It wasn’t too long ago when folks would lug around one of the heaviest item after the sofa in the living room to position their trusted CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) TV. Those TVs were not only small and exceptionally heavy but they also took up a huge space in depth to accommodate the cathode ray tube(CRT) protruding out of the back. There were some advances made in the CRT research area where the total depth was somewhat reduced but none at the level of flat screen TVs of today.
The demand for flat screen TVs increased as the cost of manufacturing flat panels also diminished. But this is only came about through high demand for the product otherwise companies will not be able to produce numbers in such capacity and lower cost. This has been true of the micro-processor where year by year we continue to see diminished prices but increased power and performance. The public are so fortunate to live in this kind of a market as they can afford products which were typically beyond their reach a few years ago.
Can the principle of Moores law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore’s_law) on microprocessors apply to the flat panel TVs too? Moores law dictates that the microchip will double in capacity every 2 years.This law has worked well in the last 20 years although with an adjustment of 18 months rather than 2years but there is no cost factor associated with this law. In principle since the flat panels are made in the same types of foundary as silicon chips than the law could work equally well to flat panel displays (FPD). Let us see if historical data on silicon chips can be used to predict the FPD market in the future.