World’s first big-screen OLED installed in Germany

September 29, 2010

Technology breakthrough enables flexibility of size and shape

The first screen of its kind, the Diamond Vision OLED, measuring 8.8sqm (3.84 m (w) by 2.3 m (h)) with a depth of just 9.9cm, has been installed at the material Research Center recently opened by the chemical and pharmaceutical company Merck KGaA in Darmstadt, Germany.

The new technology is a pioneering step forward, using organic light emitting diodes (OLED) as a light source, which due to its structure and composition is fully scalable and can be arranged into flexible forms and shapes.

The ‘Diamond Vision OLED’ screen is located in the lobby of Merck’s new research centre. Merck KGaA is one of the leading producers of organic base materials for innovative OLED technology and will use the screen as an information system for presentations and events. It has a resolution of 1,280 x 768 Pixel and weighs around 480kg.

“OLED is literally growing in size and format and has the potential to become the technology of choice for the digital signage industry in the near future. It is a significant achievement that we have been able to develop this pioneering technology with our Japanese colleagues“, explains Lars Dörholt, Deputy Division Manager, Visual Information Systems at Mitsubishi Electric Europe’s German branch.

‘Diamond Vision OLED‘ by Mitsubishi Electric is designed for indoor use and with its newly developed picture management technology, delivers seamless and vivid images. The screens deliver a wide viewing angle of approximately ±80degrees vertically and horizontally, while generating a maximum brightness of 1.200 cd/m2. Achieving double the contrast of comparable LED products, Mitsubishi Electric’s OLED-Displays are particularly well suited for use in bright environments such as shopping malls, stations or airports.

The new screen image is composed of square modules with a standard size of 38.4 cm (128 x 128 Pixel by module). Due to the modular nature of the product there are virtually no limits in terms of size, scalability, form or design. As a result, displays no longer have to be flat, but can now cover uneven or curved/convex surfaces. Each module weighs only 8 kilograms and the minimum viewing distance could be reduced to 2meters. With a depth of only 9.9cm the OLED displays are particularly well suited for the installation in halls or waiting areas.

With its new large screen technology capabilities, developed in cooperation with Tohoku Pioneer Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric is targeting new areas of application that could never have been achieved with conventional products due to limitations in size, format, amount of light or other restricting factors.

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Dallas Cowboys’ Diamond Vision screen confirmed as world record

September 30, 2009

From www.diamond-vision.tv 

The world’s first four-sided, centre-hung, stadium video display consists of four Diamond Vision LED video screens, with the two main high-definition sideline displays measuring 22m high by 49m wide, and two Diamond Vision end-zone displays measuring 9m high by 15.5m wide. Weighing 544 tons, the screens are suspended 27.5m feet directly over the centre of the playing surface and stretch from nearly one 20-yard line to the other.

With a total viewing area of over 1,058 square-metres, the Diamond Vision display is equal to around 3,268 52-inch televisions, and is comprised of 10,584,064 individual LEDs.

“This was probably the most exciting project we’ve ever been involved with,” said Mark Foster, general manager of Mitsubishi Electric’s Diamond Vision Systems. “The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most innovative teams in the NFL, and their new stadium reflects that. These scoreboards and displays are the realisation of the Cowboys’ commitment to their fans and the sport. We are very proud that the Cowboys organization turned to Mitsubishi Electric to deliver their vision as part of this incredible project.”

"We’re extremely proud of our world-class Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision screen,” said Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones. “We have designed everything about Cowboys Stadium to provide an unequalled experience for our fans, and this screen is the centrepiece of what we have created for them.”

Mitsubishi Electric has now been recognised by Guinness World Records five times for its accomplishments, and the Cowboys’ board is the fourth Diamond Vision screen to be honoured by Guinness. The first came in August, 2003, for the World’s Longest Video Display at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong. In March 2005, GWR recognized the Diamond Vision LED display at Turner Field in Atlanta as the World’s Largest High-Definition Television Screen, and in September 2005 the Mitsubishi Electric video board at the Japan Racing Association Tokyo Racecourse was certified as the World’s Largest Television Display. In 1993, Mitsubishi Electric was recognised for designing and installing the world’s fastest elevator — capable of travelling at 750 meters per minute — at the Landmark Tower in Yokohama, Japan.

Mitsubishi Electric, the Official Large Outdoor Video Display Provider of the PGA TOUR, was the first company to introduce large-scale video display boards for the 1980 Major League Baseball All-Star game at Dodger Stadium. Since then, Mitsubishi Electric has been recognised as the leader in visually stunning displays for sports facilities, advertising, entertainment and communications. Other installations include the first-of-its-kind high-definition display at Yankee Stadium the first 32:9 ratio HD scoreboard at AT&T Park in San Francisco Times Square’s first HD display at MTV studios traffic-stopping marquees at Bally’s and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas a massive 11-screen display at Times Square in New York City and the largest indoor HD screen in North America, the 10m x 33.5m screen at the Colosseum in Las Vegas.

