A look inside a massive
processor that stores, edits and sends 8K video.
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WAUKESHA — Foxconn Technology Group has announced it
will make liquid crystal displays — LCD — at the
proposed southern Wisconsin plant that could come online
as soon as 2020. Foxconn officials say the display plant
will expand their production of super high-definition 8K
LCD screens backlit by LEDs, which sounds extremely
advanced technologically. But other technologies are
gaining momentum that could offer an even thinner,
crisper and more energy-efficient display in the future.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of LED and OLED and a
basic rundown of Foxconn’s display products:
Most LCD screens, monitors and televisions on the market
are backlit with a light panel made up of clusters of
LED (light-emitting diode) screens cannot go fully black
and have longstanding problems producing a dark black
that allows for higher contrast and a more realistic
image on screen.
LEDs are widely manufactured and therefore have a much
lower price point than OLED televisions and screens.
Though LEDs are cheaper for consumers, they do draw more
power and are less energy-efficient than OLED screens
because the LED light clusters don’t have the capability
to go completely black.
Also known as organic light-emitting diode, OLED screens
are made of organic compounds that illuminate with
Instead of using a thicker LED light panel, OLEDs can be
made incredibly small and thin; so small that they can
be used as individual pixels that are illuminated by
their own, separate light.
OLED pixels have the ability to light up and go
completely black or shut off. Therefore the OLED
displays produce a deep black, which greatly adds to
overall picture quality.
OLED displays are more energy-efficient because of their
ability to have individual pixels essentially turn off
when they go black. However, when watching bright video
like a football game or Olympic games,
more power will be
Due to picture quality and energy efficiencies, many
tech writers have scored OLED screens and televisions as
the superior technology, only detracted by things like
cost and size of LEDs.
— Source: “OLED vs. LED: Which is the
better TV technology?” from Digital Trends,
Innolux display monitor shows the medical uses of
high-definition screens, which will be built in the
proposed LCD screen factory in southeast Wisconsin. The
display is at Waukesha County Technical College through
Hannah Weikel/Freeman Staff
8K resolution has four times more pixels than 4K
resolution, which is currently widely available in the
Compared to other screens with a height of 1,080 pixels
or 3,840 pixels in 4K screens, 8K has a whopping 7,680
pixels — creating the clearest image imaginable.
8K televisions are expected to be widely sold in the
U.S. between 2018 and 2020.
The clear images produced on 8K screens are already
starting to aid the aviation, medical and automotive
8K video storage and editing requires higher computing
power. Foxconn expects to use ultra-fast 5G wireless
internet to accommodate the higher resolution images.
Facts at a glance:
Foxconn will build 8K LCD displays backlit by LED lights
Some say 8K technology will be widely available in one
to three years
8K displays are currently only built and available in
8K video storage and editing requires massive computers
and computing power, which consume additional power and
— Source: “8K TV: Everything you need to
know about the futuristic resolution” from TechRadar,