We had a quick phone call with Russ Johnson of Pioneer yesterday evening to find out what the decision to stop making plasma modules means. While Russ didnt have answers to all our questions, we got a much clearer picture, so to speak.
He confirmed that Panasonic will provide the plasma modules—essentially the basic screen, without most of the electronics and the color filter. And though he didnt say explicitly, we got the impression that Pioneer will be taking what Panasonic is giving, rather than dictating a design based on Pioneers plasma technology. This has to be a disappointment to Pioneer fanboys and girls, but it may not be a complete tragedy.