It seems that FED TV and field emission display monitors may be on the way from AU Optronics.
“According to the deal, AU Optronics will acquire certain assets that include patents, know-how, inventions, and relevant equipment related to field emission displays or FED, technology and materials from Tokyo, Japan-based FET, which is owned 39.8% by Sony Corp. (SNE)
AU Optronics’s Chief Executive Officer and President, L. J. Chen, said, “With its successful cooperation with FET, AUO intends to utilize FET’s resources of FED technology to commercialize products, which will hopefully benefit our customers and end consumers.”
FED is a new type of flat-panel display that has self light-emitting capacity and has great contrast and low power consumption, with no motion blur and deeper color depth capable of 12bit gray level.”
Sony has been showing off a 19 inch FED (Field Emission Display) monitor from spin-off FET or Field Emission Technologies.
Not content with just showing a standard demo with a BluRay source, they’ve hooked up the 19″ FED monitor to 4 PS3’s at 4x 1080P playing Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.
Audiences were amazed by the lifelike quality of the images. There was no flicker whatsoever.
“The display used in this demonstration was the 19 inch nano-Spindt FED screen produced by FE Technologies, who is a company that has taken over the development of the FED technology that was being developed at Sony. This display contains over 10,000 electron sources called the nano-spindt emitter, per pixel. A fluorescent substance is exposed to the electrons from the emitters to produce light, and this format is very close to a cathode-ray tube in principle. The resulting view angle is wider in comparison to a LCD panel, and it shows superior performance when displaying moving images, with no blurring of the outline.”
FET also recently stated that they would have field emission monitors available starting next year for broadcast applications.
Taiwan based TECO Nanotech Co. Ltd. has announced that they are going to be “focusing on the research, development and manufacturing of carbon nano tube field emission display to step into the field of FPD panels and modular”.
The predecessor of TECO Nanotech Co., Ltd. was Teco Information Co., Ltd. which was founded in 1989 and supplying color monitors for domestic and overseas markets.
As this company has a solid background in monitor production already, it will be very interesting to see how their research and manufacturing progresses over the next while.
Field Emission Technologies is the potential leader in the FED monitor / FED TV field but it’s great to see competition emerging so soon after their announcement of the production of FED panels starting late next year.
Finally some great news from Field Emission Technologies on field emission display (FED) panel production.
“TOKYO, July 2 (Reuters) – A flat panel startup affiliated with Sony Corp (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Wednesday it will spend up to 30 billion yen ($283 million) to make new display panels based on field emission display technology by the end of next year.”
“Field Emission Technologies’ production capacity will initially be equivalent to 10,000 units of 26-inch panels a month.
It aims for annual sales of 25 billion yen in the second year of commercial production and targets 100 billion yen in revenues eventually.
The company plans to market the new panels, capable of recreating natural colour and offering fast-moving images without blurring, as displays for medical and other professional monitors as well as for high-end TVs.”
From aField Emission Technologies Inc. News Release
March 26, 2008
The nano-Spindt FED exhibit at NAB2008
The nano-Spindt FED – Meeting the requirements of the video and broadcasting industry
Field Emission Technologies Inc. will participate in the NAB Show, the world’s largest exhibition of
broadcasting equipment, to be held in Las Vegas, U.S. from April 14 th to 17th
There will be another display of the FED TV in Tokyo this month.
Austin, Texas-based Nano-Proprietary, Inc. (OTCBB: NNPP), announced that its subsidiary Applied Nanotech, Inc. will exhibit at “nano tech 2008” in Tokyo, Japan February 13 – 15, 2008.
Among the many products displayed by Applied Nanotech will be those involving carbon nanotubes.
Carbon nanotube electron emission
Carbon nanotube electron emission activities will be demonstrated including lighting devices (working in collaboration with Mitsui Corporation), field emission TVs, and a variety of electron sources for different applications.
Check back during Nano Tech 2008 for more information and photos. Full story at: Foxbusiness.com
There is a recently released, very technical paper titled “Selection of Application Specific Single and Multi Walled Carbon Nanotubes by In Situ Characterization of Conductive and Field Emission Properties”
While that’s quite a title, it explains the conductive and field emission properties of individual single and multi-walled carbon nanotubes for those of you interested in how field emission displays and eventually FED TVs work.