Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp is poised to begin selling what it claims is the world's largest liquid crystal display television set capable of receiving digital TV broadcasts on August 1 in its home market, moving on to the US later in the month and to Europe by autumn.
The new Aquos model, with a 115cm (45-inch) screen, is expected to retail for around ¥990,000 (£4,912). The screen is about 8.7cm thick and set weighs some 30kg, which is lighter than a standard 25-inch cathode-based TV, according to the company. The initial Aquos production run will be 3,000 sets a month.
Founded in 1912, the Sharp Corporation - named after a propelling pencil developed in 1915 - now prides itself on "pioneering research" into Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) technology, having introduced the first LCD electronic calculator in 1973 and since developed other LCD products such as the ViewCam, Ultra-Lite notebook PC and touch-screen personal organisers.
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