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LG LCD Display Only .23 Inches Thick

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LG Display announced earlier this morning that it has successfully created the "world's thinnest" 42- and 47-inch LCD TV panels, measuring only 5.9 mm (.23 inches) thick.

LG Display announced earlier this morning that it has successfully created the "world's thinnest" 42- and 47-inch LCD TV panels, measuring only 5.9 mm (.23 inches) thick. According to the company, the LCD TVs use its edge-lit LED backlight system instead of employing the generally used Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp scheme in order to achieve the super thin size. The panels also take advantage of the company's Light Guide Sheet (LGS) technology that allows for a reduction of the Light Guide Plate by more than half the standard size; the LGP is used to change the direction of light beams within the panels.

In addition to its super-thin size, the LCD TV panels are incredibly lightweight, weighing in around 6.1kg (13.44lbs.) and 7.3kg (16.09lbs.) each, making them 50-percent lighter than other 42- and 47-inch panels using the conventional CCFL-backlighting. LG Display has also improved the overall color gamut, raising the level from the currently standard 72-percent NTSC to 80-percent. The panels also incorporate LG Display's 120 Hz technology to reduce the amount of annoying motion blur, and also provides a motion picture response time (MPRT) of 8ms.

Last but not least, both panels boast a full HD resolution of 1920x1080. The LCD panel itself is 10-bit, has a brightness level of 450 cd/ms, and provides viewing angles of 178/178. As for power consumption, the 42-inch panel uses 100 watts, and the 47-inch consumes 130 watts. Currently LG Displays has not released any information regarding to pricing and availability.

“The development of the world’s slimmest LCD TV panel demonstrates our leading edge-lit LED backlight technology that enables thinner designs in addition to our direct-lit type LED backlight assembly which delivers superior picture quality," said LG Display's CTO and Executive Vice President Chung In-Jae.

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    afrobacon , May 20, 2009 2:46 AM
    GutbopBut can it play Crysis?


    I laugh, but only because its one place I didn't expect to see this comment.
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    Gutbop , May 19, 2009 10:53 PM
    But can it play Crysis?
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    fuser , May 19, 2009 11:08 PM
    It's great news that another manufacturer has entered the LED-backlit LCD market. I'm hoping that I can find a reasonably priced screen this holiday season.
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    dafin0 , May 19, 2009 11:49 PM
    i would be so worried about snapping the thing
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    leafblower29 , May 20, 2009 12:06 AM
    I don't care about thickness just the picture quality and the size of the screen.
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    afrobacon , May 20, 2009 2:46 AM
    GutbopBut can it play Crysis?


    I laugh, but only because its one place I didn't expect to see this comment.
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    afrobacon , May 20, 2009 2:49 AM
    ...great they finally made screen that I can replace the windshield on my SUV with.
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    Tindytim , May 20, 2009 3:10 AM
    What is the obsession with being thin in technology? Something that's 42 inches, should be thick enough to handle. Something that large, being the width of a coin, seems that (even if it weren't floppy) it would be very awkward moving it around.

    Does it snap easy?
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    eklipz330 , May 20, 2009 3:44 AM
    TindytimWhat is the obsession with being thin in technology? Something that's 42 inches, should be thick enough to handle. Something that large, being the width of a coin, seems that (even if it weren't floppy) it would be very awkward moving it around.Does it snap easy?


    i've noticed this race as well, but being able to create a thin monitor kinda shows off the potential and skill of a company, like nvidia and ati constantly going for 'best video card'... i mean if ati just stuck in the $200 range, that would be awesome, but it wudn't show of what they can do... it's all about which is the superior company i suppose.

    and i heard edge lit is no where as good as local backlit led systems... i want one of those =D
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    Tindytim , May 20, 2009 4:18 AM
    eklipz330i've noticed this race as well, but being able to create a thin monitor kinda shows off the potential and skill of a company, like nvidia and ati constantly going for 'best video card'... i mean if ati just stuck in the $200 range, that would be awesome, but it wudn't show of what they can do... it's all about which is the superior company i suppose.

    But those are functional. You get an increase in performance and functionality, this is purely aesthetic.
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    ViPr , May 20, 2009 7:57 AM
    ok that's nice. now where the hell is OLED dammit!
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    Pei-chen , May 20, 2009 11:47 AM
    It's just a panel and not TV. When you added everything this thing will be 2-3" thick.
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    baracubra , May 20, 2009 12:08 PM
    could we lose the double headlines pls....?
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    AdamB5000 , May 20, 2009 12:42 PM
    This is nice and all, but I'd rather see companies throw their R&D dollars into better quality pictures (better contrast, more accurate colors, etc). I'd pay for a 3" thick tv that has an awesome picture before I buy a tv that is 1/2" thick and has a pretty good picture.
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    bill gates is your daddy , May 20, 2009 1:39 PM
    Will make my porn look better?
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    hillarymakesmecry , May 20, 2009 2:18 PM
    I'm waiting for OLED. My projector is 100 inches and should last me the next 5 years or so until OLED is mainstream.
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    Anonymous , May 20, 2009 2:20 PM
    No bill, it will make it more flat. It is my understanding that only a handful of people would choose flat over thick :3
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    foody , May 20, 2009 2:48 PM
    I find it funny how everybody else except desktop users want everything smaller. Its ironic how they are working so hard to make screens and displays so much smaller but all I really want is a huge desktop tower the size of a server with 6 massive graphics cards, 88 sticks of RAM, and 4 air turbines blowing the air out. Ok maybe I over exaggerated but still...
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    Niva , May 20, 2009 3:27 PM
    TindytimBut those are functional. You get an increase in performance and functionality, this is purely aesthetic.


    Purely aesthetic is a function too, it allows you to do many more things with these displays which you could not do with bulky displays. Fit into smaller areas, hang on walls without really standing out. The mere fact they're using less raw materials and bringing the weights down so much means they're also saving money on the resources they use and allows the company to tap into better profit or reduce prices at some level.

    This is great news, I didn't know LG made their own screens but I'm looking forward to being able to buy something like this in the next couple of years.
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    dman3k , May 20, 2009 4:41 PM
    wow, nice to see that TV are using less power than a light bulb... I'd rather use a TV than a table lamp to read books in bed...
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    jaragon13 , May 20, 2009 7:22 PM
    God dammit, why do TV's have so bad color ratings?
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