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September 8th, 2011

If you haven’t said “goodbye” to the cathode ray tube (CRT), it may soon be too late. The tubes are goners, displaced first in the 1990s by the technology in our plasma rentals, then by LCD screens that continued the trend toward lighter, flatter and less power-hungry. We are already in the midst of a surge in screens like CRE’s LCD touchscreen monitor rentals, but there are new ideas on the horizon promising screens that are flatter, lighter and more energy-efficient still.

The next big thing

OLED Displays

Kodak developed the first OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays in 1987. As opposed to older technologies, the screen’s individual display elements emit their own light, meaning no separate lighting source. Ditching the light source makes OLED displays lighter, thinner and more energy-efficient. Future desktop displays, TVs and even laptop rentals will start to feature these OLED displays once the price starts its downward trajectory.

Since these displays are still new, they’re still expensive. The first appeared on mobile phones, quickly becoming standard equipment in the high-end Samsung models as well as phones from Nokia, Google and others. Rumor has it that the upcoming iPhone 5 will have the technology.

From OLED to… ?

Phones, TV screens and monitors are only the beginning. It won’t be long before CRE’s iPad rentals and other tablets feature OLED screens. In fact, Samsung has already announced plans for an OLED-screened tablet. Industry analysts see OLEDs as the next “big thing” and sales should take off in the next year or two.

Of course, OLED is not the only game in town, not by a long shot. These other display technologies will be vying for dominance in a hustling, bustling market:

• Super LCD (SLCD) is another challenger for that screen dominance. It offers improved color fidelity and screen contrast than previous LCD panels, but uses more power than AMOLED.

• AMOLED (active matrix organic light omitting diode) is, as the name suggests, one of the related display technologies being built off the success of OLEDs.

• Super AMOLED (SAMOLED) is the result of Samsung combining a touch panel with the top glass layer of an AMOLED display. The first panel specs suggest a form factor similar to CRE’s tablet PC rentals. Less material between the screen colors and your eyes means better images at every resolution.

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