Epson Develops World's First 4K Compatible HTPS TFT Liquid Crystal Panel for 3LCD Projectors

4K compatible HTPS

- TOKYO, Japan, November 9, 2009 -

Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson", TSE:6724) today announced that it has developed the world's first* 4K-compatible high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT liquid crystal panel for 3LCD projectors. Measuring 1.64 inches diagonally, the new panel supports displays with resolutions up to 4096 × 2160 pixels.

Projector applications continue to expand. In addition to being used for business presentations, projectors are gaining wider use in the classroom, in auditoriums and at big events. Meanwhile, demand for high-performance products is expected to grow as more and more households enjoy full HD content via digital broadcasts and high definition video players.
With a resolution of nearly 8.85 megapixels, 4K panels offer four times the resolution of full HD (1920 × 1080), making them ideal for the high resolutions required by special applications such as industrial design, architectural design and simulations, as well as for presentations and projecting four full HD images at the same time.

Figure . Comparison of 4K and Full HD Resolutions

To meet this market demand, Epson employed the latest process and C2 Fine technologies in the new panels and developed a new, original driving method optimized for 4K resolution to achieve high-resolution projected images with outstanding brightness and contrast.
Epson is committed to supporting the growing range of projector applications by combining its original technologies to expand and enhance its HTPS lineup with panels that further raise the performance of 3LCD projectors.

* Source: Epson research, as of the end of October 2009

Panel features

  • High-resolution 4K-compatible
    • 1.64": 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) - the world's first 4K HTPS panel*
  • Includes Epson's original LCD driver optimized for 4K resolution
  • Benefits of using C2 Fine:
    1. High contrast
    2. Smooth images
    3. Jet-black color reproduction

* C2Fine: An original Epson technology for achieving high-quality, vivid images with high contrast by combining an inorganic liquid crystal alignment layer with vertical alignment technology

Panel specification

LCD type C2 Fine (VA inorganic alignment layer)
Process technology D7
Effective pixels 4096 x 2160
Panel size (diagonal) 1.64 inch (4.2 cm)
Pixel pitch 9 µm

Related information

To learn more about the advantages of HTPS panels, visit:
http://global.epson.com/products/htps/

To learn more about 3LCD technology, visit:
http://www.3lcd.com/New window

Product exhibition

Epson will show ultra-high resolution images including 3D when it exhibits a prototype ultra-high resolution projector using the panel at the International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition (Inter BEE 2009) to be held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan, from November 18 to 20.

About Epson
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader that is dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies, with a product lineup ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for business and the home, to electronic and crystal devices.
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