Dolby and SIM2 exploit local dimming LED backlight technology

Dolby and SIM2 hope to build high-end LCD screens with greatly enhanced contrast, using the benefits of LEDs.

SIM2 Multimedia and Dolby Laboratories, Inc are working together to develop new prototype high dynamic range (HDR)-enabled liquid crystal display (LCD) flat screens using Dolby's new LED-based local dimming technology.

In addition, SIM2 will provide Dolby with manufacturing reference designs. SIM2 Multimedia manufactures home theater products and high-end large screen systems and professional projection systems.

The new prototype displays will feature Dolby's dynamic range imaging technologies, Dolby(R) Contrast and Dolby Vision, incorporated in SIM2's unique industrial concept. Dolby Vision combines high brightness with enhanced contrast to deliver picture quality that virtually matches real-world visual perception of depth, detail, and color.

Dolby Contrast leverages LEDs with local dimming to provide dramatically enhanced contrast. The technology was developed by BrightSide, a Canadian company acquired by Dolby earlier this year (see news).

"At SIM2, we design, develop, and deliver high-end display products that are visually stunning," said Maurizio Cini, President of SIM2 Multimedia. "Working with Dolby, we fuse our striking design with Dolby's core technology to deliver dazzling visual quality."

SIM2 says that, through its work with Dolby, it will continue its long-term focus on delivering "new and innovative technology solutions that enhance entertainment by making the experience as close as possible to reality."

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