Eizo has many different businesses around the world. Eizo Germany is both a distributor (of displays developed in Japan) and manufacturer (of its own screens). The company was showing some of the new units it has developed for industrial applications, at customer requests.
An unusual ship-bridge maritime monitor was shown, measuring 46″ – usually these types are smaller, up to around 23″. It has automatic brightness and colour calibration and can dim to as low as 0.5 cd/m², so as not to spoil a user’s night vision. Typical brightness is 700 cd/m², with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 4,000:1 contrast ratio and inputs for DVI-D, DVI-I, VGA and CVBS.
Another ship-board monitor was a 19″ unit, although it did not have maritime approval; it is designed for use inside ships, but not for work on the bridge. A PC, with an SSD and CD drive, is embedded. The display has 1280 x 1024 resolution and ports for USB (x4), RS232, RJ45 (x2) and PS2 (x2).
Two high-brightness monitors nearby were designed for air traffic control. While one, a 21″ unit, uses a 4:3 aspect ratio (1600 x 1200 resolution) common to ATC applications, the other (23″) is a widescreen display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. Thomas Henkel, who was walking around the stand with us, said that these widescreen displays are becoming more common. Both had up to 650 cd/m² of brightness (dimmable to 7 cd/m² on the smaller unit) and DVI-I and VGA ports. The 21″ added another DVI-I input while the 23″ also featured HDMI and CVBS. Contrast was 4,000:1 (21″) or 1,000:1 (23″), with resistive touch as standard on the smaller screen and available as an option on the larger unit.
The largest ATC monitor I’ve personally ever seen was located in the corner of a stand – 57.5″ and UltraHD! Again, this is an unusual size for its intended use. It is mainly built for Asian markets, which do not have the same regulations as Europe. The screen features CIE colour space calibration, two redundant power supplies and a 4,000:1 contrast ratio.
Next was a 24″ monitor with low electromagnetic interference (EMI). The EMI level from normal monitors makes some signals quite easy to detect and hack into, so this model is intended for government use. It has a DisplayPort input, 5,000:1 contrast ratio and 300 cd/m² of brightness.
The final Eizo Germany monitor was a 10″ model for use in train cabs; it can be used as an electronic mirror, to check whether 346 on the platform are at a safe distance from the train. Resolution is 1024 x 768, with 3,000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m² of brightness and a CVBS input.
Two of Eizo’s more mainstream monitors were on show, the Duravision FDF2304W-IP (Display Monitor Vol 21 No 9) and FDS1904 (Display Monitor Vol 21 No 33).