I just found a great article about Field Emission Technologies production plans for FED TV or field emission display monitors.
Here are some quotes:
According to the spokesperson, initial production will start at the end of 2009, and will be limited to 10,000 units in the first year, all of them business-focused monitors for use in applications like TV station master monitors and medical scanning equipment.
However, while he did not give a date, the spokesperson said FET would eventually move into televisions.
“We will make televisions in the future, but if we jump straight into TVs, we will need a huge amount of money and a large production run. At this stage, we’re looking at production runs of 10,000 units in our first year for a 26-inch size.”
The spokesperson said sizes could start from 17-inches, though.
“When we move into production runs in the tens of thousands, we will use a second line, and if, for example, we decide to make panels in the 40 or 50-inch sizes, we will focus on technology to cut more panels from the one piece of motherglass,” he said.
As a panel manufacturer, not a TV brand in its own right, FET will badge televisions with customers’ names.
(I’m guessing here that Sony would be the first!)
“The brand they will be sold under is still up in the air, but we are a panel maker, so … we will not make the final sets. Companies who wish to put their names to one of our panels will simply become one of our clients,” he said.
Lots of details here, see the full FED TV story at www.current.com.au