Size DOES matter – Rapid TV News

January 27, 2010

Tuesday, 26 January 2010 20:20

Mitsubishi is about to prove that size – at least in the world of TV set sizes, does matter.

mitsubishioledscreenMitsubishi Electric says it will show a 149" prototype OLED screen at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2010, Feb 2-4, Amsterdam). Claimed to be the world’s first scalable OLED screen technology, the new system aroused considerable world-wide interest when it was revealed at last October’s CEATEC show in Tokyo. Mitsubishi is already a powerful name in outdoor LED screen technology with its Diamond Vision screens, and the company believes OLED has the potential to similarly revolutionise its indoor commercial displays business.

OLED screens create light by a process of electro-luminescence (EL). Each pixel consists of an anode and cathode separated by a thin organic membrane. Its simple construction means that the screen surface can be made extremely light and thin. Using specially-developed driver electronics, Mitsubishi Electric has created an edge-less OLED display module that can be joined together with others to create seamless screens of virtually any size and shape, including curves. The company believes this modular approach will deliver the versatility required of the next generation of indoor Digital Signage displays.

At ISE, Mitsubishi will demonstrate a 1920mm x 3264mm OLED display. At around 6.2m² – or 149" – this is considerably larger than any existing commercial product. A screen resolution of 1088 pixels x 640 pixels at 3mm pixel pitch delivers sharp, vibrant images, viewable even at close range.

OLED technology is claimed to be extremely versatile and offers several distinct advantages over both LCD and LED in indoor applications: Unlike conventional LED systems, its slim, lightweight construction means that large screens can be installed on virtually any building surface. Unlike LCD or plasma, Mitsubishi’s OLED modules are truly edge-less so that any shape of screen can be created without visible borders. With a light output of 1500cd/m², the production model will be several times brighter than an average LCD display, making it suitable for indoor applications in relatively brightly-lit areas. Furthermore, because it requires no backlight, the contrast performance is far superior to LCD.

Mitsubishi Electric’s OLED screen is just one of a number of new products being showcased at ISE 2010. The company will also be revealing a new LED-based projection engine for its Seventy Series display wall cubes, the L46XM, featuring a high-quality 46" diagonal WXGA (1366 x 768 pixel) LCD display with a total mullion width of 7.3mm, and a new Multi-Touch interface option for its Seventy Series display wall systems that enables multiple users to interact with a display wall simultaneously.

Size DOES matter – Rapid TV News


LEDs Magazine – LED displays feature at Wimbledon, cricket venue

July 3, 2008

 

Mitsubishi screen knocks cricket fans for six

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club’s new Diamond Vision screen made its International debut at Trent Bridge last month for the third npower Test Match between England and New Zealand.

Trent Bridge cricket ground

Architect Huw Evans of Maber Associates incorporated the 83 m2 ODQ10 Mitsubishi LED screen as an integral part of the new administrative building that adjoins the new stand at Nottingham.

The 10mm pitch Diamond Vision screen is driven at its native resolution of 864 x 960 to ensure optimum performance for both video and text. The majority of matches are non-televised and at these events the entire display operates as a traditional full-screen scoreboard. For televised events the portrait format enables a 56 m2 4:3 video picture to be displayed along with a 27 m2 abbreviated scoreboard.

Screen content is driven by a presentation system specially developed by screen installer Technographic Displays. Trent Bridge is the first cricket ground in the UK to install a Diamond Vision screen, although the system is already used at several cricket clubs in New Zealand and Australia.

Tom Paterson, Match Operations Manager at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club with responsibility for overseeing the development of the ground, commented, "The display quality is fantastic and the TechEvent software is proving to be just as powerful, flexible and reliable as we had hoped. In fact, we have yet to explore its full potential and look forward to doing so. The screen attracted universal praise at the Test Match, with many pundits describing it as the ‘best in cricket’."

LEDs Magazine – LED displays feature at cricket venue


Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision chosen for Air Canada Centre

June 30, 2008

Mitsubishi Electric has been chosen by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) to supply and install a breathtaking new 17-screen high-definition scoreboard and display system at the Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs ice-hockey team and the Toronto Raptors basketball team. Combining multi-sided and linear displays, the new cutting-edge Diamond Vision system will provide the Air Canada Centre with the most advanced video displays of any arena in Canada.

ACC Diamond Vision_tmb The centrepiece of the centre-hung scoreboard display will a four-sided 6mm “Black Package” Diamond Vision screen. The Air Canada Centre system will be the first in the NHL/NBA market to feature Black Package LED technology. Now available on Mitsubishi Electric’s 6mm, 4mm and 3mm displays, Black Package provides superior contrast and black levels over conventional white packaged LEDs; its special black construction allowing the LED chip to blend virtually unnoticeably into the black face of the display.

“The black package LED represents the most cutting-edge technology available for indoor display systems,” said Elan Azar, general manager of Mitsubishi Electric Sales, Canada’s Display & Imaging Solutions Division. “Mitsubishi installed the first high-definition LED display in the arena market at TD Banknorth Garden in 2006, and the first 6mm high-definition LED display in 2007 at the Verizon Center. We are very excited to introduce this latest technological advance to the arena marketplace by installing the first 6mm black package LED Displays right here in Toronto, at a world-class facility such as Air Canada Centre.”

