FED TV assets acquired by AU Optronics

FED TV news at last:

(RTTNews) –  Wednesday, AU Optronics Corp. (AUO: News ) said it has entered into an agreement with Field Emission Technologies or FET and FET Japan, Inc. or FETJ, to purchase certain assets and to transfer certain technology from FET, a leader in FED or field emission displays technology whose 39.8% of shareholding is owned by Sony Corporation. In the transaction, AUO said it will acquire certain assets that include patents, know-how, inventions, and relevant equipment related to FED technology and materials.

It will be very interesting to see what AU Optronics does with the technology from FET. Stand by for more news.

Full story at: rttnews.com

FET – Field Emission Technologies shutting down

Well here’s some bad news for FED TV fans. Field Emission Technologies is closing down.

It wasn’t a good sign when they couldn’t raise funds to buy the Pioneer plant they had hoped to use to manufacture field emission displays. The closure was blamed on an inability to raise funds for manufacturing.

Field emission displays may emerge again in the future from another manufacturer but not Sony or FET.

So, no FED TV in the near future. The future of OLED looks pretty bleak right now also. Aside from one “concept TV” from Sony, nothing else is expected soon.  Also, the top rated plasma TV, the Pioneer Kuro is no more…

Despite the ups and mostly downs over the last few years, I think that SED TV has a good chance now if SED Inc and Canon can pull it off.

19″ FED Monitor Demonstration

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.

Excellent story at: sonyinsider.com

FET- FED Factory Aquisition Plans On Hold

Bad news from Field Emission Technologies. Plans to acquire the Pioneer plasma TV factory in Kagoshima, Japan have been put on hold due to difficulty in securing financing.

FET, set up in 2006 between Sony and investment fund Technology Carve-Out Investment LLC to develop ultra-thin displays, had originally planned to buy Pioneer’s factory by the end of March 2009.

Full unpleasant story at: Reuters.com

Field Emission Displays at FPD 2008

Field Emission Technologies has a couple of FED TV|Field Emission displays at FPD 2008 in Japan.

The first display will be the first 240Hz video content of an actual event.

“The nano-Spindt FED will be exhibited as a display monitor in the demonstration of the abovementioned content by KEISOKU GIKEN Co., Ltd.”

Also, in the “High-quality picture 2008” forum at the FPD International 2008, FET will discuss the nano-Spindt FED  at Session P-22 with the subject “What high-quality pictures are for each FPD.”

More information at FET.

TECO Nanotech to join field emission display – FED TV -manufacturers

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.

More at Azonano.com

Field Emission Technologies to buy Pioneer PDP plant for $200 million.

Field Emission Technologies Inc. will be buying Pioneer’s plasma TV plant for $200 million. The plant will be used for production of field emission displays and FED TV’s starting with a 26″ model.

Displaybank reported the factory in Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Japan, is scheduled to stop PDP production in January 2009. The company anticipates being fully operational and making FED displays by the end of 2009 with an expected production capacity of 10K units per month.”

Full story at Displaydaily.com

They also had some good first hand impressions of the field emision diplay from FET.

“More recently, at NAB this past Spring, FET had an exhibit at the broadcast industry show with a similar set up to CEATEC. Our analyst Aldo Cugnini said of that display demo “…there was no difference discernable between the FED and CRT monitors. Of course, this is to be expected, as the FED display utilizes phosphor-based light generation from the emission devices.”

At the time, FET said they planned to produce a line of full-HD monitors that target the high-end broadcast market, medical and other niche markets as replacements for broadcast quality CRTs.”

Excellent field emission display (FED TV) article

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

FED TV – Field Emission display video clip from NAB2008

This field emission display (FED TV) video is from NAB 2008 and shows Field Emission Technologies Nano-Spindt High Frame Rate Video Display. The FET FED TV can display frame rates from 24-240 fps.

It will be very interesting to see the specs and options available on the future 26″ Sony FED TV due out next year.