Key component par excellence of television sets, the cathode ray
tube (CRT) guarantees clarity and crispness of the image and also
strongly contributes to the final product's appearance. More and
more, CRT's have been evolving towards flat-screens and 16:9 screen
The recent mastery of this technology and the important integration
of our activities (glass, etc.) have allowed our group to concentrate
on high growth areas of the business. Thomson multimedia is posed
to propose unique products, notably in a top quality image and
small screen size.
The group has invested in plasma technology over the past 10 years.
The agreement executed in March 1998 with NEC for a long-term
cooperation based on plasma technology resulted as early as September
1998 with the marketing of the WYSIUS™
screen in Europe.
More recently, NEC and Thomson multimedia announced their intention
to combine their wordwide plasma displays businesses in a 50/50
joint venture. This reinforced partnership will accelerate
joint ambition towards worldwide leadership in plasma display.
The European IST project PLADIS (PLAsma DISplays), led by Thomson
multimedia, will bring TV-sets equipped with large-size colour
plasma display panels and enabling multimedia applications, to
a quality-competitive level while paving the way to cost-affordable