Plasma wars: LG unveils largest panel yet

LG Electronics has beaten its own record for the largest prototype Plasma Display Panel (PDP) yet produced with the development of a panel that is 190cm in diagonal width.

The panel is a jump on the company's 177cm panel announced in July this year and a 175cm panel developed by rivals Samsung Electronics that was announced in May.

The 190cm panel was unveiled by the company at the Korea Electronics Show (KES), which took place in Seoul, South Korea, last week. It has a resolution of 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels. That resolution makes it suitable for widescreen high-definition television and matches the resolution of the LG and Samsung panels mentioned above.

The company released no information about when the prototype might become a commercial product.

LG is making aggressive moves in the PDP market and has stated it plans to capture a 25 per cent share of the world market and become the world's largest manufacturer of PDPs in terms of market share by 2005.

To this aim the company recently opened its second production line and has announced plans for a third line.

Both the new lines are - and will be - situated alongside the company's first line at its factory in Gumi, central South Korea.

The second production line, inaugurated on September 24, has a capacity of 35,000 panels per month and more than doubles maximum capacity at the factory to 65,000 panels per month. LG invested $US118 million to construct the line.

The third line, which was announced in July, is scheduled for operation in September 2004. It will have a capacity of 75,000 panels per month and take maximum capacity at the plant to 140,000 per month, or almost 1.7 million panels per year.

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Martyn Williams

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