Diamonds Are A Screen's Best Friend

Take ordinary window glass, coat one side with a microthin layer of diamond, and you have the makings of an extraordinary video display. That's according to SI Diamond Technology Inc. (SIDT), a five-year-old Houston startup. Founder Howard K. Schmidt says the technology not only promises brighter displays that consume less power but also might cost less. If so, diamond screens could leapfrog Japanese strengths in liquid-crystal displays, now widely used for portable computers.

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