Proceedings PaperTFT LCD development and projection display consortium in Taiwan
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The emerging market of combining computer and consumer electronics technologies has resulted in the progress of projection display design. TFT LCD, which has been primarily driven by notebook PC applications, has become a critical component in achieving low cost high performance projection display. Requirements of TFT LCD needed to design LC projector are discussed. Taking advantage of the strength of information industry in Taiwan, a national TFT LCD program aiming to establish LCD industry in Taiwan is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). Four companies, including one CRT maker, one computer maker, and two material manufacturers, join the program as early technology licensees. Both (alpha) -Si and poly-Si technologies are used to develop TFT LCD panels. Under a separate MOEA R&D program, ITRI engineers are developing LC projection displays for NTSC, VGA, and HDTV applications. This program is participated by five consumer electronics makers in Taiwan. First product supporting NTSC and VGA applications has been developed and under sampling by these companies. High definition projector development is now under way.