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Having shown off the world's largest plasma display panel late last year, Samsung this week claims the world's biggest LCD TV.

The monster display measures 82in (2.1m) in the diagonal, just short of the plasma panel's 102in (2.6m) size. It is designed for HDTV.

Samsung's 82in LCD TV

The screen will be the first to be offered by the S-LCD joint venture between Samsung and Sony. It was made at Samsung's Tangjeong, South Korea-based seventh-generation LCD fab, which goes into volume production through its single output line later this month. Samsung recently announced plans to open a second production line at the facility. Line two will begin mass production next year.

The fab will punch out 23, 26, 32, 40 and 46in panels for LCD TVs cut from 2.2m x 1.9m glass substrates. Samsung says it can get two 82in displays from one such substrate.

The 82in TFT LCD uses Samsung's patented Super Patterned-ITO Vertical Alignment (S-PVA) technology to achieve extra-wide viewing angles. It also boasts a low-dispersion colour filter and ultra high aperture ratio, achieving a contrast ratio of at least 1200:1 and brightness of 600cd/m². Response times are at 8ms or faster. Its backlight raises color saturation to 92 per cent.

Don't expect to be able to go out and buy one of these monster tellies - unless you have a very deep wallet. However, anyone attending the CeBIT show in Hanover later this week will be able to gawp in awe at its size. ®

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