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108-Inch TV Unveiled at Electronics Show

Associated Press Published: January 9, 2007

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- At the International Consumer Electronics Show, Sharp Electronics Corp. took the crown for introducing the world's largest LCD TV, a behemoth 108-inch liquid-crystal display that most people probably couldn't fit through their front door.

Sharp and its rivals also announced technological improvements to how LCDs render high-speed movement, cutting down on the staccato image trails that have so far made LCDs less smooth than plasma models.

"LCD TVs have become larger and are now competing aggressively in screen-size segments that were formerly the exclusive domain of plasma and rear-projection televisions," Sharp chief executive Toshihiko Fujimoto said. "There's no question that LCD TV is fast becoming the dominant flat-panel technology."

Last year, South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled what was then the world's largest flat TV - a 102-inch plasma model.

Sharp and several rival brands such as Samsung, LG Electronics Inc., Toshiba Corp., Royal Philips Electronics NV, Sony Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.'s Panasonic said they doubled the frame rate per second on LCD screens from 60 to 120, which makes fast movement seem to go by more smoothly.

Toshiba and Sharp explained this was done by calculating what should go between two frames.

"We take Frame A and Frame B and we create a Frame A-plus-B in between," said Toshiba vice president of marketing Scott Ramirez. "That eliminates that negative that LCD might have had."

Panasonic's Andrew Nelkin, vice president of the display group, said improvements to LCD TVs have narrowed, but not closed, the gap in moving-image quality with plasma screens.

"Whether that is 5 percent, 10 percent, 20 percent is still kind of up to the individual viewer," he said. "To some people any difference is very noticeable."

Sales of both plasma and LCD TVs have been booming, especially with the advent of high-definition digital broadcasting in the United States mandated to take effect by 2009.

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