Panasonic Now Hoping For 40-inch OLED TVs Mass Produced By 2011

Last month the projection was 37 inches. Now a more reputable Japanese paper, Nikkei, is reporting a 40-inch target being mass-produced and ready for retail in the same time frame. As always, Panasonic/Matsushita simply confirms that they're investing heavily into the tech and goes about their business. [AP] » 7/29/08 9:03am 7/29/08 9:03am

Toshiba and Matsushita to Start Cranking Out OLEDs in Massive Numbers

Toshiba and Matsushita's joint display group is about to become the first Japanese firm to jump into the OLED production game, and in a big way-their announced factory will begin producing as many as one million 2.5-inch OLED panels per month when it comes online in the fall of next year. What could they be up to?… » 7/21/08 3:40pm 7/21/08 3:40pm

Panasonic to Have 37-Inch OLED Panels on Sale By 2011?

Adding to the rumors we brought you a few months ago, the Sankei Shimbun daily newspaper is reporting that Panasonic is planning on having 37-inch OLED screens on sale within three years. And there's more: they'll be setting up a production line in the IPS Alpha Technology factory in Chiba Prefecture, intend to… » 6/24/08 4:42am 6/24/08 4:42am

Old Lady Sues Tech Giants for Patents, Bakes Cakes with Lasers

Columbia University Professor Emeritus Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, the scourge of high-tech companies and freeway drivers, is trying to block imports from Sony, Nokia, Motorola, LG, Matsushita and Samsung, after successfully settling a similar patent lawsuit against Philips last week. The U.S. International Trade… » 3/21/08 7:00am 3/21/08 7:00am

Nine-Megapixel Lumix DMC-TZ50 Has Wi-Fi, Photo-Sharing

May sees the Japanese release of Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TZ50, a nine-megapixel point-and-shoot with built-in wifi, meaning you can upload your photos directly to the web. At the moment only the Lumix Club that gets to host your pics, but restrictions will probably be lifted when the TZ50 gets a global release. There's… » 3/19/08 6:54am 3/19/08 6:54am

Pioneer Will Give Kuro Secret Sauce to Panasonic, Says Nikkei

According to a new Nikkei report, Pioneer is going to cease plasma production, as we suspected, but will not just become a passive buyer of Panasonic's plasma technology. Instead, it will combine forces with Panasonic (aka Matsushita) to make sure that the hot Kuro line doesn't fall in quality. At the same time,… » 3/06/08 4:15pm 3/06/08 4:15pm

Reuters: Pioneer Ending ALL Plasma Production, Will Outsource Panels to…

About a week ago it was confirmed that Pioneer was killing off its 42-inch plasmas to focus on sets bigger than 50 inches. Now Japan's Nikkei and Reuters are reporting that they're going to cease making plasma panels entirely, and will buy them from Matsushita (Panasonic). This follows a similar consolidation trend in… » 3/04/08 12:20am 3/04/08 12:20am

Energy Bill Got You Down? You Need Penguin Power!

In the universe of gadgets meant to monitor or conserve energy usage, this is the first we've seen that takes an anime approach. The Lifinity ECO is either a thermostat or a energy monitor (or both), using helpful cartoon penguins that keep tabs on your heating and AC settings, as well as the stuff plugged in around… » 5/18/07 11:53am 5/18/07 11:53am

Toshiba Matsushita Display Introduces New 21" OLED Screen That Nobody…

Another week, another display manufacturer trying to make us believe that large OLED screens are going to happen someday. Like Really-Real-Soon-Now™. This time it's the Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Corporation, a joint venture that has been mass-producing 3.5-inch OLED screens for some time, showing off a… » 4/09/07 4:21am 4/09/07 4:21am

Matsushita Too Successful for Its Own Good in Plasma Market?

Matsushita is reporting one its best quarters in over a decade, largely due to its dominance of the plasma screen market, with a third of the marketshare. LG (number 2), and Samsung, on the other hand, both reported losses. Good for Matsushita, right? Well if LG and Samsung pull a Sony—that is, out of plasma—with only… » 2/02/07 2:40pm 2/02/07 2:40pm

Matsushita Fire-Massage Chair Not Working out as Planned

Panasonic-owned company, Matsushita, is recalling thousands of massage chairs because they can ignite on fire. The incidents are supposedly extremely rare and only happened in demo chairs that are constantly being used. That's too bad—it's cold as hell here in the Midwest and I could use a good fire massage. » 1/31/07 2:45pm 1/31/07 2:45pm