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InfoComm 2023 Highlights: Samsung Sets the Bar for Innovative and Sustainable Signage Solutions With Seven Award WinsBy Samsung Newsroom
Samsung Electronics once again showcased its unparalleled technical expertise and innovation at InfoComm 2023, North America’s largest audiovisual trade show. The event took place in Orlando, Florida, from June 14 to 16. Below are highlights from Samsung’s booth at InfoComm 2023.
▲ Samsung Electronics won a total of seven awards at InfoComm 2023.
Everyday Sustainability With Samsung Signage Solutions
Sustainability is at the core of Samsung’s innovative signage solutions. Samsung’s commitment to sustainability was recognized by System Contractor News (SCN), a leading audio and visual publication, with the Installation Product Awards for Most Innovative Sustainable Product Strategy, highlighting Samsung’s efforts to provide exceptional environmental strategy in the signage industry.
In addition, The Wall All-in-One and 2023 Smart Signage (QMC Model) have become the first signage models to receive carbon footprint certifications from TÜV Rheinland.1
▲ Samsung Booth visitors were welcomed by The Wall All-in-One, a 263-inch ultrawide 8K resolution screen, which played videos featuring Samsung’s sustainable future signage technologies.
▲ Scott Griggs, Managing Director of TÜV Rheinland, and Hyeong-gyu Park, Head of Enterprise PM Group for Samsung Electronics North America & LATAM, took part in the carbon footprint certification ceremony for Samsung’s new The Wall All-in-One and 2023 Smart Signage QxC Series.
▲ Samsung’s environmental strategy was awarded Most Innovative Sustainable Product Strategy in SCN’s Installation Product Awards.
▲ In an automotive showroom featuring The Wall, visitors could experience the enhanced contrast and increased brightness of the display and learn about the low-reflection film that minimizes light in different conditions.
The Wall for Virtual Production: Redefining Virtual Content Creation
One of the showstoppers at InfoComm 2023 was The Wall: a customizable modular display solution that offers high-resolution immersive viewing experiences. The screen has been used in diverse environments including traffic control centers, automobile design centers and product launch events.
At this year’s event, Samsung collaborated with Lux Machina, a pioneer in virtual production and ICVFX (In-Camera Visual Effects), to showcase the capabilities of The Wall for Virtual Production.
▲ The Wall for Virtual Production enables studios to streamline content production by leveraging ultra-large LED walls and real-time visual effects technology (left). The Wall for Virtual Production can be stacked or hung on a wall (right).
Empowering Businesses With Industry-Specific Display Solutions
At InfoComm 2023, Samsung presented its ever-expanding lineup of display solutions for various industries, ranging from corporate and retail to education, sports, hospitality and beyond.
▲ The recently launched 130-inch LED All-in-One (IAC Model) for corporate display solutions captivated attendees with its convenient installation process — a pre-assembled frame kit allows users to install the display by simply hanging it on a wall.
Samsung offers personalized options to help retailers meet customers’ unique needs — from kiosk solutions, now available on Windows OS, to touch displays.
▲ With enhanced usability and convenience through an all-in-one solution, Samsung Smart Signage products (QxC Series) received the 2023 Best of Show award from Digital Signage Magazine, the official media partner of InfoComm 2023.
▲ With no PC necessary, retailers can manage content, accept orders and process payments with ease using Samsung Kiosk. The solution received Digital Signage Magazine’s 2023 Best of Show award.
At InfoComm 2023, Samsung continued to make strides in the education sector with its remarkable retail display solutions. The award-winning Interactive Display (WAC Model) based on Android OS was recognized as the Most Innovative Collaboration Product in SCN’s Installation Product Awards, empowering educators and businesses with its cutting-edge features, software and connectivity.
▲ The Interactive Display (WAC Model) once again won Most Innovative Collaboration Product in SCN’s Installation Product Awards.