“This installation confirms once again Mitsubishi Electric’s reputation for quality, performance and proven reliability in arena display technology. The Diamond Vision system continues to lead the technology curve and set the standards in the arena marketplace,” noted Azar.

The selection of Diamond Vision came after exhaustive research by MLSE officials, who compared the displays in use at numerous arenas throughout North America before selecting the Mitsubishi Electric product. “Of the systems we saw, the Mitsubishi Diamond Vision boards were consistently superior in uniformity and reliability,” said Dwayne Brown, technical producer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “Plus, being able to showcase the black package LED is particularly exciting given Air Canada Centre’s status as a world-class facility.”

The 6mm main displays will utilise Mitsubishi Electric’s state-of-the-art Digital Screen Controller, driven by a high-definition 1080 HD source from Air Canada Centre’s new 1080 high-definition control room. In addition to the black package 6mm main video displays, Mitsubishi Electric is using 10mm display technology for additional eight-sided upper displays and four-sided scoring displays, as well as a 22m long circular ring. Mitsubishi Electric is also supplying a new integrated scoring system consisting of all new shot clocks and ANC’s state-of-the-art VisionSOFT control system.

“After extensive research and reviewing several installations in different venues, Mitsubishi proved to be the clear winner in the large screen display industry with their technology, quality and price,” said Curt Emerson, manager of venue services and content deployment for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “We are very excited to debut our new high-definition Mitsubishi Diamond Vision video display at Air Canada Centre this fall.”

Toronto fans can expect the new display system to be competed by August 1, 2008 in time for the upcoming NHL and NBA seasons.


NTT, Dentsu and others to cooperate on Digital Signage

June 30, 2008

Japan’s biggest financial daily reported that NTT will develop a service that links high-speed communication lines with digital signage in commercial facilities for real-time content delivery. This fall, Mitsubishi Electric, Matsushita Electric, Dentsu and Recruit will conduct joint trials. In line with NTT’s development schedule, service providers will link with the Next Generation Network (NGN) standard, which was commercialised in March, to aggregate advertising content delivery.  NTT is aiming to commercialise the business in 2009.


Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision chosen for Air Canada Centre

June 24, 2008

Mitsubishi Electric has been chosen by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) to supply and install a breathtaking new 17-screen high-definition scoreboard and display system at the Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs ice-hockey team and the Toronto Raptors basketball team. Combining multi-sided and linear displays, the new cutting-edge Diamond Vision system will provide the Air Canada Centre with the most advanced video displays of any arena in Canada.

Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision scoreboard, Kolnarena The centrepiece of the  scoreboard display will a four-sided 6mm “Black Package” Diamond Vision screen. The Air Canada Centre system will be the first in the NHL/NBA market to feature Black Package LED technology. Now available on Mitsubishi Electric’s 6mm, 4mm and 3mm displays, Black Package provides superior contrast and black levels over conventional white packaged LEDs; its special black construction allowing the LED chip to blend virtually unnoticeably into the black face of the display.

“The black package LED represents the most cutting-edge technology available for indoor display systems,” said Elan Azar, general manager of Mitsubishi Electric Sales, Canada’s Display & Imaging Solutions Division. “Mitsubishi installed the first high-definition LED display in the arena market at TD Banknorth Garden in 2006, and the first 6mm high-definition LED display in 2007 at the Verizon Center. We are very excited to introduce this latest technological advance to the arena marketplace by installing the first 6mm black package LED Displays right here in Toronto, at a world-class facility such as Air Canada Centre.”

“This installation confirms once again Mitsubishi Electric’s reputation for quality, performance and proven reliability in arena display technology. The Diamond Vision system continues to lead the technology curve and set the standards in the arena marketplace,” noted Azar.

The selection of Diamond Vision came after exhaustive research by MLSE officials, who compared the displays in use at numerous arenas throughout North America before selecting the Mitsubishi Electric product. “Of the systems we saw, the Mitsubishi Diamond Vision boards were consistently superior in uniformity and reliability,” said Dwayne Brown, technical producer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “Plus, being able to showcase the black package LED is particularly exciting given Air Canada Centre’s status as a world-class facility.”

The 6mm main displays will utilise Mitsubishi Electric’s state-of-the-art Digital Screen Controller, driven by a high-definition 1080 HD source from Air Canada Centre’s new 1080 high-definition control room. In addition to the black package 6mm main video displays, Mitsubishi Electric is using 10mm display technology for additional eight-sided upper displays and four-sided scoring displays, as well as a 22m long circular ring. Mitsubishi Electric is also supplying a new integrated scoring system consisting of all new shot clocks and ANC’s state-of-the-art VisionSOFT control system.

“After extensive research and reviewing several installations in different venues, Mitsubishi proved to be the clear winner in the large screen display industry with their technology, quality and price,” said Curt Emerson, manager of venue services and content deployment for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “We are very excited to debut our new high-definition Mitsubishi Diamond Vision video display at Air Canada Centre this fall.”

