The following objectives were drawn up at the committee's organizationmeeting.


It is recognized that, during the 1980s, the Japanese electronics industryachieved worldwide preeminence in electronic information flat-panel displays(FPDs). This preeminence is due to their technical achievements and broadindustry base in research, development, and manufacturing. This has beenachieved almost completely within Japan, where there are industrialparticipation, government guidance, end-use markets, and a completeinfrastructure.

The FPDs have made feasible new end-use products that have stimulated theentire electronics industry in Japan. Flat-panel displays have not beendeveloped to replace the cathode-ray tubes (CRTs), but rather to expandelectronics display applications where the weight, power requirements, andvolume of the CRT inhibit its use.

In Japan, electronic displays are a key element for the new age, which theJapanese call the information society. Display technology developmenthas been accelerated because of the technical emphasis in the Japanese cultureand the desire for greater communications through visual imagery. It isrecognized that, today, the leading FPD devices are based on LC technology. Thetechnical emphasis is to achieve higher resolution in larger size with fullcolor and at video speeds. The marketing need is to develop ahigh-information-content (HIC) FPD at lower cost.


The purpose of this study is to characterize the research, development, andmanufacturing levels of the Japanese FPD industry as it exists today and toascertain how the Japanese believe the industry will evolve during the1990s.

The committee was tasked with identifying the key technical limitations inmaterials, implementation, and expertise that may inhibit the evolution of thevarious FPD technologies. Secondly, the committee was to identify the keymarket and end-use product objectives that motivate and drive the evolution ofFPDs.


The committee was to:

Because of limited resources and obvious industry activities, the studyconcentrated on LC technologies and all their ramifications.

Published: June 1992; WTEC Hyper-Librarian