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Sharp Corp. said Tuesday it has developed the world’s largest liquid crystal display TV, featuring a 65-inch screen.

The company unveiled the set at Ceatec Japan 2004, a digital home appliances exhibition at the Makuhari Messe center in Chiba Prefecture.

The screen size of Sharp’s Aquos television exceeds that of a 57-inch LCD TV developed by Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea, currently the biggest on the market.

Sharp wants to commercialize the new TV before the end of fiscal 2005, company officials said, adding the price will be roughly comparable with similar sized plasma display televisions.

Large-screen LCD TVs are considered more difficult to develop than large-screen plasma display TVs.

Screens 40 inches wide or smaller are said to be suited for LCD TVs and those with larger sizes for plasma display TVs. Sharp’s new Aquos has made this notion meaningless, according to Takashi Okuda, who leads the company’s audiovisual systems operations.

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