http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20050421A8041.html "Matsush*ta: PDP to account for 90% of large-size flat-panel TV Latest news Calvin Shao, Japan; Emily Chuang, DigiTimes.com [Monday 25 April 2005] Even with LCD TV panel makers aggressively investing in seventh generation (7G) and eighth generation (8G) production, Ken Morita, vice president of Panasonic AVC Networks, remains optimistic that PDP will dominate the market for large-size panels in the near future. Morita expects that PDP TVs will account for 90% of the over 37-inch flat panel TV segments over the next few years, as demand grows. Morita anticipates global PDP shipments will reach five million units this year and 8.6 million units by the end of 2007. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), about 23,000 over 40-inch LCD TVs were sold globally last year, while over 42-inch PDP TVs totaled more than two million in shipments. Morita also claims that PDP technology has improved on its earlier disadvantages, such as a shorter relative lifetime, image burn-in, and power consumption. In addition, the pricing advantage PDP has over LCD should improve, as the cost of production for PDP TVs will decrease 55% by the end of 2007 compared to a decrease of only 35% for LCD TVs, according to Matsush*ta Electric Industrial (Panasonic is a brand of Matsush*ta). Currently Matsush*ta has three PDP plants in operation and is the third leading supplier of PDP TV panels globally, with a market share of 21.7%. LG Electronics and Samsung SDI are ranked first and second."