DUBLIN, Republic of Ireland -- The first direct drive displays using electrochromic display technology from startup Ntera Ltd. would be available in the fourth quarter of 2004, the company said Tuesday (May 25).
Ntera calls its version of electrochromic display, nanochromic display (NCD) and claims it offers superior optical performance and cost-effectiveness over existing LCD and new display technologies.
The company said low-resolution versions of NCD for clocks, white goods display panels, meters and instrumentation displays would be manufactured at Ntera production facilities in Taiwan and Ireland.
In addition Ntera said it would license the technology to liquid crystal display producers.
Ntera said it is working with "strategic partners" on higher-resolution displays for notebook computers, PDAs and e-books. These partners were not named.
The NCD uses semiconducting metal oxide films with a monolayer of electrochromic viologen molecules to produce displays with a white background and high contrast ratios.
The claimed benefits of NCD include: ink on paper readability, white or clear backgrounds giving more than four times the reflectivity and contrast of an LCD; a bistable characteristic which means that power is only required to update an image; 1-volt dc operation; and cost effective manufacturing.
"The ability to cost effectively manufacture NCD on existing LCD manufacturing lines has greatly accelerated our timeframe to commercially launch our products," said Nick How, president of Ntera, in a statement.
Ntera announced it had raised $9.5 million early in May.