Death of the plasma TV: Samsung to end panel production in November

(By Victoria Woollaston)

Traditionally, plasma TVs were bulky, while LCD and LED were much thinner, and the latter overtook sales of the former from 2006.

Following in the footsteps of Panasonic, Samsung says it will end production of plasma display panels by the end of this year.

Once considered a pioneering technology, plasma TVs have been delivered another nail in the coffin.

Samsung has become the latest manufacturer to announce it will be shutting down its plasma panel business, effective from 30 November.

According to reports, the South Korean firm blamed the decline in ‘overall demand for plasma televisions’ for its decision.

Samsung told MailOnline: ‘We plan to continue our PDP TV business until the end of this year, due to changes in market demands.

‘We remain committed to providing consumers with products that meet their needs, and will increase our focus on growth opportunities in UHD TV’s and Curved TV’s.’

Panasonic announced last October that it was scrapping the technology, and production ended in March.

This leaves LG as the last major manufacturer of plasma displays.

According to Cnet, Samsung’s vice president of Visual Display R&D office, John Ryu, hinted that the end was nigh for plasma last year.

Ryu said he didn’t think plasma had a future beyond 2014, because it was difficult to make an affordable 4K version of the technology.

Fujitsu produced the first full-colour plasma display panel in 1992, and Philips sold the first models to consumers in 1997, for $15,000 (£8,700).

Plasma displays use tiny gas cells placed between two panes of glass.

Each cell acts like a small fluorescent tube, emitting ultraviolet light, which then strikes red, green and blue glowing spots on the screen.

By comparison, liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs use light from behind the screen that is shone through coloured liquid crystal cells.

Signals control each cell, letting varying amounts of colour through to build up the picture.

LED televisions work in a similar way to LCD technology, but tiny LEDs, rather than backlight lamps, illuminate the cells.

Traditionally, plasma TVs were bulky, while LCD and LED were much thinner, and the latter overtook sales of the former from 2006.

Plasma also can’t compete with the likes of OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens, especially those that can handle 4K, or ultra-high-definition, pictures that have four times the pixels of Full HD.

(Source: Daliymail)

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