Friday, January 8, 2010

The History of Plasma Display Panels

An interesting history of the plasma display. Like so many things, invented in the US. And like so many things invented in the US, it was commercialized and mass-produced by companies in other countries. In the case of plasma displays, there was a good reason:
(The Japanese) saw plasma as an answer to the problem of displaying their Kanji script, something the Western alphanumeric computer displays of the early 1960s could not do. So plasma panels became widely used in Japan for cash registers, meters, and public signs.
Go read the article. It's quite good. It makes you wonder what breakthrough we're losing out on next. My guess is batteries.


Brian said...

In other news, future Venezuelan firing squad victim Hugo Chavez has devalued the Bolivar to combat soaring inflation.

Thought it was relevant since you post about the bloated " Melonhead™ " from time to time. ;-)

Anonymous said...

The recent history of flat screen TV's include people buying them with HELOC's, promptly defaulting on the loans, and then disappearing into the night with their stolen goods.

The American Dream writ large!!

Bill in NC said...

I love my plasma 'cause it was cheap (several hundred dollars less than a comparable LCD panel)

But even the best plasmas are power gluttons compared to LCD-based HDTVs.

California's strict new HDTV regulations are going to rapidly drive power consumption down across all future HDTV models.

Toshiba already has a 46" LCD-based HDTV that consumes as little as 75 watts (plasmas that size could suck down 300W)

El Pollo Real said...

my guess is batteries
Maybe. Another definite example is OLED displays, especially the organic dyes used for them. Don't ask me how I know.

tesla said...

The real innovations in terms of dollar amounts and net impacts are happening in oil and natural gas exploration. The innovation in seismic imaging and slant drilling is largely American. Fortunately for this innovation the production cannot be outsourced (for American natural gas exploitation, at least).

Power Hungry Bravia™ said...

Toshiba already has a 46" LCD-based HDTV that consumes as little as 75 watts

You piqued my curiosity about my own TV... I have a 2007 model 46" Sony Bravia TV (XBR4), power consumption is listed as 280 Watts. Yikes.

So Toshiba has whittled down the power consumption of an equivalently sized TV, so that it consumes less power than a 100W Light Bulb? Jeez. I'm impressed. :)