We have some updates from Innolux about their panel development plans which is always interesting to see. Our last update was Dec 2019. This is Innolux as a panel manufacturer, as opposed to any specific monitor/display manufacturer, but it gives an indication of where monitors are likely to go in the future by looking ahead at the panel production plans. Innolux make an increasingly large range portion of the IPS-type panels (their ‘AAS’ technology and their ‘AAS IGZO’ technology) along with some VA-type options. We’ve seen these IPS-type panels adopted in more gaming screens in recent years. They give an interesting alternative to more widespread AUO and LG.Display IPS equivalents.
Please keep in mind that the production dates are not set in stone and may change, and there is then also a lag of several months before a panel is produced, then used in a display and launched to market. We have updated our panel parts database with all the new information we have as well as best we can. Here are the highlights.
New 34″ Ultrawide IPS-type Panels Planned with High Refresh Rate
Innolux are planning to develop a couple of new panels in their AAS IPS-type technology, an area they have previously not looked at. Two new IPS-type panels are listed. The first is the M340KCA-E7B which is a fairly rare flat format panel with a 3440 x 1440 resolution, 165Hz refresh rate, 3 side borderless design and a 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut. This is due to go in to production around September 2021. The second panel is in planning at the moment with no listed date and is the M340KCU-E7B which offers the same specs, but this time with a curved 3800R format.
New 31.5″ IPS-type panel with 1440p and 165Hz in production
Innolux have a new panel that should be in production as of January 2021 but that we have not seen listed before. The M315KCA-E7L is IPS-type (AAS technology) and offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 165Hz refresh rate, 250 cd/m2 brightness (SDR), 3-side borderless design and a >90% DCI-P3 colour gamut.
Increasing the refresh rate of 27″ 1440p Panels above 240Hz
Innolux have plans to drive up the refresh rate of 1440 resolution (2560 x 1440) panels in their range, starting with a 27″ module. The M270KMA-E7B is the first planned and is 27″ in size and will have a refresh rate above 240Hz. The exact final figure is not yet confirmed, but it is listed as expected between 240 and 300Hz. This will be their first attempt to drive refresh rates higher than 240Hz on this resolution. The panel is AAS IGZO technology and will also offer a >90% DCI-P3 colour gamut, 1ms G2G response time with overdrive and HDR 600 support. Production should be under way since Feb 2021.
27″ Mini LED Panel with High Refresh Rate
Another new panel showing up in their roadmap is the 27″ sized M270KMA-EFB. This panel will feature a Mini LED backlight (number of zones not listed) for excellent local dimming performance, but interestingly will be paired with a 2560 x 1440 resolution 240Hz AAS (IPS-type) panel. It also has a 99% DCI-P3 colour gamut and will be HDR 1000 certified.
This is the first Mini LED backlight we have heard of with this high refresh rate (240Hz) in this kind of size. The only other Mini LED panel with 240Hz is the much larger recently launched Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 which is 49″ in size and has a super-wide format. The combination of Mini LED and 240HZ refresh rate in a smaller 16:9 format should be an interesting combination. There is no listed date for this yet, it is still in planning phase.
No further MegaZone and Mini LED Backlight updates
For completeness we should mention that there is no specific update or news on the Megazone (>2 million dimming zones) or 10,000 zone Mini LED backlights discussed in our last update from Dec 2019. We do know that further Mini LED development is being discussed still, so we can’t rule these out but there are no further firm plans yet unfortunately.
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