Very few Plasma T.V. manufacturers actually make their own plasma T.V’s. Most use a system called re-badging. Basically they buy from a Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), claim to have a secret extra special feature then stick a new sticker on it and bill you thousands extra for the sticker.
THE MAJOR MANUFACTURERS
NEC - Nec is a OEM manufacturer, The company’s plan is to supply industrial units under the NEC name and supply home units thru rebadges such as Marantz and RCA.
Panasonic - Makes the complete units, Supplies Toshiba, JVC, Fujitsu and more.
Pioneer - Makes all of there own equipment and sells OEM to Sharp Note: The 5030 and 4030 HD multimedia box is made by Sharp.
Fujitsu - Only makes their own 42 inch in partnership with Hitachi . 50 and 61 inch Fujitsu Plasmas are Panasonic and NEC but the 42 inch are their own. Note Hitachi plasma screens are identical to Fujitsu and cost thousands less.
Sony - Makes their own boards and chips but uses Fujitsu/ Hitachi plasma screen glass.
Hitachi - Owns 50% of plasma screen factory with Fujitsu. Makes own internal components.
Phillips - Uses Fujitsu/ Hitachi glass screen and most internal components as well. However, Phillips makes its own bezel with built in speakers.
LG / Zenith - Make their own glass in Korea.
Samsung - Makes its own components in Korea.
THE SECONDARY MANUFACTURERS
RCA/ Thompson - Partners with NEC to OEM its product. Just a NEC with a new bezel.
JVC - 50 inch is Panasonic, 42 is NEC
Toshiba - OEM from Panasonic.
Sharp - OEM product through Pioneer for 50" and 42 though they may make some internal component changes .
Runco - OEM 50" from Pioneer and 42" from NEC,
Marantz - OEM 42" plasma monitor from NEC.
Viewsonic - OEM 50" plasma screen from Pioneer ( old 502 ).
Sampo - 42v3 is old Fujitsu, 42v6 is Samsung Plasma.