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New PDP-5000EX 1080P HD Pure Vision Black Plasma Display


Pioneer, the brand that has established an iconic reputation for the superior performance of its plasma displays, today announces the launch of one of the world's first 50” 1080p plasma displays, a technological innovation that doubles pixel density and resolution to deliver the best flat-panel picture quality. Pioneer's plasma display PDP-5000EX with 1920 X 1080 resolution is capable of displaying the entire range of HD sources including 720p, 1080i and 1080p .

“Whether consumers are watching the football game or the big parade, Pioneer's PDP-5000EX will literally make them part of the action. Great HD quality captivates viewers who will experience the difference that comes with Pioneer's best-in-class products as they hear the roar of the crowd and see each individual flower petal on the parade floats,” observes Jim Catcheside, Product Manager, Product Management & Technology, Home Entertainment Division, Pioneer GB Limited

Behind the visual appeal of a PURE Vision Black plasma display is the technology that creates a 1080p native resolution with more than 2 million individual pixels. The PDP-5000EX combines the higher pixel count of 1080i with the faster refresh rate of 720p allowing for a smooth, accurate picture for fast-moving content such as action films or sports with the amazingly sharp, bright, accurate picture quality for which Pioneer is known. The PDP-5000EX is a new dimension in HD from Pioneer paving the way towards the ultimate home theatre.

“Our new 1080p plasma display is a milestone achievement that represents Pioneer's relentless pursuit of excellence. Achieving a 1080p native resolution has been a goal since Pioneer began plasma R&D in 1991. The proprietary technologies developed since that time now enable us to achieve the engineering feat of doubling the pixel density and resolution in a 50” plasma display,” says Jim.

In addition to displaying 1080p signals, the PDP-5000EX can up convert all other sources for improved HD image detail, colour accuracy and fast moving image clarity. The Pioneer PURE Vision Black 1080p plasma display will accept both standard definition and high definition sources and automatically smart convert these to deliver the highest resolution picture possible.

Pioneer proprietary technology that makes 1080p possible includes:

  • Deep Waffle Rib Structure makes each cell deeper to increase overall phosphor area for a brighter image. By casing each cell with horizontal ribs, Pioneer diminishes light leakage from neighbouring cells for sharper, more accurate images. A new T-shaped electrode prevents misfiring of individual cells despite the fact that each individual cell is half the size as previous generations, enabling Pioneer to maintain its sharp, bright accurate images when reproducing at a native 1080p resolution.
  • The PUREBLACK Crystal Layer sandwiched between the plasma glass and the individual light cells conducts energy more efficiently so each cell is charged and discharged at a faster rate, improving contrast and brightness while using less energy. Swift charge and discharge of individual pixels results in an extremely smooth transition from colour to black for blacker blacks and increased detail in dark scenes.
  • High Quality Up Conversion to 1080p minimizes interlacing motion artefacts of 1080i and increases the resolution of a 720p signal.
  • New PURE Drive 2 HD Signal Processing delivers low noise, high contrast and natural colour images. The High Precision Video Scaler receives and displays 1080p HD native resolution.
  • The Direct Colour Filter reduces ambient light reflection and heightens colour reproduction through the elimination of an extra layer of glass for sharper, crisper and more vivid images.
  • Enhanced ISF C 3 capability allows a certified calibrator to perform advanced colour calibration with never-before-achieved simplicity, accuracy and reliability. It includes a detailed gamma selection with eight steps.
  • Terminals on the display include Digital HDMI, DVI (HDCP), component and composite inputs.
  • Availability

    The Pioneer PURE Vision Black PDP-5000EX will be available in June 2006.

    About Pioneer GB Limited

    Pioneer GB Limited is the UK subsidiary of Pioneer Europe NV which in turn, is the regional European headquarters of Pioneer Corporation, a global leader in electronics and audio/video products for the home, car, commerce and industry. The company focusses on the following domains: optical disc technology (DVD, Blu-ray Disc), plasma display panels (PDP), and in-car navigation and AV systems. The Pioneer shares are traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.