Even though some folks have been predicting the death of plasma displays
at the hands of LCD technology, the Fujitsu Hitachi Plasma Display Corporation is still cranking out the ole PDPs (given their name, they kinda have to), as the joint venture has just announced that it will begin production of three new models over the next several months. First to hit stores will be a 50-inch panel with an odd 1,280 x 1,080 resolution that utilizes the company's proprietary ALIS
(Alternate Lighting of Surfaces) technology to deliver an excellent 10,000:1 contrast ratio and maximum brightness of 1,300cd/m2. Next off the production lines will be a 60-incher with full 1,080p resolution, 5,000:1 contrast ratio, and 1,000cd/m2 brightness; this model uses ALIS-derivative e-ALIS, which helps smooth fast video movement on such a large screen. The last display to see the light of day will be another 50-incher, also utilizing ALIS tech -- as well as single-scan technology which only needs one chip for image processing -- that will feature full 1,080p resolution, a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and 1,100cd/m2 brightness. These three models will start being manufactured in October, November, and March 2007, respectively, but as of now, there's absolutely no word on a US release schedule or pricing scheme.