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Toshiba: LCD holds promise of lighter PDAs

Japanese Toshiba Corp. said at the beginning of June that it has developed a new type of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display that is capable of flexing. Made of low-temperature polysilicon, th…

Japanese Toshiba Corp. said at the beginning of June that it has developed a new type of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display that is capable of flexing. Made of low-temperature polysilicon, the TFT panel is a full colour, 8.4-inch SVGA 800-by-600 pixel active-matrix LCD that measures 0.4mm in thickness. This is less than one-fourth the thickness of comparable thin-film-transistor-LCDs manufactured to date. The panel also weighs less than a quarter as much as a comparable device. The liquid crystal molecules are sandwiched between two extremely thin sheets of glass backed with a flexible substrate that adds strength. Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., a joint venture of Toshiba and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. plans to use the new panel in commercial products beginning in or after fiscal 2004. According to the company, because the panel is light, it promises to help reduce the weight of personal digital assistants, while its flexibility means it can be attached to curved walls and other such surfaces.

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