News is spreading that Toshiba plans to stop manufacturing plasma display panel (PDP) TVs in Japan by next summer. On other markets it will discontinue the products after that. Instead Toshiba will focus on the production of surface-conduction electron-emitter display (SED) TVs.
Toshiba has not introduced any PDP TVs in Japan since the end of 2003, and the company was quoted this September by IDG News Service (via PC World) as saying it will phase out its PDP TV business in 2007.
The company plans to focus on SED TVs for the over-50-inch segment by cooperating with Canon, with the first product being introduced in August 2005. In addition, Toshiba has also shown great interest in the LCD-TV market and has set up an LCD-TV panel joint venture with Hitachi and Matsushita Electric Industrial.