Leaky fibers could lead to flat screen

An Australian researcher has combined leaky optical fibers with simplified liquid-crystal-display (LCD) panels to produce thin, lightweight, energy-efficient flat screens. Developed by Ramasoft3 (Sidney, NSW, Australia), the optical-fiber flat screen (OFFS) overcomes some of the design and manufacturing problems that plague current flat-screen technologies. Standard LCDs that are bigger than 17 in., for example, can cost more than $15,000. The panel of the OFFS is formed by optical fibers, their

Jun 1st, 1998

Leaky fibers could lead to flat screen

An Australian researcher has combined leaky optical fibers with simplified liquid-crystal-display (LCD) panels to produce thin, lightweight, energy-efficient flat screens. Developed by Ramasoft3 (Sidney, NSW, Australia), the optical-fiber flat screen (OFFS) overcomes some of the design and manufacturing problems that plague current flat-screen technologies. Standard LCDs that are bigger than 17 in., for example, can cost more than $15,000. The panel of the OFFS is formed by optical fibers, their walls etched to allow light transmission. An array of red, blue, and green light-emitting diodes is coupled into the fibers. The OFFS should be cheaper to manufacture, have low power consumption, and possibly be less than 2.5 cm thick.

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