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Sony Abandoning FED Development


Sony Abandoning FED Development

Sony has announced that it will be shutting down its Field Emission Display development, primarily because of "difficulty in raising funds for the acquisition of plant and equipment investment."

FED has been widely touted as a true successor to CRT display technology; hardly surprising as it works on similar principles - though on a more compact scale. The technology was recently demonstrated running Gran Turismo 5 at 250fps and at that time Sony was suggesting production units would be available in 2009. Not any more.

Sony spin-off Field Emission Technologies is to be liquidated, the implication being that Sony is completely calling quits on FED - with no plans to resume development at a later date. Considering Sony was FED's biggest proponent, it seems unlikely anything will come of the technology now.

It looks like we're counting on OLED as our next-generation display technology.




March 26, 2009, 3:14 pm

How do you get in on the liquidation? Ill offer them a couple of pounds for their 250 fps TV's and PS3 set ups!


March 26, 2009, 3:24 pm

Guess what FED stands for?

Financement Est Diminu&#233! hehe


March 26, 2009, 4:11 pm

I'm with you there Stelph.


March 26, 2009, 9:18 pm

I think in this case liquidation means writing off the investment to date and probably meaning some tax benefits.


March 27, 2009, 7:17 pm

FED is a variation on SED (Surface-conduction electron-emitter display) that Canon and Toshiba were jointly working on until 2007 (as reported by TR but I am having trouble finding those stories)with Canon pulling out. The last I am aware is Toshiba were going it alone to produce 55inch and larger displays initially. Perhaps TR News could give an update on it?

Tony Walker

March 30, 2009, 2:24 am


Bonne humeur.

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