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CEBIT: Samsung turns on 40-in TFT TV

Samsung Electronics is to unveil a 40-inch TFT, LCD television at the 2002 CEBIT trade show in Hanover tomorrow.


The TV has an XGA-quality display with 980,000 pixels (1,280 by 768 resolution) in a wide-screen format, and a viewing angle of 170 degrees. It is designed for digital broadcasting services, and has the ability to reproduce 16.7 million colours, a contrast ratio of 600:1 and a brightness of 500 candelas.

Flat panel television makers are divided over which of two competing technologies will become the de facto standard. Like Samsung, Sharp is pushing a flat-panel TV line with TFT LCD technology. Other companies, including Fujitsu, NEC, Hitachi and Sony have developed sets based on plasma display panel technology.

Samsung has not disclosed details of pricing and availability. At present, both technologies suffer from a common problem: high price. A 22-inch LCD-based set from Sharp has a list price of around $1,940, while a 42-inch plasma TV from Hitachi costs around $5,000.

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