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LG Claims Thinnest LCD Panel Ever

As we all know, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is the place for companies to show off their latest and greatest hardware, software, and any other wares worth the spotlight.

This years expo is no different from any other. Companies like LG, Sony, Samsung, and a myriad of other TV makers will be on hand to show why their LCDs, plasmas, and DLP sets are the ones to buy. However, LG has not one, but two aces up its sleeve over the competition.

For starters, the consumer electronics giant plans on claiming the "world's thinnest LCD TV" title when it officially unveils its LED-backlit LH95 LCD TV. The TV is supposedly only 24.8mm (.98 inches) thick, which would indeed give LG the coveted title. Of course, style over substance is something to be booed when it comes to expensive HDTVs, but the LH95 does not disappoint. With a 4ms response time, 240 Hz Trumotion panel and a staggering 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, the thinnest set on the block will be easy on the eyes in more ways than one. According to aving, the set is slated to receive a CES 2009 Innovation Award.

For those who care less about thickness in a TV, LG is also set to announce a new generation of display panels. Debuting at CES, and coming to market in mid-2009, LG has announced a new line of 480Hz Trumotion panels. In laymen terms, a TV with this new technology will display 480 images per second, making the panels some of the fastest on the market. The 480 Hz refresh rate, a 100 percent increase over LG's current 240 Hz mainstay, is made possible with a "scanning" backlight". This new backlight can rapidly turn on and off, drastically reducing motion blur (supposedly). When the scanning backlight is combined with the already available 240 Hz panels from LG, a 480 Hz picture is created. By using the 240 Hz panels, LG claims there is no affect on the picture quality.

“The world’s first Trumotion 480 Hz LCD TV panel is planned to hit the market in the second half of 2009," said Eddie Yeo, Executive VP and head of LG's Display TV Business Unit. "LG Display will provide its customers with unique, high-end products while delivering crisp picture quality for fast moving images.” Because the 240 Hz panel is already available and will be the backbone of the new displays, we know that the TVs will boast a 4ms response time as well as a contrast ratio in the millions.

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