Fujitsu Unveils New Type of Plasma Display

It stacks together small plasma tubes, permitting the largest-ever panels to be made

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Fujitsu--the originator of plasma display technology--is developing a new type of plasma display suitable for indoor commercial spaces and far larger than any current display type. The new design promises greatly improved energy efficiencies to boot.

The Tokyo-based company has developed long, narrow plasma tubes that it lines up together horizontally to make a display. Fujitsu describes its work as a breakthrough in creating displays wider than 250 centimeters.

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Deep Learning Could Bring the Concert Experience Home

The century-old quest for truly realistic sound production is finally paying off

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Now that recorded sound has become ubiquitous, we hardly think about it. From our smartphones, smart speakers, TVs, radios, disc players, and car sound systems, it’s an enduring and enjoyable presence in our lives. In 2017, a survey by the polling firm Nielsen suggested that some 90 percent of the U.S. population listens to music regularly and that, on average, they do so 32 hours per week.

Behind this free-flowing pleasure are enormous industries applying technology to the long-standing goal of reproducing sound with the greatest possible realism. From Edison’s phonograph and the horn speakers of the 1880s, successive generations of engineers in pursuit of this ideal invented and exploited countless technologies: triode vacuum tubes, dynamic loudspeakers, magnetic phonograph cartridges, solid-state amplifier circuits in scores of different topologies, electrostatic speakers, optical discs, stereo, and surround sound. And over the past five decades, digital technologies, like audio compression and streaming, have transformed the music industry.

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