Panasonic debuts six new plasma display models

Enhancements to the new displays range from higher contrast ratio, a rated 60,000-hour service life, and a redesigned cabinet
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The 8-Series plasmas reproduce gradations in steps equivalent to 2048 shades and produce up to 8.58 billion colors.

Panasonic has introduced its eighth generation of plasma displays consisting of six new 8-Series panels. The new models include four HD panels in 37in, 42in, 50in and 65in sizes, as well as new 37in and 42in SD panels.

Interchangeable, multi-function slots allow users to equip the panels with optional terminal boards and accessories to customize the devices to particular applications. Other features include high contrast ratio (4000:1 on SD models and 3000:1 on HD units), 60,000-hour service life, and a new design with a slim bezel and hidden touch controls on all except the 65in model.

The 8-Series plasmas reproduce gradations in steps equivalent to 2048 shades and produce up to 8.58 billion colors. Peak brightness has been boosted by more than 15 percent over the company’s previous-generation displays. Other features include dual picture mode, which combines any two AV signals and displays them in three different modes (two picture-in-picture and one picture-out-picture modes).

The panels also feature a picture-in-picture mode that displays a full-screen PC image with a video overlay for digital signage applications; a 4X digital zoom to enlarge a portion of an image up to four times normal size and display it full screen; and a built-in video wall processor that enables an up to 16-panel (4x4) configuration for multi-screen applications.

For more information, visit www.panasonic.com/plasma and www.panasonic.com/broadcast.

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