Although the rollout of LED-backlit LCDs is still in the early stages, Microsemi is banking on its latest breakthrough to provide "system-level solutions that accelerate the design of advanced LED-based backlighting for large screen LCD televisions." Dubbed DAZL! (Digital Advanced Zone Lighting), the chipsets reportedly produce unprecedented "uniformity of color, brightness, contrast, blur-free performance, and energy savings," and moreover, they reduce the number of components needed to build LED backlights. Currently, the firm is already testing the waters by sampling flat-panel manufacturers who supposedly plan on implementing its technology in their next-generation sets, so we'll just hold tight 'til 2008 and see exactly how dazzled we really are.

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