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INFOCOMM: Panasonic intros PD Series for digital signage, offers sneak preview of 85-inch plasma display

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Panasonic Professional Display Company, a unit of Panasonic Corp. of North America, offered a sneak preview of its new 85-inch plasma display and introduced its new PD series of professional Plasmas, specifically designed for digital signage. The sneak peak and display were offered at InfoComm 2009.

According to a news release, the TH-85PF12U is the industry’s first 85-inch, full HD 1080p plasma. The TH-85PF12U takes advantage of Panasonic’s Neo PDP technology, touting slimmer, lighter weight and brighter displays with lower power consumption. This new professional display bridges the gap between the company’s 65- and 103-inch full HD plasma displays. Designed for commercial, business and high-end home-theater applications, the 85-inch plasma is the equivalent in screen size to four 42-inch displays and features a newly developed high-definition “Neo Plasma display panel” that achieves the world’s highest moving image resolution of 1,080 lines and highest contrast ratio of 40,000:1 (2,000,000:1 dynamic). The result is a vibrant, high-contrast, high-resolution image with a real sense of depth and scope.

Even with effective wide-screen dimensions of 74.4 by 41.8 inches, the TH-85PF12U is significantly thinner and lighter than past plasmas. The main body depth is only 3.9 inches, and with the weight per inch reduced by 30 percent, the overall weight of the display is approximately 296 pounds.

The 85-inch plasma is capable of being installed vertically, allowing the display of life-sized models — creating enormous visual impact for digital signage, commercial messaging and audio/video presentation applications. It will be available in fall 2009.

New for digital signage: PD Series Plasmas

Also making its debut at InfoComm this year is Panasonic’s 42- and 50-inch PD 12-Series plasma displays, specifically designed and priced for digital signage, featuring fixed input terminals for PC (D-sub 12), VGA, component, composite and S-video.

The new PD 12-Series displays offer a more cost-effective solution in digital signage applications where extensive connectivity options are not needed. These new high-performance HD displays deliver a 30,000:1 contrast radio for deeper, richer blacks and brighter, more vibrant color. Improved video processing provides crisper, clear motion images with the equivalent of an industry-leading 5,120 shades of gradation. Special built-in features allow for unlimited multi-display configurations.

The new PD series plasmas have an estimated service life of 100,000 hours and burn-in protection and are backed by a full two-year, on-site parts and labor limited warranty. All Panasonic plasma displays are the world’s first 100-percent lead-free plasmas, making the high-impact distribution of rich, multimedia content of these “green screens” not only dynamic but also friendly to the environment.

The 42-inch TH-42PD12UK has a suggested list price of $1,070 (U.S.) and the 50-inch H-50PD12UK is $1,520 (U.S.).

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