While Sharp's Quattron technology adds discrete yellow to standard red, green, and blue (RGB) primary colors to improve TV color fidelity, Mitsubishi has taken a different approach to achieve a similar result. Mitsubishi has developed a hybrid LED-edgelit LCD panel that utilizes red laser diodes on top of cyan LEDs. This new technology delivers a wider color gamut of about 1.3 times and "drastically" improves red vividness, according to the company.
Sony and Sharp have previously introduced LED-backlighting systems via RGB LEDs for their past LCD TVs. In Mitsubishi's case, the red element is taken care of by the lasers, while the cyan LEDs cover the green and blue spectrums. These laser-assisted flat panels should be launched in 2011 and will first debut in Japan. There's no indication of pricing yet.