Samsung is one of the most recognized display solutions providers in the sports space, exemplified by the world-famous Infinity Screen at SoFi Stadium and the latest LED solutions at Citi Field and Minute Maid Park. At InfoComm 2023, Samsung showcased the Outdoor LED Signage XHB Series which received the BEST Awards for Outdoor Displays from audio and visual publication Commercial Integrator.
▲ With increased power efficiency compared to its predecessor, Samsung’s XHB Series offers an impressive peak brightness of 8,000nits, providing clear visibility under direct sunlight, and supports flexible installation options.
▲ Samsung displayed its commercial hospitality TV and projector solutions that enhance guest experiences, reflecting the increased interest in luxury and boutique design hotels.
Samsung Electronics, a global signage market leader for 14 years, has catered to the unique needs of various industries, pushing the boundaries of visual excellence and customer satisfaction through its display and signage solutions.
Through InfoComm 2023, Samsung reaffirmed its position as a commercial display market leader. Samsung will continue to redefine visual experiences across industries through exceptional signage solutions.
▲ Samsung received the rAVE 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards for Favorite Display Brand.
▲ InfoComm 2023 was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
1 TÜV Rheinland is a globally recognized testing body based in Cologne, Germany that provides quality and safety certifications across multiple industries.
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[Welcome to the 8K Universe (1)] Hearing From TV Experts: Charting the Present — and the Future — of 8K TVs Through Samsung’s Innovative TechnologiesBy Samsung Newsroom
Samsung Electronics has been shaping the history of television through the development of its technological innovations, from FHD and 4K through to 8K, thanks to its far-sighted strategic vision and an endless passion to bring new technologies to the market.
In order to learn more about the achievements made so far in the field of TV technological innovation, as well as the future of display technologies in the age of UHD screens, Samsung Newsroom sat down with TV experts.
▲ (From left) Sangmin Lee, Head of the Picture Quality Solution Lab, Hyunchul Song from the Product Development Group and Youngseok Han from H/W Platform Lab of Samsung’s Visual Display Business
Pioneering the Future of TV Through Endless Innovation
These days, picture quality has become one of the most crucial factors consumers consider when choosing a TV. In 1977, Samsung succeeded in the development and mass production of a color TV, the Color Economy TV, for the first time in Korea, ushering in the era of color television for the country. Samsung earned the title of the first color TV manufacturer in Korea thanks to its steadfast dedication to innovation, and the company was never complacent about the colossal success of its black and white TV model, the Econo TV, which took the lion’s share within the monthly TV market at the time.
▲ Samsung’s first LED TV, launched in 2009, wowed the world as a breakthrough in TV technology.
Next to be developed was the LCD TV, and, in 2009, Samsung unveiled its breakthrough model — the Samsung LED TV. The LED TV was the culmination of all the innovative technologies available at the time, allowing for unrivalled picture quality brought about by light-emitting diodes. All components of Samsung’s LED TV were designed anew, and the number of patents acquired for this model exceeded 3,000.
▲ Samsung’s QLED TV made its global debut at CES in 2017.
In 2017, Samsung then went on to introduce the world’s first QLED TV based on cadmium-free quantum dot technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The company’s innovative TV was at the center of attention that year, boasting superb picture quality and 100% color volume.
A year later, the company brought to the market a QLED 8K model that incorporated 8K resolution into Samsung’s proprietary quantum dot technology. It featured Direct Full Array, a backlight technology able to precisely control the lighting balance across every part of the picture on-screen, as well as 8K AI Upscaling, an upscaling technology designed to intelligently upgrade lower-quality videos into vivid 8K resolution, for the first time in the industry. Samsung’s innovative QLED 8K technologies are what launched the era of 8K.
“In 2020, Samsung unveiled the world’s first bezel-less TV that completely removed the bezels from around the display,“ said Hyunchul Song from the Product Development Group. “A year later, we further solidified our position as an industry leader by introducing our Neo QLED technology based on Quantum Mini LED displays. From FHD through to 8K, we have undertaken ceaseless efforts to develop innovative products that offer differentiated experiences based on consumer needs.”
