LG Philips Bows 52" LCD TV

LCD television sets are the next wave in trendy consumer electronics. The LCD TV market should grow from 1.3 million units in 2002 to more than 16.1 million units by 2006, according to industry research firm DisplaySearch.

LCD TVs are not only becoming trendy – they are also getting huge. In late December, the LG.Philips LCD company announced what it believes to be the world's largest LCD TV, a widescreen 52" -diagonal HDTV display with image generated by more than two million pixels.

A sample of the thin-film-transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) offered resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, an ultra-wide viewing angle of 176 degrees with minimal color shift, and a theater-like 16:9 aspect ratio.

The prototype was demonstrated for the press in Seoul, home for the four-year-old joint venture between Korean industrial giant LG Electronics (parent company of Zenith) and Netherlands-based Royal Philips Electronics. LG.Philips makes a wide range of LCD displays for communication and entertainment applications, from 13" to 42".

Production of the big video displays is slated to begin in late 2003.