22 Aug 2002
***ZBD Displays, the developer of a novel bistable LCD, has received a further £2.5m in funding, including £680,000 from QinetiQ, formerly the UK ministry of defence research arm DERA, which spun out ZBD two years ago. Other investors are Prelude Trust, Dow Chemical and TTP Ventures.
The ZBD displays use no power to show a permanent image or text. Power is only drawn when the screen changes, important in mobile phone, PDA and electronic book applications.
***Toshiba has developed what it claims is the world's first large flexible LCD. It is a 8.4 inch low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) active-matrix TFT LCD with SVGA resolution. It is less than 0.4 mm thick and weighs under 20 g, a quarter to a fifth that of present LTPS TFT LCDs.
The display can be flexed in all directions, and bent to form a curve with a radius of curvature as high as 20 cm. The company envisions applications will include TVs with curved screens that can be mounted in trains or buses. Toshiba plans to launch commercial products after 2004.
***Liteye Systems has placed an order for 3000 of eMagin's high-resolution organic LED full-color microdisplays. The order is to feed the demand for Liteye's new head-mounted display (HMD) that is being built based on the license agreement it signed with IBM earlier this year. The HMD will have 800 x 600 resolution and typically consume under 200 mA of power.