May 25 Canon Inc (7751.T) said it has decided
to freeze plans to develop flat panel televisions based on the
SED (surface-conduction electron-emitter display) technology
because of difficulty in bringing down production costs, the
Nikkei business daily reported.
The SED's design, which cuts power consumption and sharpens
image quality, is an alternative to LCD and plasma sets, the
But developing a low-cost production technology has been a
major hurdle for commercialization, the daily said.
The electronics products maker began developing SED
technology jointly with Toshiba Corp (6502.T) in 1999, the
The firms established a 50-50 SED development and
production joint venture in 2004 and announced plans to break
into the flat-panel TV market, Nikkei said.
But their effort has been delayed repeatedly as the
development of mass production technology has proved more
difficult than expected, and the partners had to deal with a
patent lawsuit by a U.S. company, the daily said.
Canon has turned the SED joint venture into a wholly owned
unit and has been working toward commercialization, the Nikkei
Although it has put consumer SED TVs on the back burner, it
aims to continue developing commercial SED products, such as
image diagnostic equipment, the business daily said. (Reporting
by Divya Sharma in Bangalore; Editing by Prem Udayabhanu)