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Huge 145-inch Plasma Display is 1mm Thick

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Shinoda's 145-inch plasma display boasts a thickness of 1mm, and is even capable of a 720p resolution.

While the term 'bigger is better" isn't necessarily always true, it's hard not to think that a 145-inch plasma television--big enough to serve the visual goods in a small theater--proves the quotation true. Shinoda Plasma Corporation's 145-inch plasma display, boasting a whopping thickness of 1-mm, not only offers an impressive size, but a surprising 720p HDTV and a 960x720 resolution. Unfortunately, the company hasn't entered into mass production, however the test model is certainly impressive nonetheless.

According to the company, the super-thin film-type display measures 118 inches wide, 78 inches tall, and weighs around 16 pounds. Although the display measures 145-inches diagonally, it's broken up into six seamless pieces measuring 39 inches x 39 inches each. The display also consumes 800 watts (average) to 1200 watts (maximum) of power. What is currently unknown about the display is the amount of heat it generates, or what kind of connections the device accepts (HDMI, component, composite, etc). However, Shinoda said that the display can be mounted in a wall or a cylindrical surface.

In a press release distributed today, Shinoda said that the display utilizes the company's proprietary plasma tube array display technology (PTA). According to the patent, the array includes plural light-emitting tubes, a front supporting member, and a back supporting member which spread over the front and back of the light-emitting tubes. Plural display electrode pairs are provided on the surface of the front supporting member facing the light-emitting tubes; plural signal electrodes are also provided on the surface of the back supporting member facing the light-emitting tubes.

"Each display electrode constituting the display electrode pair is a display electrode which is made of a metal thin wire, provided with plural openings formed in a distributed manner and includes a first metal thin wire facing a discharge slit and extending along the discharge slit, and the first metal thin wire is a metal thin wire thicker than a second metal thin wire which forms a region closer to a non-discharge slit side than the first metal thin wire," reads the patent.

Shinoda said that it has formed alliances with two businesses, WAIEISHII and Itochu Corp. The former company will focus on the automated production lines while the latter, Itochu Corp, will deal with the sales. At the time of this writing, only the one prototype exists, and the company did not say if or when the device will actually go into production despite its alliances.

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    kyeana , May 8, 2009 2:47 AM
    i lost all excitement at 720p
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    orangegator , May 8, 2009 1:30 AM
    Umm, 720p for a screen that big is not impressive. As for the heat, well it's 800-1200W duhhhh!
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    christop , May 8, 2009 1:38 AM
    I want to game on it......
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    eklipz330 , May 8, 2009 2:12 AM
    wow! a WHOLE 720p?!
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    eddieroolz , May 8, 2009 2:13 AM
    800W! That's gotta be hell expensive to maintain.
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    igot1forya , May 8, 2009 2:14 AM
    i'm not liking the lattice lines on the screen, it's not a single 145" it's more like 6 smaller screens pushed together.
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    Zenthar , May 8, 2009 2:24 AM
    Nice technological achievement, especially for the thickness, but for the common user, even one with lots of money, I have trouble seeing any interest. I mean, 720p on 145" is barely better than SDTV (480i) on a 60" TV was. Moreover, you can probably get a 1080p projector + screen for ~5000-7500$ and it would take less space in the living room; it's still lots of money, but I'm sure the 145" LCD will cost at least twice that much.
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    kyeana , May 8, 2009 2:47 AM
    i lost all excitement at 720p
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    silversurfernhs , May 8, 2009 3:11 AM
    Zenthar, i very much agree with you, but i think its destiny in application would be for advertising on large pillars or non-square surfaces in public places.
    This seems similar to the outdoor electronic displays that are visible from freeways and could be a replacement or an adaptation of that for public places of business and recreation.
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    falchard , May 8, 2009 3:25 AM
    The image looks horrible on that. Whats the contrast ratio?
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    Luscious , May 8, 2009 3:34 AM
    "and is even capable of a 720p resolution."

    LOL Somebody give Kevin Parrish an introduction to QFHD
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    ViPr , May 8, 2009 4:02 AM
    the screen picture is washed-out, you can see the mini-screen division lines and the resolution is pathetic. only stupid people will buy this. maybe they have some innovation of worth in their TV but then they should team up with another company to combine their technologies together to come up with something that is actually good.
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    anarchy4sale , May 8, 2009 4:44 AM
    maybe good for a company or something, but thats about it.
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    Anonymous , May 8, 2009 5:47 AM
    Lol 720p ain't bad some of you guys must be young HD snobs, guess you never had to live with CRT's. The POINT is the TECHNOLOGY. That's awesome for 1mm thick!
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    kyeana , May 8, 2009 6:11 AM
    the problem isnt 720p, its the fact that the sceeen is so big but the resolution is so small. it would be like 800x600 res on a 24" monitor
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    smalltime0 , May 8, 2009 6:43 AM
    orangegatorUmm, 720p for a screen that big is not impressive. As for the heat, well it's 800-1200W duhhhh!

    just ignore the fact that LIGHT and SOUND are coming off it in that no doubt scientific analysis you did.
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    D2ModPlayer , May 8, 2009 7:24 AM
    I agree it's amazing for 1mm thick. I also agree 720p on such a large display is pathetic indeed. But one thing we need to remember is that companies often put this kind of stuff on display to show they are technology leaders and to raise their stock shares and increase public awareness. If you remember 3DFX back in the 90's. They did similar things. They would put 4 or more cores on a graphics card with a very heavy and bulky modified case (if there was one) and tell us it takes a thousand watts but the 120fps was good.

    This is pioneering technology. It may or may not take. The point is it can be done and it is cool. Now they need to work on reducing power consumption, increasing screen resolution, and helping us not see all those lines like we're watching animated blocks!
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    kingnoobe , May 8, 2009 12:04 PM
    I wouldn't buy it even if it cost only 200$.. Sorry but the lines major deal breaker. Hopefully they get things worked out a little better if they decide to go into mass production.
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    rags_20 , May 8, 2009 12:12 PM
    720p @ 145"? I'm not getting it. A screen that big requires at least Quad-HD.
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    FlayerSlayer , May 8, 2009 1:04 PM
    Sadly, you can SEE the lines between the screens (minus points) and it's got a worse resolution than smaller screens (while looks even worse when it's so large), while being a power hog.

    Nice idea guys, but poor execution. When you have a 145" single screen that supports 1080p (standard now), then we can talk.
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    Zenthar , May 8, 2009 1:25 PM
    I think silversurfernhs is right, we might be looking at this from the wrong point of view, home consumer might not be the target audience at all. The target might be for marketing purposes like advertising or trade shows (the fact that it can be divided into 6 pieces would support that). None of us would get excited with a "space-ready" 500MHz CPU, but it would a great improvement over the 20-25MHz CPUs space missions are currently using (excluding the laptops astronauts bring in space).
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