The Pentagon Leads A Charge For Computer Display Research

Flat-panel displays, already turning up by the tens of thousands in laptop computers, are high on everyone's list of key technologies for the future. Trouble is, more than 95% of them are made in Japan. But the federal government hopes to change that. On July 20, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency agreed to provide $20 million to launch the U.S. Display Consortium. The group will consist of flat-panel startups, such as Photonics Imaging and Planar Systems, plus would-be makers such as AT&T and Xerox, as well as display customers and suppliers of equipment for making flat screens.

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