The LED display exhibited at InfoComm 2016 (photo courtesy of Sony)
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In the field of displays, a technology that is peculiar to Sony has appeared. It is the "Cledis" LED display technology, which uses a minute LED element as a pixel. The company developed a display unit by using the technology and exhibited it at InfoComm 2016, a trade show on audiovisual technologies, which took place in June 2016 in Las Vegas, the US. It is scheduled to be released in January to March 2017.

By combining multiple units, it is possible to change screen size, aspect ratio, etc in accordance with application and installation location. The bezel of the unit's screen is very thin. So, when multiple units are arranged in the vertical and horizontal directions, a large screen with almost invisible seams can be realized.

Sony expects that the unit will be used for B-to-B applications such as digital signage, public viewing, showroom display, car design review, etc. For example, by using 12 x 3 units, it is possible to make a 200-inch display with a pixel count of 3,840 x 1,080 and a size of 4.8 x 1.4m.

Easily viewable even outdoors

LED display are now drawing attention as the "third display" after LCD and OLED displays. In fact, major device manufacturers such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd are also reported to be developing LED displays. They are drawing attention because it has several advantages that other kinds of displays do not have. For example, unlike LED and OLED displays, "bright display that is enough viewable outdoors under the sun" can be realized.

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