While much of the electronics industry looks to liquid crystal displays (LCD) or plasma display panels (PDP) as a key driver of consumer demand for flat-screen digital equipment, Samsung unveiled the world's slimmest version yet of an older technology - the cathode-ray tube - which the South Korean company claims will be both thinner and cheaper than LCDs or PDPs.
Samsung, the largest display screen-maker in South Korea, claims its new cathode-ray tube (CRT) product could cut the high-street price of digital television sets by nearly one third. It showed off its new Vixlim screen, measuring just 35cm (14in) thick compared to the 50-60cm characteristic of traditional CRTs, for 81cm (32-in) digital TVs.
"The new product is as slim as LCD TVs but better quality, making itself a good fit for digital TV," said the company. It will start mass production in early 2005, incorporating the new technology into all its larger CRT products by the end of the year.
Samsung itself has been among the leaders in the development and manufacture of LCDs, used for mobile phone displays and computer screen monitors, and of PDPs for thin TVs. The company now expects a new "boom period" for CRT displays on the strength of its new product.
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