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| LG Electronics Develops Electro-Luminescence Panel
November 11, 1998 (SEOUL) -- LG Electronics Inc. said its research center
developed an electro-luminescence (EL) display panel that is lighter
and thinner than conventional LCDs.
|The 4-in. glass panel equals the brightness and picture quality of color
LCDs in notebooks, but it is 50 percent less expensive, a company spokesman
LG Electronics said it will put the product on the market starting in
the second half of next year.
The company developed the new display panel based on the principle that
electrons emit luminescence when they are differently charged.
Eastman Kodak first tried to apply the principle to develop its own model
in 1987, and about 100 firms in the United States, Japan and Germany
are now competing in this market.
Due to its self-luminescence, the screen doesn't need a back-lit device,
and it offers a wide-angle view.
It needs only 15 volts for normal operation, but its overall life cycle
is shorter than LCDs.
LG Electronics will initially produce a small 2-in. to 10-in. EL panel
for car navigation devices and mobile phones, and it will gradually
develop a large 20-in. to 60-in. panel for notebook PCs and TVs in the
LG Electronics said its research center spent 3 billion won (US$2.29
million) on development since January of last year and filed about 65
patents both at home and abroad.
LG said it will release a thin plastic EL panel measuring only 0.2 mm
in the near future.
(Maeil Business Newspaper, Korea)
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