IL, May 09, 2005 --- Motorola Labs, the applied research
arm of Motorola, Inc., (NYSE: MOT), today unveiled
a working 5-inch color video display prototype based
on proprietary Carbon Nanotube (CNT) technology -
a breakthrough technique that could create large,
flat panel displays with superior quality, longer
lifetimes and lower costs than current offerings.
Optimized for a large screen High Definition Television
(HDTV) that is less than 1-inch thick, this first-of-its
kind NED 5-inch prototype harnesses the power of
CNTs to fundamentally change the design and fabrication
of flat panel displays.
The development of such a flat panel display is
possible due to Motorola Labs Nano Emissive Display
(NED) technology, a scalable method of growing CNTs
directly on glass to enable an energy efficient design
that excels at emitting electrons. Through this cost-effective
process and design, Motorola showcases the potential
to create longer-lasting NED flat panel displays
with high brightness, excellent uniformity and color
"With over 15 years experience and 160 patents in CNT and flat panel displays,
we have developed a technology that could enable the next generation of large
size flat panel displays to deliver an extraordinary visual experience at a fraction
of current prices," said Jim O'Connor, vice president, Motorola technology incubation
and commercialization. "We now look forward to aligning with display manufacturers
and enabling them to further this technology and develop commercially available
"Motorola's NED technology is demonstrating full color video with good response
time," said Barry Young, VP and CFO of DisplaySearch, a leading flat panel display
market research and consulting company. "And according to a detailed cost model
analysis conducted by our firm, we estimate the manufactured cost for a 40-inch
NED panel could be under $400."
Motorola's proprietary CNT growth process provides excellent precision in designing
and manipulating a material at its molecular level - enhancing specific characteristics
- and, in the case of flat panel displays, producing high-definition images.
The electron emission performance demonstrated by the Motorola technology exceeds
that achieved to date with the application of the CNT to the cathode via an organic
paste, the process used by other companies.
"Motorola has proven its NED technology to be fully video capable," said Kimberly
Allen, Director Display Technology and Strategy for analyst firm iSuppli. "CNT
direct growth on glass appears to have advantages over CNT paste/printing approaches
and has potential for larger and more sophisticated displays."
About Motorola's NED Prototype
Motorola's industry-first working prototype demonstrates:
full color 5" video section of a
1280 x 720, 16:9, 42-inch HDTV
- High quality brightness
- Bright, vivid colors using standard Cathode Ray
Tube (CRT) TV phosphors
- Display panel thickness of 3.3 millimeters (about
1/8th of an inch)
- Low cost display drive electronics (similar to
LCD, much lower than Plasma)
- Display characteristics meet or exceed CRTs,
such as fast response time, wide viewing angle,
wide operation temperature.
More details of Motorola's NED performance will
be discussed at the 43rd annual Society for Information
Display (SID) International Symposium, Seminar and
Exhibition in Boston, May 22-27.
Business Risks: Statements about Nano Emissive Display (NED) technology and
the functionality of this technology are forward-looking and involve risk and
uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially
from those in the forward looking statements include unforeseen events related
to the company's ability to secure qualified manufacturing licensees and the
ability of those licensees to commercialize the technology, respond to market
conditions and meet consumer demands and other factors in Motorola's filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
For more information visit www.motorola.com
About Motorola Labs:
Motorola Labs serves as the applied research arm of the company, focusing on
leading edge technologies for future products and product enhancements. Motorola
also actively licenses technologies developed in the Labs to external customers.
This project was partially funded by the Early Stage Accelerator, Motorola's
internal funding arm for commercialization.
Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless
mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless
networks. In your home, auto, workplace, and all spaces in between, seamless
mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, anywhere,
anytime. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and
enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola
had sales of US $31.3 billion in 2004.
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