Samsung has once again made our dreams of living in a futuristic wonderland one step closer.
Last October the electronics superstar announced that their engineers had made a breakthrough in LED technology. A representative of Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology said they had successfully fabricated “nearly single crystalline Gallium Nitride on amorphous glass substrates”. In other words, they figured out how to make LED screens out of ordinary glass.
That may not sound too impressive; after all glass has been used in the production of TV’s since they were first produced. However it’s all to do with the components that make up the LED screen that makes this discovery so exciting.
Current LED TV’s generally use sapphire substrates (tiny pieces of sapphire) to build an LED screen. A costly process I’m sure you can imagine. What Samsung has discovered is a way to create an LED screen that substitutes sapphire with ordinary glass. The same kind of glass that’s in your windows!
What does this mean for the rest of us common folk? HUGE LED screens, that’s what.
Current Gallium Nitride (GaN) LED TV’s on the market are 2-inches in size. With this new technology GaN LED’s could be as much as 400 times larger! And because they’ll be using glass substrates they’ll be able to lower production costs.