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Flat displays

Key component par excellence of television sets, the cathode ray tube (CRT) guarantees clarity and crispness of the image and also strongly contributes to the final product's appearance. More and more, CRT's have been evolving towards flat-screens and 16:9 screen ratios.

The recent mastery of this technology and the important integration of our activities (glass, etc.) have allowed our group to concentrate on high growth areas of the business. Thomson multimedia is posed to propose unique products, notably in a top quality image and small screen size.

The group has invested in plasma technology over the past 10 years. The agreement executed in March 1998 with NEC for a long-term cooperation based on plasma technology resulted as early as September 1998 with the marketing of the WYSIUS™ screen in Europe.

More recently, NEC and Thomson multimedia announced their intention to combine their wordwide plasma displays businesses in a 50/50 joint venture. This reinforced partnership will accelerate joint ambition towards worldwide leadership in plasma display.

The European IST project PLADIS (PLAsma DISplays), led by Thomson multimedia, will bring TV-sets equipped with large-size colour plasma display panels and enabling multimedia applications, to a quality-competitive level while paving the way to cost-affordable products production.


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