Panasonic Debuts PX600 VIERA High Definition Plasma TVs.Osaka, Japan, Mar 8, 2006 - (JCN JCN Japan Corporate News
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JCN joint communications network (US DoD) Newswire) - Panasonic, the brand for which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, today unveiled the PX600 series digital high-definition wide-screen flat-panel plasma TVs. The four PX600 VIERA HDTVs feature a new plasma display panel See plasma display. , giving viewers deeper, richer blacks and superb images with the industry's highest contrast ratio. The new models also offer the VIERA Link, a single remote control solution for operation of home theater components. The 50-inch TH-50PX600, 42-inch TH-42PX600 and 37-inch TH-37PX600 will be available on the Japanese market on April 15, followed by the 58-inch 58PX600 on May 1.
The VIERA HDTVs incorporate the new PEAKS (Picture Enhancement Accelerator with Kinetic System) Panel, new Deep Black Filter and upgraded Real Black Drive System. The combination has achieved blacker blacks and a stunning 4,000:1 contrast (10,000:1 contrast at maximum) in dark surroundings. The result is sharp and clear pictures with blacks more prominent even in bright rooms. The new VIERA HDTVs use precise, maximum 16-bit signal processing to produce brilliant images with remarkable depth and detail, displaying 50 percent more shades of gradation gradation: see ablaut. than the previous PX500 series.
"Our new plasma HDTVs offer excellent picture quality that has come to be expected for Panasonic TVs by discerning consumers," said Mr. Shunzo Ushimaru, Director of Corporate Marketing Division for Panasonic Brand in Japan. "The VIERA Link makes home theater entertainment pure fun and enjoyment. The new HDTVs also inherit connectivity with other audio visual devices via SD Memory Cards."
For ease of operation, the four models introduce the VIERA Link, the industry's first HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) A digital interface for audio and video signals designed as a single-cable solution for home theater and consumer electronics equipment. (High Definition Multimedia Interface)-cable based solution for integrated home theater systems. HDMI is the standard digital interface transferring uncompressed high-definition video and multi-channel digital audio signals over a single cable. When a PX600 HDTV (High Definition TV) A set of digital television (DTV) standards that offer the highest resolution and sharpest picture. Although some HDTV sets are available in standard (rather square) screen sizes, the overwhelming majority of sets are wide screen, which eliminates is connected with a DIGA DIGA Disabled Independent Gardeners Association
DIGA Digital Game Archive DVD recorder and a Panasonic AV amplifier via HDMI cable, users can operate all three devices from the VIERA remote control. The VIERA remote, for example, can switch on and off the other two devices, record or playback on DIGA, switch to 5.1 channel surround-sound mode. The VIERA Link is supported by the four DIGA DVD recorders1 and the SU-XR57 digital AV control amplifier, all of which are also unveiled today.
The new VIERA HDTVs use the new PEAKS Processor system LSI LSI: see integrated circuit.
(Large Scale Integration) Between 3,000 and 100,000 transistors on a chip. See SSI, MSI, VLSI and ULSI. which incorporates Panasonic's proprietary integrated platform for digital consumer electronics. The highly scalable platform integrates a symmetric multiple CPU CPU
in full central processing unit
Principal component of a digital computer, composed of a control unit, an instruction-decoding unit, and an arithmetic-logic unit. , the first in consumer electronics, and 130 million transistors on a single chip, delivering seamless connectivity among various digital consumer devices.
Now, the TVs can display an electronic program guide more quickly, 30 percent faster than before. Users can enjoy high-quality wide-screen viewing of MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group) An ISO/ITU standard for compressing digital video. Pronounced "em-peg," it is the universal standard for digital terrestrial, cable and satellite TV, DVDs and digital video recorders (DVRs). 2 moving pictures shot with SD Video Cameras2 on a new VIERA HDTV just by inserting the SD Memory Card in the slot. JPEG JPEG
in full Joint Photographic Experts Group
Standard computer file format for storing graphic images in a compressed form for general use. JPEG images are compressed using a mathematical algorithm. still images (DCF DCF
See: Discounted Cash Flows format) stored on the cards can be shown on a large VIERA screen in a slide show format by simply pressing a remote button twice. Still pictures taken with Panasonic LUMIX cameras3 can be displayed full screen.
The new PEAKS Processor also supports dual screens and a variety of other features. Equipped with two digital tuners, the new VIERA HDTVs offer dual screen mode. Users can select and view any combination of two channels simultaneously. These include terrestrial, BS and 110-degree CS digital broadcasting and terrestrial analog broadcasting services.
The new TVs are not only user friendly providing operational ease of use, but also friendly to the natural environment. Panasonic trimmed the glass thickness of the new plasma panel from 2.8 mm to 1.8 mm, using less glass materials. The trimming resulted a reduction of overall weight of the TV set. For example, the 42-inch 42PX600 weighs 33 kg, 18 percent lighter than the PX500 series with a comparable screen size. The new HDTVs use up to 37 percent less electricity compared to the PX300 series.
As a leader of the consumer electronics industry, Panasonic is actively working to eliminate the use of the six substances specified by the European Union's RoHS Directive. These are lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent hexavalent
having a valence of six. chromiun, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers Polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDE, are a flame retardant sub-family of the brominated flame retardant group. They have been used in a wide array of household products, including fabrics, furniture, and electronics. . The new HDTVs conform to the Directive ahead of the EU deadline of July 1, 2006.
The new plasma panels were made at its advanced PDP (1) (Plasma Display Panel) See plasma display.
(2) (Policy Decision Point) See COPS and XACML.
(3) (Programmed Data P plant in Amgasaki City, Japan, which started production last September, two months earlier than originally planned. Another PDP plant will start operation next year, lifting Panasonic's total PDP output to over 11 million panels per annum in 2008. Panasonic continues to lead the global flat panel display A thin display screen for computer and TV usage. The first flat panels appeared on laptop computers in the mid-1980s, and the LCD technology became the standard. Stand-alone LCD screens became available for desktop computers in the mid-1990s and exceeded sales of CRTs for the first time TV market with improved operational efficiencies that its scale of production allows.
Committed to bringing joy and excitement to everyday life, Panasonic continues to turn its ideas into reality.
1 DMR-EX550, EX350, EX250V and EX150.
2 SDR-S100 and S300.
3 DMC-FX8, FX9, FX01, LX1, FZ30, FZ5, FZ7, LC1, LZ2, LZ5, LS1, LS2 and TZ1.
About Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
Best known by its Panasonic brand name, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of US $81.44 billion for the year ended March 31, 2005. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, New York (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange :MC), Euronext Amsterdam and Frankfurt stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net.
Source: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
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