Panasonic has developed a prototype of a 103-inch plasma display panel (PDP) with 1080p (progressive) HDTV resolution. The prototype is the world’s largest plasma display and can deliver more than two million pixels (1,920 Ã— 1,080) of performance.
In flat panel displays, plasma has technical advantages over other technologies, including LCD, when it comes to making larger size panels. Nevertheless, there are numerous technical challenges in making plasma panels that are larger than 100 inches measured diagonally while maintaining stable discharge and high picture quality across the entire surface of the panel.
Panasonic has overcome these technical hurdles by developing a new rib and phosphor for these super large panels. A “rib” divides each gas cell and prevents interference between adjacent cells to produce clear images. The 103-inch 1080p plasma panel, equivalent to four 50-inch panels in size, features consistent and uniform discharge, delivering the same accurate images from the center to every corner of the screen and brightness as the current 50-inch HD model (TH-50PX500). The panel incorporates Panasonic’s 1080p HD high-speed pixel drive.
Mr. Hiroyuki Nagano, Director, PDP Device Business Unit of Panasonic AVC Networks Company, said, “Demand for large-screen and high picture quality TVs is expected to further increase as digital HD broadcasting service continues to expand throughout the world. Also penetration of HD contents as well as Blu-ray Disc recorders and players will drive demand. Since Plasma is a self-illuminating device, it offers superior characteristics on several measures including dynamic contrast, true-to-life color reproduction, quick response time for sports and programs with fast-moving images and a wider viewing angle, an important factor for large screen display. These features make the Plasma panel an ideal device for a large screen TV, and, as a result, global demand for Plasma TV is growing rapidly.”
Size (aspect ration): 103 inches (16:9)
Number of pixels: 2.07 million (1,920 horizontal Ã— 1,080 vertical)
Pixel pitch: 1.182 Ã— 1.182 mm
Effective viewing area: 2,269.4 mm (W) 1,276.6 mm (H) 2,603.8 mm (Diagonal)
Contrast ration, in dark surroundings: 3000:1