CAMBRIDGE, England Cambridge Flat Projection Display Ltd. (CamFPD) has received an investment of £150,000 (about US$285,000) from the United Kingdom's National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) to help the company develop a prototype of its Wedge flat panel display technology and to engage major corporate customers.
Back in July 2004 the company claimed to have developed a 50-inch prototype and that the technology, which uses a conventional projection display shining into a thin wedge from the side, could go to 100-inch diagonal sizes.
The technology allows an image from a normal digital video projector to be shown on a large flat, or slightly curved, panel of plastic or glass, by projection from the edge of the panel rather than from the front. At about two centimeters thick the resulting display is far thinner than a conventional television and will cost far less than comparable liquid crystal or plasma screens.
The display panel can be made of glass or plastic and the power consumption of a "Wedge" display is about one third of a similar size LCD display and an even smaller fraction of a plasma screen.
The company was founded in January 1999 as a spin-off from Cambridge University's Department of Engineering by Adrian and Quintus Travis.
CamFPD expects licensees to begin mass production of the technology in late 2005 or early 2006, and is seeking manufacturing partners for some of the key components of the system.