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Panasonic shows 150in plasma screen

Panasonic yesterday showed off the prototype of a new 150in plasma display, which the company says is the largest flat-panel display in the world.

Measuring 11ft wide, the Panasonic Life Screen is the size of nine 50in plasma screens, said Toshihiro Sakamoto, president of Panasonic, yesterday during a keynote at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

It displays images at a resolution of 2160 by 4096 pixels, four times the resolution of Panasonic's current high-definition plasma screens, which display images at a 1080 by 1920 pixel resolution, Sakamoto said.

The 150-inch panel is designed for digital cinema and promotional installations. Sakamoto did not say when the screen would be delivered. In developing the product, Panasonic was encouraged by the sales of 3,000 units of 103in plasma TVs, more than the company expected, Sakamoto said.

The executive also showed off a prototype 50in plasma high-definition, thin TV. The display is 24.7mm thick and weighs around 22kg, half the weight of current high-definition TV models in similar sizes, Sakamoto said. This makes for easier installation and wall-mounting of the screen.

No shipping date for the 50in screen was announced.

Panasonic is making an effort to reduce the power consumption of plasma displays, Sakamoto said, and the new designs include new circuitry and designs that cut energy consumption by up to half.

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