NEC-Mitsubishi took the wraps off a new 40in. TFT LCD monitor, the LCD4000. First announced in February, this 1280x728 design brings another major player into the rapidly growing big-screen LCD market and puts more pressure on plasma. Sharp showed the LC-M3700, a 37in. LCD monitor with 1366x768 resolution and wide viewing angles that is adapted from their consumer TV offering.
Mitsubishi finally got their super-thin, 10in. deep VS-60XT2OU MegaView DLP projection cube to market. This design measures 60in. diagonally and has XGA (1024x768) resolution. Orion showed the NeoDigm, a tiled 84” plasma made up of four 853x480 PDPs. Given that NEC also has an 84” plasma with the same approach, this is likely an OEM product looking for a distribution channel.
Panasonic announced its 6th generation 42in. SDTV plasma, the TH-42PWD6UY (852x480 resolution). Spectacular colors and deep blacks are a Panasonic tradition, and this screen was joined by the new TH-42PHD6UY (1024x768 ns resolution). Panasonic also announced a line of proprietary plug-in video interface modules for these products and their 50in. offering.
Samsung finally unveiled the SyncMaster 403T, a 40” 1280x768 TFT LCD multimedia monitor that is one of several LCD products intruding into the 42” plasma market space. Samsung also announced third-generation versions of their 42” PPM42S3, 50” PPM50H3, and 63” PPM63H3 plasma monitors, and topped things off with the SVD-50D1S 50” DLP rear-projection cube. It is unique in providing 1280x720 resolution and measures just under 24” in depth.
Toshiba had a full range of DLP projection cubes on hand, ranging from the 38” P380DL (1024x768, 400 nits) to the 60” P600DL (also 1024x768, 300 nits). Synelec featured Indisys, a 16 Gb/s Ethernet backbone which they claimed to be the world's first all-Digital Control room solution, a new 40” 1280x768 LCD monitor, and the LM-1200, an 84-inch DLP SXGA (1280x1024) display cube that is the largest currently available.
Clarity showed an upgrade to their Bobcat monitor and it now claims longer life for the backlight as well as LAN-based monitoring and control. Sony announced a new public display plasma monitor, the PFM-42V1 PlasmaPro. This 852x480 monitor supports a wide range of analog and DVI signal sources, but no word on support for network control.
BenQ took the covers off a 30” LCD TV in Orlando. The DV3080 has 1280x768 resolution and built-in NTSC tuner. It’s also a PC monitor with support to XGA (1024x768 and 1280x768) signal sources. Panasonic also showed a 22” WXGA TFT LCD monitor in their booth with no specs available at press time.