Date Visited: October 3, 1991
Report Author: L.E. Tannas, Jr.
Professor Uchiike of Hiroshima University took a group of JTEC committee members on a tour of the Sharp Showroom located near Ichigaya Station, west of Central Tokyo on the Chuo Line.
The main feature of the showroom was the Sharp HDTV using an a-Si TFT LCD projector. The image was exceptionally good. There was less than one-half pixel misconvergence in the RGB color.
Sharp showed all the LCD sizes in exhibits emphasizing the flatness, size, resolution, and color advantages. The major product sizes and applications are shown on the following pages, figures Showroom.1, Showroom.2, Showroonm3 and Showroom.4, taken from Sharp-provided literature.
The price of the a-Si TFT LCD projectors started at approximately 850,000 yen for NTSC TV to 8,000,000 yen for HDTV. The 8.6-inch "TV-on-the-wall" was displayed in an artistic frame and was described as suitable for museum-type applications. Its price was approximately 800,000 yen. (During the JTEC panel's trip the yen was exchanged at 128 to $1.)