|AUO Picks up FED Technology Rights|
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|Written by Dick Ward|
|Friday, 22 January 2010|
FED stands for Field Emission Display. The technology could best be compared to CRT, as it has many of the same advantages. FED televisions, on paper anyway, are more efficient than LCD and less complex. They’re brighter than most current TVs and have impressive black levels. The biggest downside is that, at least for now, they don’t exist.
AUO is hoping to change that. The Taiwanese company announced this week that they’ve reached an agreement to acquire Field Emission Technologies; the company responsible for much of Sony’s FED work. AUO says that the main focus will be on business markets for now. “FED technology will be an appropriate fit especially for the high-end market needs such as medical or broadcast displays,” says CEO and President, Dr. L. J. Chen.
FED’s been in development for some time, but Sony dropped it, as did Motorola before them. The technology has already been abandoned by some of the biggest names in consumer electronics, so don’t get too excited about seeing FED sets hit the consumer market any time soon.