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Sharp breaks LCD size limit with 65-inch panel

Posted: 08 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Sharp Corp. debuted a 65-inch LCD panel here Tuesday (Oct. 5) featuring full HD resolution. The panel is the largest LCD panel to date.

Forty-inch LCDs have become the industry's standard for dividing up the flat-panel market. LCDs at that size and smaller are viewed as suitable for smaller applications while and plasma displays are generally used for larger applications.

"Such market segregation is no longer significant," said Takashi Okuda, group general manager for Sharp's Audio-Visual Systems Group. During the CEATEC show here, Sharp's 65-inch display was displayed next to Matsushita's 65-inch plasma display display. Market leader Matsushita's strategy is to become the top PDP supplier.

Sharp began operating a sixth-generation LCD fab in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture, in January. Since then, it has fine-tuned the operation, which is thus far yielding large panels measuring a maximum of 45 inches.

"When we introduced the 45-inch display, we got a reaction from the market for a much larger size display," said Okuda.

From the sixth-generation glass substrate of 1,500-by-1,800 mm, two 65-inch panels can be cut up.

Sharp demonstrated the 65-inch display with full HD resolution at 1,920-by-1,080 pixels. Now the company intends to introduce displays under 60 inches within its fiscal year ending in March 2006. "PDP panels are at present advantageous in price, but I believe we can squeeze the price gap eventually," said Okuda.

- Yoshiko Hara

EE Times

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