Panasonic's 8.8mm-thick 50-inch PDP panel (Photo taken by Hiroaki Kitahara)
Panasonic's 8.8mm-thick 50-inch PDP panel (Photo taken by Hiroaki Kitahara)
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Panasonic has announced the development of thin-profile display panel technologies for both Plasma (PDP) and LCD HDTVs, achieving what it claims are further advancements in picture quality and environmental performance.

The newly-developed technology, NeoPDP(eco) and NeoLCD(eco), are claimed to achieve the world's highest level picture quality as well as environmental performance through energy conservation and thin panel design in both PDPs and LCDs.

The NeoPDP technology has been incorporated into two types of PDP. The first is a super high-efficiency 42-inch PDP that achieves triple luminance efficiency, while reducing power consumption to 1/3 of the models released in 2007 yet achieving the same brightness.

The second is an ultra-thin 50-inch PDP just 8.8mm (approx 1/3 inch) in profile. This ultra-thin panel is said to deliver the world's highest moving picture resolution of 1080 lines.

The NeoLCD technology is integrated into a super energy-efficient 90kWh per year 37-inch LCD panel that achieves moving picture resolution of 1,000 lines, close to that of a PDP. It is claimed to have the lowest energy consumption of any LCD HDTV in the world, cutting the energy requirement almost by half compared to the previous model.

These prototypes will be featured at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas from January 8-11, 2009.