Samsung to scrap plasma screens
Company to cease plasma screen production from end of November
Samsung has announced that it will cease production of plasma screens from the end of November.
The company joins other TV and monitor manufacturers including Panasonic, Hitachi and Pioneer in ditching plasma technology.
Samsung said the decision was due to lack of demand, and that it would now focus on producing curved and ultra-high-definition (UHD) TVs.
"We plan to continue our PDP TV business until the end of this year, due to changes in market demands. We remain committed to providing consumers with products that meet their needs, and will increase our focus on growth opportunities in UHD TV's and Curved TV's," the company told CNET.
Plasma screens are considered to offer a superior image quality with better ‘black' and higher frame rates, but they are bulky in comparison to LCD and LED alternatives. Manufacturers had also faced difficulties in making ultra-high defintion screens.
LG is now the only major manufacturer of plasma screens, but it is expected to also cease production. The Yonhap News Agency noted that LG has already converted one of its PDP production lines to make solar batteries.