TV giant Samsung of course had an expanded line of LED backlit televisions to show at CES. As a reminder, LED backlighting has the virtue that backlight output can be controlled LED by LED in real time so that contrast ratios can be enhanced (less backlighting in dark areas of a frame, more in bright areas).
Here is Samsung's full press release:
SAMSUNG Ushers In New Era For Flat-Panel Television With New Category Line-up Of LED LCD HDTVS
on Jan 08, 2009
LED Technology Brings Higher Contrast Ratios, Slimmer Designs and Improved Energy Efficiency to the Living Room
LAS VEGAS, January 7, 2009 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, raises the bar for flat-panel TVs everywhere with the launch of an entirely new line-up of advanced LED HDTVs. Samsung’s latest HDTVs will be on display at Booth #11033 during the International Consumer Electronics Show, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 8 through 11, 2009.
The new 8000, 7000 and 6000 Series build upon the success of Samsung’s first and second generation LED HDTV models. These cutting-edge TVs use LEDs as their primary light source, rather than traditional Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL). Benefits of using LEDs include ultra-high contrast ratios, slim depths that allow for more artful designs, plus increased energy savings. In addition, a variety of state-of-the-art networking features give the ability to adapt to how consumers view and experience with shows, movies, games and other multimedia at home.
“Samsung has proven LED technology is a viable choice for consumers desiring the best picture possible from an LCD television. Samsung’s latest LED televisions redefine the standards for viewing quality, energy-efficiency and home entertainment décor,” said Jonas Tanenbaum, Vice President of LCD HDTV Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “Samsung stays committed to developing technology and products that go beyond current expectations of value, quality and innovation. And, we are excited to be a part of this exciting point in TV evolution.”