Panasonic IPS Liquid Crystal Panel Brings Inky Blacks With OLED-Competitive Contrast Ratio
For a long time it seemed as though display innovation was stuck in a rut, at least in the PC space. For several years a top of the line monitor was a 30-inch display with a 2560x1600 resolution. Not anymore. Display makers have been stepping up their game. That includes Panasonic, which has developed a new type of In-Plane Switching (IPS) liquid crystal panel with a contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1 and peak brightness of 1,000 nits.
On top of that, there are two contrast ratios. A native measurement reflects what the display technology can do. Most displays top out at 1,000:1. A dynamic contrast ratio factors in display technologies that supplement the underlying technology. For example, a display might increase or decrease its light output to create brighter and darker images, and a dynamic contrast ratio is a measurement of this.
"This achieves a faithful and high-grade video display, ranging from dazzling light to pitch-black," Panasonic says.
Panasonic envisions its new panel being used in professional grade High Dynamic Range (HDR) monitors for broadcasting stations and video production studios. The technology could also find its way to medical monitors and automotive displays. There's no mention of it being used in the consumer space, but that's how these things go—they start up high and trickle down into the mainstream as technologies mature and costs come down.
We're getting ahead of ourselves, though .Panasonic said it will begin sample shipments in January 2017.