Large scale manufacturing of liquid crystal flat panel displays (LCDs) by Japan brought the world's attention to the existence of an enormous market potential exists when there are alternatives to the cathode ray tube (CRT). The Japanese have recognized that new display technologies are critical to making their products highly competitive in the world market. The CRT is losing market share to the solid-state flat panel display. Japan currently holds 90% of the market, and this book outlines opportunities in the former Soviet Union, where companies with the necessary technology are seeking partners, investment, and manufacturing opportunities. Entire cities that were once not even on the map due to their military mission, are now appearing, filled with state-of-the-art electronic technology. The book is developed from the reports issued by investigators based on their field visits to 33 sites in Japan, and 26 sites in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.


Manufacturers of flat panel displays.

Table of Contents

Part I. Display Technologies in Japan Executive Summary Background Summary of Report 1. Flat-Panel Displays in Japan: an Overview Introduction Organization Objectives of the Committee Major Technical Findings Extent of Development of Liquid Crystal Displays Commitment to Production of Liquid Crystal Displays Changing Consensus in Large FPDs Changing Role of Electroluminescent Displays and Plasma Panels Infrastructure in Japan's FPD Industry Market and Projected Sales New a-Si AMLCD Factory Emphasis in the 1990s Summary References 2. Material for Flat-Panel Displays Introduction Liquid Crystal Materials Other LCD Materials Light-Emissive Display Materials Conclusions References 3. Manufacturing and Infrastructure of Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays Introduction Manufacturing Logistics Manufacturing Equipment PECVD Conclusions 4. Passive Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays Introduction LCD Basics Twisted Nematic LCDs Supertwisted Nematic LCDs Vertically Aligned Nematic LCDs Ferroelectric LCDs Status and Prospects for the Future Comparison of Passive Matrix LCD Technologies Conclusions References 5. Active Matrix Technology Introduction Basic Active Matrix Technology Investment Environment Amorphous Silicon: The Dominant Active Matrix Technology Polysilicon: The Successor Te


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William Andrew
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