ATP Helps Process
to Manufacture the Next Generation
|Partnering Organization:||Displaytech, Inc.
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|Status Report of the Completed Project:||View Report|
In 1994, LCD flat-panel technology used in laptop computers was not keeping pace with the needs of other emerging applications, such as high-definition projection televisions (HDTVs), head-mounted “virtual reality” displays, and other size-constrained applications. At that time,the huge capital costs associated with flat-panel display manufacturing inhibited entry of innovators into the display market.
ATP provided cost-share to Displaytech, a small company with limited funds, to develop mass-production technology for a new generation of LCD microdisplays that could produce detailed real-time images as small as a postage stamp that are still sharp when magnified to the size required for HDTV.
and Economic Impacts
Under the NIST Advanced Technology Program (ATP) project, two key issues were addressed:
Prior to the ATP project, manufacturing microdisplays were capital-intensive (dedicated plants that cost up to $1 billion) with low productivity. Through the ATP project:
Displaytech was then able to translate these technical results into economic impacts:
Its manufacturing partner, Miyota, built a $30 million factory for large-scale production dedicated exclusively to making Displaytech microdisplays.
The spillovers of this project have been significant. Through the ATP-funded project, Displaytech facilitated a new production process, a “fabless semiconductor” model that has significantly lowered the barrier to entry in this market and productivity increased by orders of magnitude. Displaytech’s success has encouraged more than 24 U.S. firms to enter the micro display market.
Date created: June
Last updated: August 21, 2006
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