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Pilot line planned for lighting nanotubes

Posted: 01 Dec 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:carbon nanotube? Applied Nanotech? Shimane Masuda Electronics? Nano-Proprietary?

The world's first pilot line for carbon nanotube-based electron-emission lighting devices was announced recently by Applied Nanotech Inc. in cooperation with Shimane Masuda Electronics Co. Ltd.

Applied Nanotech is a subsidiary of Nano-Proprietary Inc. and the joint development project aims to build a joint pilot line for the development and production of carbon nanotube electron emission based lighting devices by June 30, 2006.

"To our knowledge it is the first pilot line dedicated to developing and manufacturing a product using carbon nanotube electron emission," said Zvi Yaniv, CEO of Applied Nanotech.

Earlier this year Texas Governor, Rick Perry, made a joint announcement with the Governor of the Shimane Prefecture in Japan, Nobuyoshi Sumita, detailing a deal between the U.S. and Japanese regions to develop a nanoparticle-based aluminum alloy with enhanced thermal conductivity for microelectronics applications. That deal was between Applied Nanotech and the Shimane Masuda Electronics research arm called the Shimane Institute for Industrial Technology.

The success of that research effort prompted the manufacturing arm of Shimane, the Shimane Masuda Electronics, to broker the deal with Applied Nanotech.

Under the deal, Applied Nanotech will reap a 5 percent royalty from any subsequent sales resulting from products developed on the pilot line. Shimane Masuda Electronics has agreed to provide all the equipment and personnel while Applied Nanotech contributes the technical expertise and access to its patent portfolio.

Applied Nanotech and Shimane Masuda Electronics declined to specify exactly what type of nanotube-based lighting devices will be made on the pilot line, however Nano-Proprietary (Applied Nanotech's holding company) has announced in the past that they were developing the technology for carbon nanotube backlighting to replace LCD backlights. At that time, the company claimed its nanotube-based LCD backlights will burn brighter and longer and contain no mercury as do conventional backlights.

One possibility is that the carbon nanotubes can be fabricated to acts cold cathode electron emitters which then strike a phosphor screen to form the LCD backlight.

Nano-Proprietary is a holding company for its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Applied Nanotech and Electronic Billboard Technology Inc. Both ventures share Nano-Proprietary's portfolio of patents in nanotechnology.

Shimane Masuda Electronics manufactures electronic devices for the mobile phone industry which are embedded inside cell phones from Mitsubishi, Sony and Sharp and others.

- R. Colin Johnson
EE Times




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