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Hi,


according to the info on this German HT news-page I am asking if anybody knows something more about the new EU Thomson plasmas?

http://www.loehneysen.de/ifa2001/thomson1.html#1


>>> tranalated with Babel:


The French company Thomson Multimedia the number four of maintenance electronics is world-wide. But two thirds of the conversion are made in the USA, where the company (RCA) is with TV market leader. In Germany the transition of the labels Nordmende and Telefunken seems shortly final to Thomson. On the IFA it will give " still " Telefunken televisions, says sales directors Juergen yellow one. But an end of the tradition label is foreseeable.


Plasma televisions are called an interesting novelty with Thomson Wysius and are here forthcoming: Two new models with 42 and 50 inch diagonal come to the IFA exhibition with the digital DVI input. That is above all meant a special recipient with all links for attaching the internal " front final box ", so that no cable tangle at the flat display is more necessary. This box leans constructionally against the new TV chassis ICC21, which was developed together with Micronas (the earlier Infineon section video). It serves at the same time as LINE doubler, since the plasma-display always need progressive Scan signals; how well the German chips control however the delicate topic Linedoubling will still have to be proven. The receipt box is to be placed in the rack with other devices, whereby the DVI cable up to five may be meters long. If one wants to transmit only video signals over it, also lengths up to ten meters are unproblematically, only the use of the VGA input are critical with such long lines according to specification of the developers. The DVI signal corresponds accurately to the standard, so that to the box also for example projectors with digital input can be attached. It will give it also without the Thomson display. Even a version with inserted DVD player is maybe coming, whereby it is to be expected that the crate detects then only the own plasma panel and otherwise nothing (to DVI problems with DVD see message of 16. 6. 2001). The 42"-Plasma will cost approximately 20,000 Marks, the 50" over 30.000 Marks. Possibly it will give to see a 61"-plasmadisplay on the IFA status also, that is not safe however yet. Co-operation partner with plasma is NEC, shareholder with Thomson (together with Microsoft, Alcatel and DirecTV). Thomson Wysius: The plasma-Schirm of 50 inch will cost over 30.000 Marks; it has a resolution of 1.365 times 768 pixels. Rainer force from the Thomson laboratory in Villingen led the prototype with DVD and HDTV forwards (the black crate beside the screen is the HD decoder from the USA). Thomson front final box: This crate (above a prototype) connects similar sources by DVI with a plasma panel; also a TV tV-Tuner is inserted. When she comes and which she costs, is still open.



Cheers, Walter
 
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