CES - Panasonic shows 150-inch plasma screen

Panasonic displayed a 150-inch plasma display prototype, which is the size of nine 50-inch plasma screens.

Plasma screens just keep getting bigger, with Panasonic on Monday showing the prototype of a new 150-inch plasma display, which the company says is the largest flat-panel display in the world.

Measuring 11 feet wide, the Panasonic Life Screen is the size of nine 50-inch plasma screens, said Toshihiro Sakamoto, president of Panasonic AVC Networks Co., during a Monday 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 103-inch plasma TVs, more than the company expected, Sakamoto said.

The executive also showed off a prototype 50-inch plasma high-definition, thin TV. The display is 24.7 millimeters (0.97 inches) thick and weighs around 22 kilograms (48 pounds), 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 50-inch 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.

The International Consumer Electronics Show will be held Jan. 7-10.

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