Samsung today announced it's started mass-production of 3D LCD panels, with models using both using conventional lighting and LED backlights.
The company will be making the panels in 40in, 46in and 55in sizes, following on from the CES announcement of its 2010 TV range, and will be using True 240Hz technology in the new models.
Used with 3D Active Glasses, the company says this will enable 3D content to be displayed in a more natural way, adding that the new panels will also have a response time that's 20% faster than existing models, at around 4ms.
Rapid response is seen as a key quality for 3D TV, in which the images for the left and right eyes are shown sequentially. It's also said that the technology will have benefits for 2D content, and particularly that with fast-moving images.
"Recently, 3D displays have captured the industry spotlight," says Wonkie Chang, president of the LCD Business at Samsung Electronics. "Samsung aims to lead the global TV panel market in pioneering panel mass production for 3D LED and LCD TVs."
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According to market research firm DisplaySearch, the 3D display market is expected to grow from $902m in 2008 to $22bn in 2018.
Specifically, the 3D TV market is expected to expand to a $17bn market, with sales increasing from 200,000 units in 2009 to 64 million units in 2018.