Development of Full High Definition 50-inch 3D PDP and High Precision Active Shuter Glasses by Panasonic
Panasonic just made an announcement on development of 50-inch size full high definition 3D plasma display panel plus a high-precision active shutter glasses which company claims will bring the true to life 3D images to your living room. The new PDP display has been developed based on Panasonic’s world first full HD 3D plasma Home Theater system which was developed and unveiled back in 2008 which was comprised of 103-inch PDP and Blu-ray Disc player. Why Panasonic decreased the size of its display, well according to the company it seems to be the most popular size for the home theater system. The newly developed PDP comes with Panasonic’s high speed 3D drive technology with capability of rapid illumination of pixels while maintaining the brightness; it also has incorporated the crosstalk reduction technology aimed at reducing the image ghosting which occurs when left and right eye images are alternately displayed. PDP were selected as the display technology due to their self illuminating characteristics with full motion picture resolution capable of fast response time making them ideal for display of fast moving images. The newly developed high-precision active shutter glasses incorporate Panasonic’s technology which precisely controls the active shutter with the left and right eye images that are shown on the PDP display. Panasonic’s new 3D-drive technology was achieved through development of both a new panel materials and LSIs which contributed in accelerating the pixel illumination while maintaining brightness. Additionally, the crosstalk reduction technology was achieved by using newly-developed phosphors which offers a short luminescence decay period as well as an illumination control technology in reducing double-images (Ghost images) that occur when left- and right-eye image are alternated on the panel.
Production of 3D images has been achieved through use of the Full HD x 2 frame sequential method allowing the display of time sequential images which alternately reproduces discrete 1920 x 1080 pixel images for the left and right eyes on the PDP display one frame at a time.
We are seeing more manufacturer such as Panasonic and Sony and others are getting actively involved in development of not only 3D display technology but the whole 3D production system. It looks like this time around the 3D development is taking new course which would lead it to success and expansion of the 3D equipment as well as content in the market unlike the several unsuccessful 3D booms in the past. It is clear that achieving a high definition picture quality is a one of the major prerequisites in achieving a successful and true 3D display supported by every increasing production of 3D movie contents by Hollywood movie makers. This is a big difference from the previous attempt by the market where the only 3D enthusiasts were the manufactures of the 3D equipments. Like the digital theater, the number 3D theater is on the rise. But I like to see the technology to mature to a point that the users don’t need to wear those funny glasses no matter how sophisticate they may be.