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Mitsubishi Electric receives IEEE Milestone Award for its iconic Diamond Vision outdoor display.

Mitsubishi Electric receives IEEE milestone award for its iconic Diamond Vision outdoor display.

TOKYO, March 8, 2018 – Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503)

The IEEE Milestone commemorative plaque recognising Mitsubishi Electric's contribution to the development of full-colour daylight video screen technology.

More than 2000 Diamond Vision systems have been installed globally since the first screen was introduced at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, USA, in 1980. The award recognises the pivotal role played by Mitsubishi Electric in the development of outdoor large screen technology and the importance of Diamond Vision as the world's first outdoor large-scale colour video display. 
Before 1980, conventional electric scoreboards at stadiums employed incandescent lamps to display just alphanumeric information. In response to growing demand for screens that could show live TV images at distances of up to 100 meters, Mitsubishi Electric successfully developed a three-color (red, blue and green) compact cathode ray tube (CRT) capable of displaying brilliant full-colour video even in sunlight. Alongside the screen technology itself came revolutionary software that could be used to control images, music and other content, thereby providing a tremendous boost to the in-game entertainment at stadiums.
"We are deeply honoured to receive the IEEE Milestone for Diamond Vision," said Masaki Sakuyama, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Electric. "This is the first time our company has received this honour exclusively and it also represents the first IEEE Milestone to be received by a company in the Kyushu region of Japan. We are proud that Diamond Vision has continued to deliver highly impressive video images to spectators around the world for more than 35 years. We will continue to challenge ourselves to develop other useful technologies that truly enrich people's lives."
Since the first installation at the Dodger Stadium, Diamond Vision displays have been installed in a wide variety of facilities worldwide. The technology has continued to evolve, with Mitsubishi Electric a driving force behind the development flat matrix CRTs, and the subsequent replacement of CRTs with LEDs. Today’s high definition LED Diamond Vision displays are found not just in sports arenas, but at iconic landmark locations such as Times Square in New York and the SOGO building in Hong Kong amongst many others.
"The first Diamond Vision was born right here in Nagasaki more than 35 years ago," said Teruaki Tanaka, Senior General Manager, Nagasaki Works, Mitsubishi Electric. "Since then, Diamond Vision has become synonymous with outdoor large-scale colour display systems around the world. Becoming part of history with this award is a tribute to the contributions of everyone involved with Diamond Vision here in Nagasaki. We look forward to evolving Diamond Vision even further in the future."
In recognition of these achievements, the IEEE has now honoured the world's first technology for large, full-colour displays useable in sunlight, noting that Mitsubishi Electric has continued to evolve and improve its proprietary imaging system more than 35 years after first introducing Diamond Vision to the world.

The presentation ceremony held at the Hotel New Nagasaki on March 8, 2018 


Major Diamond Vision Installations

More than 2,000 Diamond Vision displays have been installed in sports stadiums, racetracks, public spaces, shopping malls and other types of venues in Japan and abroad.


Special Notes


Screen Size    (w) x (h)

July, 1980

 World’s first full color large-scale

 display device installed

 Dodger Stadium (USA)

 8.7m x 5.8m


 First installed in Japan

Korakuen Stadium (Japan)

 13.0m x 5.8m


 Flat matrix type CRT installed

 Kishiwada Cyclepia
 Stadium (Japan)

 5.12m x 4.16m

October, 1996

 Frist LED types installed

 Iwataya Department

 Store (Japan)

 2.27m x 1.62m

April, 2003

 3 in 1 LED types installed

Mitsubishi Motors Showroom (Japan)

 3.84m x 2.88m

March, 2014

Black package LED installed

 Studio Alta (Japan)

12.8m x 7.2m


August, 2003

 (Then) World’s longest screen 

 Sha Tin Racecourse 
 (Hong Kong)


 70.4m x 8.0m





March, 2005


 World’s biggest outdoor HD video
 screen installed


 Atlanta Braves (USA)


 24.0m x 21.7m



September, 2009





 (Then) World’s biggest full HD

 video screen


 Dallas Cowboys (USA)

 48.32m x 21.76m x 2sets

 15.36m x 8.7m x 2sets

 601.92m x 1.056m

 253.1m x 0.88m x 2sets

10.9m x 2.3m x 4sets

January, 2010

 (Then) World’s longest video

UAE Madan horse race course (UAE)

 107.5m x 10.88m

November, 2014

 (Then) World’s biggest video
 screen for advertisement

1535 Broadway Marriot Marquis (USA)

 100.4m x 23.6m


About IEEE and IEEE Milestone Award

The IEEE is the world’s largest technical-profession organization in the fields of electricity, electronics, information and communications. It is headquartered in the United States and had more than 420,000 members in over 160 countries, including 14,266 members in Japan, at the end of 2017. The IEEE Milestone program, founded in 1983 to honor historical achievements at least 25 years after their development, recognizes groundbreaking innovations in the fields of electricity, electronics, information and communications.