Ultra-Wide Will Define 2016 Panels

By Tom Allen
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We have picked up some news about a new panel from LG Display which is a 37.5″ panel called the LM375UW1, with 3840 x 1600 resolution. This provides roughly a 21:9 aspect ratio, and is said to be the exact aspect ratio of some Blu-ray content. It is an IPS unit with a 14ms grey-to-grey response time, 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 178° viewing angles. Production is expected to begin in Q3.

We have also heard of two new large panels from Samsung Display (SD), also possibly planned for Q3. They are 41″ and 49″, with a very wide 32:9 aspect ratio and ‘FHD+’ resolution – which may be 3840 x 1080. They have a 1,800R curve and we expect to get more details from SD at ISE.

Image: TFT Central. A simulation of SDC’s 49″ 32:9 panel with 1,800R curvature, from 65cm viewing distance.

Other sources say that there will be 30″ and 35″ ultra-wide curved panels from AUO in Q3 and Q2, respectively. They will be VA units, with 3440 x 1440 resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate – the first panels with this combination of specs. Such a combination would also surpass the bandwidth of DisplayPort 1.2, so monitors using the panels may require DisplayPort 1.3. Other specifications include a 2,000R curve, 3,000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m² of brightness and ‘172°/178°’ viewing angles.