Research centres in merger on LCDs

Research centres in merger on LCDs
Steve Bush Two UK micro-display research centres are to merge to form MicroPix Technologies, a company that will develop and license ferroelectric silicon backplane LCDs. The centres concerned are the display business of Admit Design Systems from Edinburgh, and a unit from CRL, the Hayes, Middlesex-based research laboratory owned by Scipher. “CRL has been researching silicon backplane ferroelectric LCDs for 15 years and Admit’s micro-display branch has systems and DSP experience,” said Dr Lewis Banks, a spokesman for the new company. MicroPix will be wholly-owned by Scipher, Admit having sold its research centre to Scipher which has split up CRL. “MicroPix will initially operated in Edinburgh and Middlesex, but will gradually move to Scotland, leaving just its limited-production facility in Hayes,” said Banks. MicroPix aims to use a three-pronged strategy to get its products to mass market. “We will licence the technology to big manufacturers, including games headset makers, for inclusion into their own products; form joint ventures to develop multiple sourced for the display component market and run small production batches ourselves for specialist applications including medical devices,” said Banks.


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