For additional slimming, Hitachi consolidated electrical components. For example, it combined functions from several chips into one. The company also developed a power supply that is one third the thickness of the transformers in its regular LCDs.
Hitachi was the first to compress the LCD, but it's not alone. In January, JVC announced a 1.5-inch model using similar technology, and LG introduced a 1.7-inch-thick panel. (Sony's OLED TV is thinner than any of these, at three millimeters, but the screen on the current version measures only 11 inches diagonally.)
It seems flat-panel TVs, like the actors who grace their screens, can never be
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