Panasonic built and introduced many displays over the years, but none of them comes close to matching the sheer awe and interest that the one we are going to cover here instills.
We should probably say upfront that the panel we are going to talk about is one that people will have to admire from a distance.
After all, it isn't going to be turned into a consumer-oriented product, definitely not one that can be found up for sale at random retailers.
Then again, a 145-inch panel isn't something that can be shipped all over the place anyway.
That's right, Panasonic has revealed
a plasma screen with a diagonal of 145 inches, and the resolution is a very flattering 8K, or 7,680 x 4,320 pixels.
In other words, this is one of the greatest plasma screens in the world and, as if that wasn't enough on its own, the screen also lacks a backlight, simply because it doesn't need one.
That makes it the largest 8K, or Super hi-Vision (as Panasonic calls it) backlight-free display ever.
There was one problem that Panasonic had to cope with when putting together the 145-inch beast: high-resolution flicker.
People who owned plasma screens at some point may know that they tend to flicker at high resolutions. The solution was reached through a collaboration with NHK. The two invented a drive method that handles image and color stability even at the 8K setting.
It is next month (May, 2012) that the Super Hi-Vision screen will be shown in action, at the NHK Science and Research Laboratory. Images and videos shot with the NHL 120 fps 8K sensor will be played.
As far as the actual populace goes, they should be more concerned with the 4K resolution, since is suggested that Full HD will start to make room for it next year
. Eizo's 36.4-Inch Monitor is one existing example, as is Canon's 30-Inch Display shown at NAB 2012.