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Panasonic shows slimline prototype plasmas

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May 1, 2009

Panasonic's prototype 8.8mm thin 50-inch plasma

Panasonic's prototype 8.8mm thin 50-inch plasma

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May 1, 2009 Panasonic is giving Australian consumers a glimpse of future plasma display technologies first showcased at CES 2009. The two 50-inch prototype plasma TVs demonstrate next generation improvements to materials and processes, cell design, and circuit and drive technology, resulting in less energy consumption and twice the luminous efficiency of earlier models, all in an ultra-thin 8.8mm thick package.

Panasonic's improved "NeoPDP" ultra thin technology achieves triple luminance efficiency and reduces power consumption to 1/3 of the company's 2007 models, while achieving the same brightness in a panel that measures just 8.8mm (around 1/3 of an inch) thick.

The thinner profile was enabled by advancements made to the panel structure and circuit layout. There's also a 1080p Wireless HD-based transmission system that does away with cable clutter and allows users more setup flexibility – an area that plasma has traditionally come of second best in comparison to LCD.

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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