From Einstein to Xbox: The IFA consumer electronics exhibition turns 50

From Sept. 3-8, the IFA , one of the oldest and largest consumer electronics exhibitions on the planet, will be in full swing.

Widescreen TV at IFA 1989

Philips launched widescreen 16:9 television at IFA in 1989. Promoted as "a new picture format for the 90s," the system was first used in Europe on satellite broadcasts. Some analog terrestrial broadcasting followed but it wasn't until digital TV broadcasting began that the format achieved mass popularity.

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