| Sharp Debuts Home-Use, Color TFT-LCD TVs
March 6, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Sharp Corp. announced color TFT-LCD
televisions for direct viewing in the home rather than use as
projectors as business.
|The 15-in. Window LC-150F1 costs 185,000 yen (US$1,470) and will
go on sale March 18. The 12.1-in. Window LC-121F1 is 148,000 yen
(US$1,170) and will go on sale March 10. Production for each TV
has been planned at 5000 units per month.
With the new models, Sharp plans to expand the market for TVs
designed for individual use that can be easily moved around the
Sharp raised efficiency in the products by renewing the back
light structure, so the company least doubled the lifetime of the
LCD to 25,000 hours.
In addition, the number of cold cathode fluorescent lamps in use
was reduced from the usual three to two to achieve low power
consumption. This was accomplished by changing the shape of the
cold cathode fluorescent lamp from a U-shape to an L-shape.
To meet the advent of full-scale digital broadcasting, Sharp said
it will promote production of TFT-LCD TVs of up to 20-in.
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