Striving for Superior Picture Quality Through In-Depth Research Into Human Behavior
Samsung continues to strive to offer the best possible viewer experiences by delivering leading picture quality. However, what does “good picture quality” mean to someone who works on its development?
“Picture quality is considered good when it delivers a sense of reality to the viewer that feels as if you are witnessing the images on-screen first-hand,” explained Youngseok Han, a developer from the H/W Lab. “To ensure good picture quality, display performance indicators such as high resolution, high luminance and excellent color expression are essential. What also matters is how well-balanced the other cutting-edge technologies of the display are, including the chip design, the picture quality algorithms and the sound.”
Han went on to provide further insight into the importance of balance to the corresponding picture quality. “The factors that impact picture quality the most are how well you organize the various relevant technologies. These include those designed to reduce distortion and any image transmission noise, those that reproduce colors precisely and richly and create sharp contrast for more vivid, clear images and those motion technologies that ensure the movement of objects on-screen appears smooth and fluid.”
It would be impossible to develop good picture quality with just one singular technology, no matter how great that technology is. This is why Samsung is committed to developing innovative technologies through all kinds of different approaches without resting on their laurels as a leader in the industry. Recently introduced on the 2023 Neo QLED TV, Real Depth Enhancer is one of the new features that has been developed to the end of further improving picture quality.
When human eyes are focused on an object, attention is directed onto the object by optimizing sharpness, clarity and texture, all while also maintaining the background scene. Samsung’s Real Depth Enhancer technology was developed based on an understanding of this human behavior, and harnesses AI to automatically separate an object from its background to create a greater sense of depth and make the images truly pop.
Furthermore, Neo Quantum Matrix Pro technology improves the playback of fine details through precise control of the quantum mini LEDs across a total of 13,684 levels. This meticulous adjustment further adds dimension and a sense of reality to the images on-screen.
“Our Real Depth Enhancer technology is the result of an optimization of all the relevant technologies in a way that takes human psychology into account, instead of focusing only on improving resolution,” noted Han.
From 8K Games to Artworks on Samsung TVs in the Age of 8K Technology
These days, users are being bombarded by new content. Tens of thousands of new pieces of media and content are being published every day across all manner of platforms — but does the same apply for those contents being made in 8K?
“Following the recent growth of 8K devices including smartphones, anyone is able to create 8K content and view it in ultra-high resolution,” said Sangmin Lee, Head of the Picture Quality Solution Lab. “High-performance graphics cards also now make it possible for users to play 8K games, meaning that we are already living in the age of 8K UHD.”
Song further detailed the growth of 8K content in today’s viewing market. “There is a growing amount of 8K content available on social media channels, and artists are creating digital artworks in 8K,” he explained. “We added in ‘YouTube Videos in 8K’ feature to the 2023 Neo QLED TV to allow users to peruse the 8K content available on YouTube and explore digital artworks, such as an image in NFT1 form, at a single glance.”
Samsung is also taking the lead in expanding the 8K content ecosystem by being at the helm of the 8K Association, a global non-profit organization established in 2019 with the aim of establishing 8K standards and expanding 8K content. As of February 2023, the association has 33 members, including Samsung, TV panel producers, SoC chip makers and leading content creators. Last year, Samsung released a teaser for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series in 8K developed in collaboration with Amazon Prime Video, another member of the 8K Association.
Developing Optimal Picture Quality That Takes Viewing Experiences to the Next Level
In order to learn more about the next steps for industry leader Samsung in terms of picture quality in the age of 8K technology, Samsung Newsroom asked the three TV professionals what their goals are.
“As a developer, I feel the most accomplished when I hear the feedback that viewers think the images on-screen seem real to them,” said Han. “My goal is to further improve our algorithms by optimizing a range of components in order to deliver picture quality that is ‘more real than real’ to viewers.”
