Canon looking again at SED TVs

The law suits that have bogged Canon down were brought by Applied Nanotech and issued in April 2005, and argued that Canonís planned introduction of an SED range was not covered by a 1999 patent usage agreement between the two businesses. Applied Nanotech lost the action, on appeal, in July and has now decided not to pursue its claims.

SED sets are seen as a major rival to Sonyís OLED technology. The question now is whether Canon can turn the technology into large-scale low-cost production, and create TV sets that match Ė or undercut Ė the current supply of LCD and Plasma units available.

The latest thinking from Canon implies a production solution which is competitive with LCD manufacture, but that the company is holding back because of the glut of displays in the market, and the low prices being achieved by retailers.