Samsung says it has developed a 40-inch (100cm) diagonal-width liquid crystal display (LCD) panel.

Apple held a $100 million investment in Samsung until very recently. Apple's most recent quarterly report reveals the company has liquefied this investment.

The new display, which Samsung says is the first 40-inch LCD to be developed, has a resolution of 1,280-x-768 pixels - equivalent to XGA (Extended Graphics Array) resolution. This is higher than normal television, and means the display is suitable for computers as well as high-definition television, an area in which Samsung hopes to promote the display.

The company began development of the display ten months ago.

It's a wide screen display, although, at 15:9, differs from the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. It has a 170-degree viewing angle, a response time of 12 milliseconds, displays 16.7 million colours, has a contrast ratio of 600:1 and a brightness of 500 candela per square meter. Power consumption is 180 watts.