Sharp has developed a 65-inch monitor. The LCD is expected to go on sale in Japan from March.

The PN-655 monitor is closely based on one of Sharp's Aquos LCD televisions and offers several features typically found in televisions, although there is no tuner.

The monitor has a DVI and a Mini D-Sub socket for hooking up to a computer and there’s a composite video and D4 analog HDTV input. Sharp's TV also has the DVI-D socket but the Mini D-Sub connector is only found on the monitor. There are also several connectors missing from the monitor than are on the TV, such as an S-Video socket and HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) digital HDTV interface. The monitor has a stereo audio input.

The screen offers 1,920-x-1,080 pixel resolution, which is the same as high-definition television and less than that offered by some competing, but smaller, monitors. Another feature from Sharp's TVs that is available in the monitor is a picture-in-picture function that can mix the computer input with a video signal.

It measures 157-x-13-x-92cm and weighs 65kg, which makes its slightly thinner and lighter than the equivalent television.

The monitor will go on sale in Japan on March 24 and will cost around ¥2 million (around £10,000), the company said. Sharp is considering offering it overseas but has yet to make any definite plans.