Below is from optics-org. It is a little dated, but sure got my ears up. If the resolution and PQ is there, FEDs, of one kind of another, will quickly dominate the video market.
The FED is dead: long live the FED
This was the title of the presentation given by Bill Taylor, technical director of PFE, to the DisplaySearch conference in San Diego, California, US, in March.
Practically the only company with an optimistic vision of the future of FEDs, PFE aims to produce devices with cheap screen printing processes. It has so far received Â£7.5 m (â‚¬12.2 m) from venture capitalists (the latest round in November 2001: Â£3 m from 3i, Quester and NIF). The company is also negotiating with Asian manufacturers for much larger funding.
PFE's stated aim is to fill what it perceives to be the "20-40 inch gap" in the TV market. According to predictions by Stanford Resources for large display manufacturing costs, in 2010 LCDs will cost $1.5/inch2, tip-based FEDs will cost $1.3/inch2, and plasma and OLEDs will cost $1/inch2. Using the same model, PFE comes up with a cost of $0.5-$0.6/inch2. So, the PFE solution should be a third of the price of LCDs and half the lowest predicted for PDPs (see graph).
Taylor says that a printable FED at 32 inch would cost about $400 to make and would sell for around $1200; a 42 inch device would cost about $550 and sell for $1500-1800 in the shops.
PFE's latest prototype (see photograph) is being tested following the installation of a state-of-the-art etcher that provides greater process control. Full video-rate pictures without motion artefacts are now routinely being shown, says the company. Picture quality will also be further enhanced in the near future as two major technological enhancements are incorporated. Electronic compensation will be used to improve the uniformity from pixel to pixel, and a resistive ballast layer will enhance uniformity within each pixel.