First it was CRT. Then we got LCD and PDP and DLP and LCoS. After that, the never-growing OLED and the ever-delayed SED appeared. Today, it's all about WTF because FED has arrived and Sony wants it to stay.
But you are probably asking yourself: What in the name of all that is sacred, good and wears latex pants is FED? And would it require me to use one of those cool silver anti-radiation jackets? FED stands for Field Emission Display, a technology that is similar to SED but that uses a grid of carbon nanotubes to emit the electrons that excite phosphor dots in order to create the image.
Sony has just presented a new 19.2-inch 1280 × 960 pixel, 400cd/m2 panel demonstrating the technology, with an impressive 20,000:1 contrast. They want to release it in 2009, with models up to 30 inches with Full HDTV support. More details and photos after the jump.
In a way, FED it's like coming full circle to Sony's good old Trinitron, but with less power consumption, and in a super-thin frame. There's also a very wide angle of vision and a total lack of death pixels (apparently, even if 20% of the emitters fail, you won't see any dead pixels).
Looking at the pictures, however, it looks like FED will also have at least one of the issues of old CRT technologies: screen flicker. However, looking at the specs this doesn't seem to be the case: FED supports 24 to 240 frames per second refresh and the artifacts are likely due to the lack of sync between the ambient fluorescent lights and screen frequencies.
There's no word on prices yet, but apparently they are going to be cheaper to make than LCDs because it uses fewer components.
And answering your second question: the jacket, we can only hope, is optional.