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Canon And Toshiba Delay Launch Of New SED Televisions

The SED television technology, which uses electrons with a phosphor-coated screen, offers high efficiency for low power consumption.
by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) May 25, 2007
Japanese high-tech giants Canon and Toshiba said Friday they had decided to postpone indefinitely the launch of a new type of flat television panel which is mired in legal wrangling. SED television sets were due to be introduced in Japan in the fourth quarter of 2007. No new launch date was given.

"Reasons for the postponement include prolonged litigation currently underway in the United States and efforts to establish mass-production technology aimed at realising further cost reductions," a Canon statement said.

The delay forced Toshiba to put off the sales launch of the surface-conduction electron-emitter display (SED) TVs as it had planned to source the screens from Canon.

Austin, Texas-based Nano-Proprietary Inc. sued Canon for allegedly breaking its 1999 patent license agreement for key technology in the production of SED sets.

The US firm argued that the agreement does not allow Toshiba access to its intellectual property so the venture cannot be transferred the license rights.

Canon, which began research on SED in 1986, announced in January that it had agreed to buy Toshiba's 50 percent stake in their joint venture making SED TV panels in hopes of resolving the dispute.

The technology, which uses electrons with a phosphor-coated screen, offers high efficiency for low power consumption, according to the high-tech giant.

Canon is also developing organic electro-luminescence display screens, as is rival Sony Corp. which aims to launch televisions using the technology later this year.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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