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Sharp Thin LCD HDTV  (Source: Gizmodo)
Sharp hopes to have LCD HDTVs on the market by 2010 that are only 20mm thick

The world of HDTVs and super models has something in common; everyone wants to be the skinniest. Just when we thought a bit over three inches for an LCD HDTV was svelte, Sharp looks to change our minds with its latest design.

Sharp has taken the wraps off of a new LCD TV that is a mere 29mm thick (at its widest point) and could be as thin as 20mm. 29mm is only 1.14 inches thick and 20mm would be a mere 0.78 inches thick.

Sharp claims the contrast ratio will be 100,000:1 and the living contrast would be 3000:1. The panel would reproduce 150% of the NTSC color ratio and have a 4 ms response time. Sharp doesn’t specify how large the TV is, but does note that the weight for the TV will be 55 pounds and it will consume 140kWh of electricity per year.

Sharp didn’t comment on when the super-thin LCD HDTVs would come to market or at what price they would retail. Sharp did say, however, that its Osaka Sakai factory would be ready to produce the panels by March of 2010 if all goes to schedule. By that time laser HDTVs should be on the market and these thin LCD panels may not be as cool as they seem now.

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By Choppedliver on 8/22/2007 11:56:42 PM , Rating: 2
What the f*ck ever happened to SED TV which was supposed to be all that and a bag of chips?

By Zirconium on 8/23/2007 12:49:26 AM , Rating: 3
Patent/licensing issues. I am no expert in the matter, but from what I understand, Canon bought the license to create SED displays from a company called Nano-Proprietary. When Canon teamed up with Toshiba, Nano-Proprietary sued, claiming that their agreement was with Canon alone, and did not extend to any third parties, and sued. Canon recently bought out Toshiba's stake, but Nano-Proprietary still continued with the legal proceedings. Dailytech has a bunch of articles on the issue (

At this point in time, it doesn't seem like SED displays will be developed. My guess is that by the time SEDs would come out, OLED technology will be more mature, and be a more than equal competitor. Thus, it would make no sense to try and push that technology. In my view, OLEDs are the future due to potentially thinner and flexible displays, cheaper manufacturing, and higher energy efficiency.

By jithvk on 8/23/2007 1:37:22 AM , Rating: 5
Actually, the SED TV is still under development. It is expected to reach stores by end of 2009. Since canon do not have any hdtv development experience till now, they have to develop everything from scratch. Thats the main cause of the delay. But believe me, when this tv reaches the market, it will be a great leap from current generation of HDTVs ( I personally know some guys working on this SED tv project at canon). Besides the SED, canon is developing some propitiatory image engine which is going to be the highlight of the sed tv.
Any way, lets wait and see what this SED TV is going to give..

By Engine of End on 8/23/2007 2:43:08 PM , Rating: 2
Personally I am waiting on laser HDTVs.

By quiksilv3r on 8/22/2007 8:16:30 PM , Rating: 2
yesss, looks more useless digital picture frames!
haha, in all seriousness, can't wait to hear more about this, as details seem to be very few..

Yeah, 2010?
By bunnyfubbles on 8/22/2007 11:50:35 PM , Rating: 2
Forget competition from Laser, what about OLED?...

I know it is still vague and all but by 2010? I thought I read somewhere that Sony plans on releasing some small OLED TVs to test markets [i]this[/i] year.

If anything this might end up being bargain stuff for people on a budget :P (here's to hoping)

Less than 2 inches is marketing hype
By tygrus on 8/23/2007 9:57:49 AM , Rating: 2
When the display is >30", on a wall/table/cabinet and >6ft away does it really matter if it's 2" or 1".
Please focus on improving more important things that get forgotten; light distribution, passive cooling (add thermal budget for optionally brighter backlight), HDTV tuner(s), DVR, inputs/outputs ...
Contrast ratio sounds a bit inflated, should be expressed like an ANSI standard contrast (fixed backlight, checker board pattern) plus 100:1 backlight dimming.

Possible article correction
By liquidaim on 8/23/2007 10:33:18 AM , Rating: 2
Other sites have indicated a color reproduction of 105% of NTSC gamut not 150%. Maybe a typo.

By daftrok on 8/22/07, Rating: -1
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By phaxmohdem on 8/22/2007 7:20:27 PM , Rating: 4
You keep on wishing for an Asian supermodel, I'll keep on wishing for an intelligent first post ;)

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By stromgald on 8/22/2007 7:38:35 PM , Rating: 3
I wouldn't hold my breath for either.

RE: Mmmm...
By Aprime on 8/22/2007 8:10:08 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention she's not really THAT hot.

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By kamra on 8/22/2007 8:25:54 PM , Rating: 2
she may not be that hot, but those Superman space gloves are turning ME on!

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By afkrotch on 8/22/2007 8:33:48 PM , Rating: 5
I wouldn't kick her out of bed. Course I wouldn't try too hard to get her into bed either.

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By Treckin on 8/23/07, Rating: 0
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By afkrotch on 8/23/07, Rating: 0
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By therealnickdanger on 8/23/2007 8:13:56 AM , Rating: 2
Doesn't that suck? I'll be minding my own business with the shampoo and BAM! it's clogging the drain.

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By Eris23007 on 8/23/2007 11:38:42 AM , Rating: 4
I think my IQ went down 5 points from reading this thread.


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By bhieb on 8/23/2007 11:58:31 AM , Rating: 3
Mine too. Is it just me or does rating down a post actually increase the number of reponses.

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By acer905 on 8/23/2007 12:32:41 PM , Rating: 2
I totally agree

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By grenableu on 8/24/2007 12:57:25 PM , Rating: 2
You guys need to get out more.

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