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New stadium kicks-off with Mitsubishi Electric screens

August 4, 2009

MITS680-Espanyol_tmb Barcelona’s RCD Espanyol football club hosted the first game in its new, purpose-built stadium in Cornellà-El Prat on August 2nd. Two 7.6 x 4.3 metre Diamond Vision screens and more than 90 Mitsubishi Electric LCD displays help maximise enjoyment for visitors to Spain’s most modern sporting venue.

LED and LCD displays supplied by Mitsubishi Electric are a central feature of the stunning new facility, rated as a four-star venue by UEFA. Two Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision screens overlook the 40,000 seat stadium, while a network of over 90 large screen LCDs installed throughout the complex ensure visitors are kept entertained and informed wherever they happen to be.

Installed in opposite corners of the ground, the Diamond Vision ODQ15 screens are 7.68 m wide x 4.32 m high with 15 mm dot pitch / 30 mm pixel pitch. Mitsubishi’s quad LED structure ensures a genuine 21 mm Dynamic Pixel Pitch as each LED is re-used to form adjacent pixels. The Diamond Vision’s 5,000 cd/m² light output and wide viewing angles ensure fans get a clear view of the action wherever they are sitting, with true colours and clean whites – essential for both sports teams and advertisers.

Both screens are controlled using Mitsubishi’s XDC-4000 processor which manages all the screen content. The processor accepts DVI, SD-SDI and HD-SDI inputs and has a built-in “picture-in-picture” facility enabling the screens to show more than one video signal simultaneously. XDC-4000 was specifically designed to cover the display requirements of sports venues and features state-of-the-art image processing for the highest possible clarity.

As well as being one of the finest football arenas in Europe, Cornellà-El Prat is also one of the most innovative. Solar cells built into the roof can deliver up to 500 kW of pollution-free power and the whole stadium has been designed for maximum energy efficiency. Mitsubishi Electric LED screens automatically adjust their power output to suit the prevailing light conditions, and sophisticated internal monitoring ensures optimum operating efficiency is maintained. Extremely high build-quality help ensure Mitsubishi LED screens achieve a long operating life, reducing cost of ownership and the need for premature refurbishment.

Mitsubishi Electric also supplied the LCD screens used throughout the stadium’s retail and hospitality areas as well as corporate facilities and a museum. A total of 70 Mitsubishi Electric 32" LDT322V displays and 20 42" LDT421V2 units were installed in private boxes, VIP suites and meeting rooms, with additional displays used in the public areas and entrance foyers. The Mitsubishi displays add extra flexibility to the meeting room facilities, allowing them to be used for conferences or presentations on non-match days. Remote management of the displays allows different content to be routed to different areas of the stadium, or multiple inputs to be displayed on individual monitors via their built-in picture-in-picture feature.

Diamond Vision is perhaps the best-known big-screen technology in the world; its global customer list includes many of the world’s most prestigious sporting venues, most notably the recently-opened New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys landmark stadiums. Along with its world-class Diamond Vision family of LED displays, Mitsubishi Electric offers a range of professional-grade LCDs from 32” to 65” designed to meet the needs of applications such as digital signage that demand reliability, performance and low cost of ownership.


Yankee Stadium’s New HDTV Is Bigger Than Yours — Way Bigger | Gadget Lab from Wired.com

March 27, 2009

By Jose Fermoso EmailMarch 25, 2009 | 6:01:00 AMCategories: Displays, Sports, Television

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Anyone walking into the new $1.3 billion stadium for the New York Yankees this spring is bound to be amazed by the size of the center field LED scoreboard, as the first photos of the screen reveal.

Taken by a local CBS affiliate in New York, the pics show early tests of the 103-by-58-foot, 1080p HD Mitsubishi Diamond Vision LED display, which is six times larger than the screen at old Yankee Stadium. According to Mitsubishi, the display is embedded with 8,601,600 LED lamps (covering a total of 5,925 square feet), and can put up to four simultaneous images, with picture-in-picture capabilities.

Yankee Stadium’s New HDTV Is Bigger Than Yours — Way Bigger | Gadget Lab from Wired.com


InAVate – Big screens around the UK for 2012

July 31, 2008

The London 2012 organising committee has announced the roll out of the UK’s largest-ever network of public giant screens. The network will be funded by private partners and the national lottery, and will include permanent structures in the centre of six large towns around the country.

The total network will be nearer 30 LED screens by the time the 2012 Olympics arrive, but what has been interesting is the reaction of portions of the press to what is being termed the “digital wallpapering” of the UK.

Whilst the Olympic organisers argue that the screens will provide town centres with a lasting legacy from the games, opponents have drawn comparisons with George Orwell’s vision of 1984, in which the public are subjected to information 24hrs a day with no way of switching it off.

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InAVate – Big screens around the UK for 2012


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.