Toronto fans can expect the new display system to be competed by August 1, 2008 in time for the upcoming NHL and NBA seasons.


AT&T stores to trial Microsoft ‘Surface’

April 7, 2008

According to aka.tv, full scale trials of Microsoft’s Surface interative table top are about to begin in the ‘States. This is a significant landmark in the development of gesture-based interfaces, and something we are sure to be seeing a lot more of in the next few years. Products like Surface allow technology to become much more user-transparent, and therefore much more accessible. The combination of Surface and mobile phones is an excellent example of how this can work in practice.

AT&T Stores in 5 locations across the US, will be the first to install the new Microsoft touch-screen interactive 30″ tabletop display – ‘Surface’ – on 17th April.

Customers will be able to place one of eight handsets on the display, and the computer will immediately recognize the phone and present information on the device. Placing another phone on Surface will allow users to trigger side-by-side cost and feature comparisons of the handsets.

As well as general media on the phones, AT&T is touting the ability for customers to view an interactive network coverage map. By using two fingers to pinch or expand the map, users can zero in on their homes, offices and schools to ensure AT&T provides them with good cellular coverage. In the near future, AT&T plans to allow users to customize their phones through Surface by dragging icons of ring tones, graphics and videos over to their handset.

The roll out will then continue through May – and should eventually reach all 2,000 outlets.


New Mitsubishi product range benefits display integrators

February 20, 2008

Mitsubishi Electric has significantly expanded its offering to Systems Integrators with the launch of the brand-new new 3000 series Display Wall sub-system at ISE 2008. The perfect complement to its market-leading range of DLP projection cubes, the new family of modular display wall processors enables integrators to create very sophisticated display systems quickly and easily, without having to worry about compatibility or interfacing issues. Using the new sub-system, commissioning costs and project timescales can be drastically reduced without compromising performance, reliability or sophistication.

The hardware element of the new system consists of the VC-X3000 Display Wall processor and the VC-MK3000 synchronous graphics insertion processor. Both units can be used as standalone processors or in combination to create a powerful hybrid system capable of handling synchronous live video, DVI-I/VGA and data inputs in real time. The processing sub-system is complemented by the new D-Wall software suite, which brings together processing and hardware control into a single integrated environment, and allows extremely sophisticated display systems to be created virtually straight from the box.

The X3000 Display Wall Processor is a high-performance display wall processor designed for demanding control room or large-scale visualisation applications. A standard chassis is capable of routing 48 video inputs and 12 DVI/VGA inputs across 24 different outputs. The system is expandable up to 128 video inputs, 62 DVI/VGA input capture channel and 64 output channels via optional expansion modules. The X3000 can also accept multiple network inputs and is capable of servicing multiple client control stations and applications simultaneously. The D-Wall software provides separate colour-coded mouse cursors that allow up to ten operators to interact with applications on the display wall. Like all Mitsubishi hardware, build quality and reliability are of paramount importance. Based on a Intel™ Xeon dual core processor, the standard chassis comes with 1GB of RAM and 80GB HDD with hot-swappable backup, both of which are expandable. Redundant PSU, fans and RAID disk controller help ensure 24/7 reliability in critical control room applications.

The VC-MK3000 graphics insertion processor provides real-time, synchronous overlay of video and DVI-I/VGA sources and is designed for high-performance applications such as control rooms and C3i facilities. Sync in/out and gen-lock also make it ideal for TV studio applications. 9.6 GB input bandwidth is shared between 32 video or DVI-I inputs, allocated at 0.3 GB per channel. 16 user-configurable outputs provide a flexible combination of overlays and screens. Auxiliary base layer inputs enable additional software applications to share the VC-MK3000 desktop for maximum flexibility. Up to 10 VC-MK3000s can be cascaded together to provide hundreds of input sources.

Mitsubishi’s new D-Wall software suite unifies X3000 and MK3000 processors in a single, powerful control architecture spanning both applications and display hardware. D-Wall allows direct control of display wall settings such as brightness and lamp modes, as well monitoring parameters such as lamp hours. The software automatically warns operators via email should a hardware alert condition arise. Using D-Wall, complex wall layouts can be created easily by simply dragging and dropping inputs from whichever X3000 and MK3000 processors are attached to the system – either singly or in combination. Layouts can then be saved for instant recall. This intuitive software environment significantly speeds-up the commissioning process by making the physical integration of different sources completely transparent to the operator. The unified software environment also allows total flexibility to upgrade or modify the physical layer to meet future demands on the system. D-Wall can be used with a standard touch panel control to simplify the operation of complex display wall systems and reduce the chances of operator error. D-Wall can also respond to system events by switching to pre-programmed display layouts which automatically give prominence to the window generating the alert message, thereby reducing the risk of an alert going unnoticed.

Mitsubishi Electric’s new display wall sub-system underlines the company’s commitment to System Integrators. With the launch of this significant new range of products, Mitsubishi continues to place the highly-valued relationships it enjoys with its Systems Integrator partners at the heart of its strategy for professional display products.