LCD HDTV: Never Too Thin

Sharp's new 52-inch LCD HDTV prototype is remarkably thin. Sharp's new LCD panel looks great.

Sharp announced a new prototype LCD HDTV this week. The 52″ model is remarkable for the fact that it is less than 30 mm thick. For those of you who don’t have the metric system memorized, that’s less than an inch and a quarter. And that’s about the thickness of a typical 10″ LCD. The panel is also lightweight at about 55 pounds, which is about a third less than others of similar size.

The panel apparently relies on new technology advances in both backlight and the panel construction, though details were not released at this time. A company representative did say that they expect to put the new technology into production in 2010. In any case, the pictures of the screen look great, and this is a remarkable achievement that adds to LCD’s advantages over plasma.

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