All Samsung LCD monitors to be LED backlit by 2008
All LCD monitors produced by Samsung Electronics will be LED-based by 2008. Samsung recently introduced an LED-based 20.1-inch LCD monitor SyncMaster XL20 in South Korea. The new Samsung model is set to hit Europe and the US in November and December, respectively. Samsung also plans to launch a 24-inch LED-based LCD monitor in 2007. The LED-based 20.1-inch LCD monitor SyncMaster XL20 features a contrast ratio of 1,000:1, brightness of 250 cd/m2, response time of 8ms, viewing angle of 178 degrees and has a color gamut of 114%. Samsung will start offering the 20.1-inch LED-based monitor in Japan in the second half of November at a price tag of 158,000 yen (US$1,333).
In addition to LCD monitor, Samsung is also using LED technology in LCD TVs. Last month, the company released a 40-inch LCD TV, which features a 146% color gamut and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. Worldwide shipments of LCD monitors will reach 129 million units in 2006, 3% of which will be LED-backlit devices, sources at LED makers estimated.