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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 said.

    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 future.

    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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    Updated: Tue Nov 10 17:12:40 1998 PDT