Signs from the East
Whether SED will create new competition for PDP and LCD vendors remains unknown. But given the investment and commitment required for the latter two technologies by major CE companies already, they will undoubtedly remain viable for the foreseeable future.
Fumio Ohtsubo, Panasonic AVC Networks Company president, predicted that PDP will be the dominant TV technology by the end of the decade, even with the presence of good projection technology. "We think that micro displays are temporary," he said. Why not LCD? Ohtsubo said that the goal price for flat-panel was $100 per inch, a goal he believes is attainable for PDP, but not for LCD because of manufacturing costs. -David Dritsas