Nano display debuts

Motorola Labs, the applied research arm of Motorola, today unveiled a working 5-inch colour video display prototype based on proprietary Carbon Nanotube technology.


Motorola Labs, the applied research arm of Motorola, today unveiled a working 5-inch colour video display prototype based on proprietary Carbon Nanotube (CNT) technology – a technique, it says, could create large, flat panel displays with superior quality, longer lifetimes and lower costs than current offerings.


The development of such a flat panel display is possible due to Motorola Labs Nano Emissive Display (NED) technology.


With it, the company can precisely grow CNTs individually on a surface material such as glass, in addition to controlling their length and diameter. The CNTs can also be grown at low temperatures, which the company says is important, because the glass with which they must bond is heat sensitive.


Motorola claims that the electron emission performance demonstrated by its NED technology exceeds that achieved to date with the application of the CNT to the cathode via an organic paste, a process used by other display makers.


“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,” said Barry Young, VP and CFO of DisplaySearch, a leading flat panel display market research and consulting company.


Motorola is now hoping to build relationships with display manufacturers to enable them to further the technology and develop commercially available products.