For Song, creating technologies that bring real value to users is of the utmost importance. “While the development department works to create the best picture quality through technological innovation, I am more involved in optimizing products to bring high-quality experiences to as many viewers as possible,” said Song. “I will continue to deliberate on what other kinds of user value we can bring to our viewers.”
Finally, from Lee’s perspective, the goal is and always has been to provide users with experiences that go beyond simply watching content. “The most important value that a display can provide is to present images that seem more real than reality itself,” explained Lee. “Through the best picture quality algorithms and leading sound performance, the optimal picture quality that is delivered then allows users to enjoy their favorite content without having to worry about adjusting the settings. Our ultimate goal is to offer superb picture quality that enables users to thoroughly enjoy their viewing experiences that go beyond simply watching content.”
Stay tuned to Samsung Newsroom for the second and final part in this series highlighting the role of the 8K TV and the innovative technologies Samsung has been developing to provide the best possible viewing experiences to its users.
1 SAVAGE is a high quality NFT marketplace featuring 4K/8K video and photography. With over 50 titles at launch in March 2023, SAVAGE will expand throughout the year with more than 250 new pieces from top creators and brands.
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With its technical expertise and industry-leading innovation, Samsung Electronics has been recognized for its global market leadership and excellence.
According to market research firm Omdia, Samsung once again topped the global TV market in 2022, making it the 17th year in a row the company has ranked first in the TV industry. This accomplishment can be attributed to the company’s commitment to premium viewing experiences and user-centered design.
By prioritizing its premium product lineup, Samsung has upheld its unparalleled leadership in the TV industry for an impressive 17 years, exemplified best by its Neo QLED lineup. In 2022, Samsung sold a staggering 9.65 million units of QLED and Neo QLED TVs, bringing cumulative sales to 35 million units since its launch in 2017. Samsung also dominated the ultra-large TV market segment in 2022, reporting a 36.1% and 42.9% market share for TVs over 75-inches and 80-inches respectively. For the premium TV market priced over $2,500, Samsung retained the largest market share by revenue at 48.6%.
“Our track record of industry leadership over the past 17 years was made possible by our consumers’ continued loyalty and trust in our products,” said Cheolgi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to pave the path to create the most premium device experiences that go beyond premium picture quality.”
Samsung’s leadership in the TV market for 17 consecutive years is a testament to the company’s commitment to providing the most innovative products with consumer-centric designs and upgraded user experiences. The launch of the Bordeaux TV in 2006 marked the mainstream adoption of LCD TVs with sophisticated designs and light-weight form factor. It was also the first time for Samsung to rank number one in the global television market. The company continued to bring groundbreaking technologies closer to consumers by launching its first LED TV in 2009 and Smart TV in 2011, holding the top position in the market throughout each of those launches and after.
Samsung continued to push the boundaries of picture quality and innovation by introducing products with the latest technologies as well. In 2017, Samsung defined the term “next-generation display” by unveiling the first QLED TV, which utilized quantum dot technology to achieve 100 percent color volume for the first time in the industry. In 2018, the company launched the groundbreaking QLED 8K, followed by the Quantum Mini LED-backed Neo QLED and the self-illuminating MICRO LED in 2021. This collection of innovative technologies redefined the standard for TV picture quality and continued to set new industry benchmarks each time.
Additionally, Samsung has been at the forefront of pioneering new categories such as the Lifestyle series. Starting with the iconic design of The Serif in 2016, Samsung has continued to evolve its product lineup with designs to enhance the user experience through products such as The Frame, The Sero, The Terrace, The Premiere and The Freestyle.
In 2023, Samsung’s commitment to innovation continues with the development of intuitive technology designed to meet the needs of users. SmartThings will enable seamless integration and connectivity of multiple devices with security remaining a top priority, empowering users to create deeply personalized experiences that accommodate both their unique preferences and needs.
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