Austrian semiconductor manufacturer ams announced the availability of technology that enables a 42” flat panel TV to use less than 60 watts of power, while delivering an optimal viewing experience. The result is a TV that uses almost 50% percent less energy than standard 42” models while providing the highest picture quality, even in the lowest light conditions. An off-the-shelf television enhanced with the manufacturer’s Digital Ambient Light Sensor technology and smart LED drivers will be demonstrated during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013) in Las Vegas.


Based on the average daily television viewing in the United States, adopting ams’s intelligent sensor-driven backlighting technology would result in a reduction in CO2 consumption equivalent to removing more than 1 million cars from the road. Energy Star 6.0 calls for a 42” TV set to consume just 62.9 W of power, and the maximum any TV can consume – regardless of size – is just 85 W. Televisions that combine the new technology will meet and exceed the Energy Star 6.0 ratings without waivers or unusable brightness settings. They will also have an improved contrast ratio which is pleasing to the eye.