International makers pushing full HD displays at CEDIA EXPO

Emily Chuang,, Taipei 0

Leading display vendors such as Hitachi, Sharp, Sony and Envision are highlighting a full range of new LCD TVs, PDP (plasma display panel) TVs and front projectors that support full high-definition TV (HDTV) signals at CEDIA EXPO 2006 in Denver, Colorado, US (September 14-17, 2006).

Hitachi shows 42-inch full HD PDP TV

Hitachi America, a subsidiary of Hitachi, is highlighting 42- nd 60-inch full HD PDP TVs. Featuring brightness of 1,000 cd/m2 and native resolution of 1,920x1,080, the 42-inch full HDTV delivers more than two million pixels. Prices and model number of the 42-inch TV are not yet available.

The Japan-based company is also unveiling new 42- and 55-inch PDP TVs with resolution of 1,024×1,080. Both its 42- (42HDX99) and 55-inch (55HDX99) HD models feature a new Deep-Black Natural Color Filter technology that effectively absorbs ambient room light and reducing reflections for richer blacks and vibrant colors. Hitachi has begun shipping the 42HDX99 and 55HDX99, which are priced at US$3,099 and US$4,999, respectively, according to the company.

Hitachi plans to introduce complete full HD TV lineups in 2007.

Sharp introduces its first 1080p DLP projector

Sharp is showcasing a series of full HD LCD TVs (37-, 42-, 46-, 52-, 57- and 65-inch ones) at CEDIA 2006, along with its first 1080p DLP front projector, according to the company.

Sharp's new DLP projector (XV-Z20000) utilizes a single 0.95-inch DMD (digital micromirror device) chip from Texas Instruments (TI). The projector, with contrast ratio of 12,000:1 and a brightness of 1,000 ANSI lumens, has a resolution of 1,920 x1,080 for a 16:9 widescreen movie viewing. The XV-Z20000 will be available in October for a MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) of US$11,999.99.

The company is also expanding its Aquos line-up with the introduction of three (42-, 46- and 52-inch) screen sizes. The new models are using LCD panels from Sharp's new eighth-generation (8G) Kameyama plant. Other features for the new TVs include dual high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) inputs and support of 1080p signals from Blu-ray devices.

All three models will be available in October, the LC-42D62U for a MSRP of US$2,499.99, the LC-46D62U for a MSRP of US$3,499.99 and the LC-52D62U for a MSRP of US$4,799.99.


Sharp 52-inch LCD TV
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Sony adds new 1080p projector

Sony is featuring a full HD projector and two 52-inch LCD TV models during the show. The new projector (VPL-VW50 model), based on the company's Silicon X-tal Reflective Display (SXRD) technology, offers a native 1,920x1,080 resolution and a 900-lumens brightness. Priced at US$4,999.99, the VPL-VW50 joins Sony's two existing 1080p SXRD front projectors, the Qualia 004R1 and the VPL-VW100, and uses three 0.61-inch SXRD chips (one each for red, green and blue color reproduction), according to the company.

The 52-inch TVs features a brightness of 450 cd/m2, a contrast ratio of 1,500:1 and supports full HDTV signals, with a resolution of 1,920x1,080 and a viewing angle of 178 degrees. The KDL-52XBR3 model features a black bezel finish while the KDL-52XBR2 features a silver bezel. Sony will start shipping the TVs in November globally for about US$6,800 and US$6,500, respectively.

Sony projector

Sony 1080p front projector
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Sony 52-inch LCD TV
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Envision debuts 50-inch full HD PDP TV

Envision Peripherals Inc. (EPI), vendors of AOC- and Envision-branded displays, is introducing a 50-inch Envision (P50H260) PDP HD TV. The new PDP TV will be available in the US this fall with a suggested retail price of US$2,299.

The Envision P50H260 features a resolution of 1,366x768, a contrast ratio of 8,000:1 and a brightness of 1,200 cd/m2, with a viewing angle of 160 degrees. The PDP TV also includes Clear QAM and ATSC tuners for digital transmissions decoding from cable, satellite and over air transmission without requiring a separate set-top box (STB).

In addition, the company is showing a new 27-inch LCD TV (L27W461). Built with a resolution of 1,366x768, the 27-inch model has a contrast ratio of 1,000:1 and a viewing angle of 176 degrees. Its 8 ms response time is ideal for video games. The L27W461 has a suggested retail price of US$899, according to the company.


Envision new 50-inch PDP TV
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Envision 27-inch LCD TV
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