NEC Develops High Definition LCD Panel

TOKYO (04/10/2000) - NEC Corp. has developed a prototype widescreen LCD panel that boasts enough resolution for use in high definition television applications, the company announced today.

The new TFT (thin film transistor) LCD (liquid crystal display) panel has a widescreen 16:10 aspect ratio and a diagonal size of 20.1 inches, said NEC in a statement. In addition to high definition TV applications, the new panel could also find a home in the 3D computer-aided design and desktop publishing industries or as a multimedia display, said the company.

The screen's 2.3 million pixels offer a maximum resolution of 1,920 by 1,200 pixels and each has a pitch of 0.225 millimeters. It is compatible with conventional 8-bit RGB signals and supports up to 16.77 million colors while offering a brightness of 400 cd/m2 (candelas per square meter) and a contrast ratio of 280:1.

Compared to high-end NEC flat panel computer monitors currently in the market, the new display offers around double the brightness and contrast while featuring pixels around 20 percent smaller in size.

NEC Corp., in Tokyo, can be found online at http://www.nec.co.jp/.

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