Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Nanotech on Display

Mann, Charles C.

Journal Information:
Technology Review (MIT)
Vol. 107, Num. 9


In 2004 Samsung took the lead in creating a screen using carbon nanotubes. Samsung's research into "field emission displays" is cautious but innovative, aligned (the company hopes) with its general goals to move from a low-cost electronics maker to a higher-end electronics producer. Field emission displays are energy efficient, unlike plasma screens, and quick to show images, unlike LCDs. Still in its development stages, Samsung's current displays have a mix of partnership agreements and technological challenges behind them already. These challenges overcome, the economics remain. How to produce a better product for less? Other display technologies are keeping pace, dropping prices and making advances. So field emission displays have a tough set of challengers waiting for them.