Surface-conduction electron-emitter displays or SEDs - the supposed Holy Grail of HDTV technology - are fast becoming the most famous example of vapourware in recent years, but could they be back from the dead?
After losing long time partner Toshiba, Canon looks set to try and push out the tech by making some manufacturing compromises. According to news giant Bloomberg, Canon "has started the development of a new electron-emitting technology that should be more stable than Nano-Proprietary's", a move claimed to ease mass production problems and, potentially, reduce the cost.
Against this case for the defence however Canon still gave no indication about when the fabled technology will be commercially available and having heard first hand reports over the years of Q4 2006, Q2 2007 and Q4 2007, the probable whispers of Q2/Q4 2008 don't fill me with a great deal of confidence.
Still, optimists take from this what you can. Pessimists now is the time to vocalise your latest contemptuous snort.