February 6, 2009 Like Samsung’s Series 9 and Toshiba’s flagship Regza SV670 Series, SIM2’s Solar Series of LCD HDTV’s feature LED backlighting that can be selectively turned off behind black areas in scenes to provide deeper blacks and overcome one of the weaknesses of LCD TV’s using the traditional CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) backlighting.

SIM2 worked in collaboration with Dolby for reference design and prototype development. The result is LED backlighting controlled by Dolby Vision technology which features a proprietary algorithm that manages LEDs behind the liquid crystal panel. Each of the 2,206 high power LEDs is controlled individually in concert with the image on display.

Dolby Vision also has the ability to selectively brighten the backlight behind bright areas, allowing the Solar Series to deliver an improved contrast of 1,000,000:1 and peak brightness greater than 4,000 cd/m2 for greater depth, detail, and color. The 1920 x 1080 Full HD Solar Series display is also able to handle 16-bit processing for high-dynamic-range (HDR) signals, producing an impressive 65,536 shades per color with more than 95% luminance uniformity through the LCD panel. It comes with professional inputs including HD-SDI.

SIM2 unveiled the Solar Series during the 2009 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) Show, February 3–5 in Amsterdam and plans to make the new SIM2 Solar Series available in the second quarter of 2009.

Darren Quick