG Display - a research arm of LG Electronics, Corp - focuses on developing innovative display technologies, which it then sells directly to display manufacturers that want to use them in their own products.

It was particularly focused in the presentation by Dinesh Paliwal, president and CEO of Harman, a company once in the business of audio for the home and the auto, but acquired in November 2016 by Samsung and refocused on the many challenges of self-driving vehicles. This comes in handy for consumer applications because each household has varying restrictions on the viewable area on their walls.

Reading between the lines, however, we would expect the tech to trickle into the market at more home-friendly sizes come 2019. It's probably still a niche technology, but it is interesting.

LG Display - an affiliate of LG Electronics - unveiled a sleek prototype of its latest rolling screen technology.

MicroLED has some similarities to OLED.

LG OLED
The proprietary LG OLED technology is designed to deliver perfect blacks thanks to its ability to turn each pixel on or completely off

As the name implies, MicroLED displays comprise several microscopic LEDs, which self-illuminate per display pixel - just like an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) panel would, only MicroLED uses inorganic material. It doesn't require color filters or backlighting.

This allows MicroLED screens to be brighter than OLED, while also having a longer lifespan, without the worry of "burn in" (where the outline of a static image can remain on the screen when the image moves on).

"On a wall screen, you can watch TV, designating any section or portion of the display to act like a TV", he said. The AI will apparently learn over time and improve its upscaling ability the more it is used, which makes us hope that one day, while watching a grainy old film, the TV will suddenly know what to do and - bam - it will kick into 8K.

"It lets consumers enjoy just about any movie or TV show on any channel in 8K resolution regardless of native resolution or method of transmission", said Samsung in a blog post. Well now it's time for 8K, according to Samsung, which says it will begin selling such a television before the end of this year. LG is also upping the game with an 8K TV that automatically upgrades content to a higher resolution than the current 4K standard.

Uber has selected Nvidia technology for the AI computing system in its fleets of self-driving cars and trucks; VW will also infuse AI into its future vehicles while Nvidia is also creating a production-ready AI autonomous vehicle platform designed for China, the world's largest automotive market.