http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/afp/20040719/tc_afp/skorea_samsung_company SEOUL (AFP) - Samsung SDI, South Korea (news - web sites)'s largest display screen maker, said it had developed the world's slimmest cathode-ray tube (CRT) display for digital televisions. The new CRT display, dubbed 'Vixlim' for 32-inch (81-centimeter) digital TVs, is only 35 centimeters thick, nearly halving the 50 to 60 centimeters seen on traditional CRTs. "The new product is as slim as LCD (liquid crystal display) TVs but better quality, making itself a good fit for digital TV," the company said. The company will start mass production early next year, with a plan to introduce the technology on all present large-sized CRT products by end-2005. Samsung SDI has also actively expanded its business to making LCDs, now widely used for mobile phone and computer screen monitors, and PDPs (plasma display panels), flat screens for thin TVs. In recent years, traditionally thick CRT displays have given way to slim LCDs or PDPs in the fast-growing digital television screen markets. Samsung SDI said, however, that it expects to see a new "boom period" for CRT displays with the development of the new product, which will be thinner and much cheaper than LCDs or PDPs. It said the new CRT product could lower the prices of digital television by nearly one third. Visit the link for a pic of the set. Nice!