Sharp has begun offering an ¥11m (£50,000) monitor based on the 108in LCD panel it first unveiled over a year ago.
The panel, which is the largest yet to be shown by any LCD maker, was first unveiled in January 2007 at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and promised for later in the year but was delayed. Sharp has now made it available to customers worldwide on a build-to-order basis.
The full high definition (1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels) monitor comes with a wide array of input sockets. There's analogue RGB and DVI computer inputs, 3 HDMI inputs, two composite video inputs, two sets of component video inputs and one S-Video input. The entire set weighs an impressive 195 kilograms and consumes 1.1 kilowatts when in use.
Measuring 2.2 metres by 2.5 metres, the display panel is the largest currently possible from Sharp's most advanced production line in Kameyama, Japan.
The first place to get the monitor is the new Shinjuku Piccadilly cinema complex, which opens on July 19 in Tokyo. The monitor will be installed in the lobby of the cinema and used to display trailers for upcoming movies, according to Sharp.