Fujitsu Hitachi Plasma Display has demonstrated a 42-inch plasma display with 1080p resolution: 1,920 by 1080 pixels. The panels are slated to go into production in 2007, at which time you may see them showing up as HDTVs under the Hitachi brand.
This high resolution at this size is unremarkable for LCD panels, but is an important development for plasma displays. There is precious little 1080p content available at this point — and few ways to deliver it to your screen — but 1080p displays make good sense as a strategy to future-proof your HDTV investment, so plasma will need to be able to compete with LCDs and rear-projection displays at this higher level.
The big question is whether 2007 is soon enough. The other technologies are already well established at 1080p, while much of plasma sales continue to come from lower resolution EDTV panels. As LCD TVs approach plasma prices in the 40″ to 45″ range, higher resolution could be the feature that tips the scales for buyers trying to choose between the two technologies.