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European Consortium Active Matrix

Objective

The ECAM-II Project is closely related to the ECAM (I) ESPRIT project 7701. Both projects are coordinated by the Flat Panel Display Co. (FPD) B.V., a joint venture of Philips, Thomson and SAGEM. The common goal of both projects is to safeguard and enhance European competitiveness in comparison with the Japanese competition.

The project is, like ECAM I, organised in sub-projects, where each sub-project has its own specific objective. For the ECAM II project, the objective has been formulated as follows:

Find the most economic way to produce AMLCDs with environmentally clean techniques and processes for existing and new applications, and care for products which can be used by as many as possible customers. Contribute herewith the European democratic desire to enable every citizen to participate in the information process and forming individual opinions.

These goals are pursued in ECAM II in several ways:

- Introduction of simplified or improved processes developed in ECAM I, specially 2S-3S TFT, processes with a better process window or improved optical effect.
- Research in the further improve the angle dependence of the viewing angle, by radically different alignment techniques and new materials.
- Process development in processes that use less materials, emit less to the environment, are safer for the operators or the environment.
- Develop a European source for key components, specially colour filters and PTV key elements.

FPD and joint-venture partners are again complemented by a broad spectrum R&D consortium which will secure the necessary technologies in the short and medium term. The consortium comprises the companies as listed below.

Coordinator

Flat Panel Display Co. (Fpd) B.V.
Address
Prof. Holstlaan 4
5656 AA Eindhoven
Netherlands

Participants (13)

BKE-BILDTECHNIK
Germany
Address
Industriestraße 1-3
37176 Noerten Hardenberg
Barco NV
Belgium
Address
Noordlaan 5
8520 Kuurne
Centre National d'Études des Télécommunications (CNET)
France
Address
38-40 Rue Du Général Leclerc
92131 Issy-les-moulineaux
Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA)
United Kingdom
Address
St Andrews Road
WR14 3PS Malvern
E Merck
Germany
Address
Frankfurter Straße 250
64293 Darmstadt
IBM France SA
France
Leybold AG
Germany
Address
Siemensstraße 100
63755 Alzenau
OSRAM GMBH
Germany
Address
Hellabrunnerstrasse 1
81543 Muenchen
Philips Electronics UK Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
1-19 Torrington Place
WC1E 7HD London
SOCIETE D'APPLICATIONS GENERALES D'ELECTRICITE ET DE MECANIQUE
France
Address
27 Rue Leblanc Le Ponant De Paris
75512 Paris
THOMSON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SA
France
Address
9 Place Des Vosges
92050 Paris La Defense
Thomson Liquid Crystal Display
France
Address
Zone Industrielle Centr'alp
38430 Moirans
Universität Stuttgart
Germany
Address
Allmandring 30
70550 Stuttgart