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Panasonic to sell 103-inch plasma display

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April 22, 2006

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April 23, 2006 Worldwide demand for plasma TV screens is expected to top 25 million units in 2010 – plasma displays are just that much bigger for the price. Accordingly, we have a market shaping up as a wonderful contest between the world’s largest plasma manufacturers. Prior to 2006, LG and Samsung had both displayed 102 inch not-for sale plasmas, but in January at CES, Panasonic unveiled a 103 inch and claimed the heavyweight championship. Now, Panasonic has decided to put the 103-inch screen into production. Yes folks, you’ll actually be able to buy one before the end of the year though no price has been mentioned just yet. We think this will signal a declaration of war in the very large display market as the highly competitive Korean companies LG and Samsung love to play “mine’s bigger than yours” and can be expected to focus attention on the area.

April 23, 2006 Worldwide demand for plasma TV screens is expected to top 25 million units in 2010 – plasma displays are just that much bigger for the price. Accordingly, we have a market shaping up as a wonderful contest between the world’s largest plasma manufacturers. Prior to 2006, LG and Samsung had both displayed 102 inch not-for sale plasmas, but in January at CES, Panasonic unveiled a 103 inch and claimed the heavyweight championship. Now, Panasonic has decided to put the 103-inch screen into production. Yes folks, you’ll actually be able to buy one before the end of the year though no price has been mentioned just yet. We think this will signal a declaration of war in the very large display market as the highly competitive Korean companies LG and Samsung love to play “mine’s bigger than yours” and can be expected to focus attention on the area.

The Panasonic 103 incher can deliver more than two million pixels (1,920 x 1,080) of performance and Panasonic had to overcome numerous technical challenges to produce such a large panel, while maintaining stable discharge and high picture quality across the entire panel surface. The company overcame this hurdle by developing a new rib and phosphor and developing a 1080p HD high-speed pixel drive.

Size (aspect ratio): 103 inches (16:9) Number of Pixels: 2.07 million (1,920 horizontal x 1,080 vertical) Pixel Pitch: 3.8' Effective Viewing Area: Width: 7.5' Height: 4.2' Diagonal: 8.5' Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 Availability/Pricing: December 2006/To be announced at a later date

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