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Cannon, Toshiba postpone SED TV launch again

Posted: 29 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SED TVs? Canon-Toshiba JV? FED technology?

Canon Inc. announced it has decided to postpone the launch of surface-conduction electron-emitter display (SED) TVs, which it had planned to roll out Q4 2007 with then joint-venture partner Toshiba Corp..

The digital camera maker disclosed that reasons for the delay include the prolonged litigation with Nano-Proprietary and ongoing efforts to establish a mass production technology aimed to further reduce costs.

Canon and Toshiba announced early this year the latter's exit from their joint manufacturing companySED order to settle the dispute with Nano-Proprietary. The U.S. company owns field-emission display (FED) patents used in SED displays, which Canon licensed in 1999. Nano-Proprietary limited the use of the FED technology to Canon subsidiaries, and sued in 2004 claiming that SED Inc. was not a subsidiary but was almost evenly owned by both Canon and Toshiba.

Canon is yet to announce a new launch schedule for the SED TVs.

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