Cambridge Display Technology begins operation of US$25 million LEP technology-development center

JANUARY 30--Cambridge Display Technology (CDT; Cambridge, England; www.cdtltd.co.uk), developer of light-emitting-polymer (LEP) technology and owner of the fundamental intellectual property for LEPs, has announced the completion of its new 1750-sq m facility for LEP technology development.

JANUARY 30--Cambridge Display Technology (CDT; Cambridge, England; www.cdtltd.co.uk), developer of light-emitting-polymer (LEP) technology and owner of the fundamental intellectual property for LEPs, has announced the completion of its new 1750-sq m facility for LEP technology development. The US$25 million facility includes a 600-sq m state-of-the-art clean room comprising class 1000 and class 100 areas; it has already fabricated first displays on 350 x 350-mm glass substrates using spin-coating polymer-deposition techniques.

CDT will use the new facility to accelerate the development of light-emitting-polymer materials, as well as development of a full range of commercial manufacturing solutions for current and future licensees and partners. In addition, the facility will eventually produce displays for specialized consumer, medical, industrial, military, and other electronic-product markets.

CDT has installed approximately $18.5 million of capital equipment in the facility, and initial equipment tests have been completed, resulting in first display fabrication. Transfer of CDT's existing intellectual know-how from the current 6-in. research line in Cambridge to the new pilot line has begun, as well as scaling up of manufacturing processes and general operations of the new line.

CDT will install four inkjet printing machines from its recently acquired subsidiary Litrex (Pleasanton, CA) in the second half of 2002, giving it the capability to fabricate high-resolution monochrome and full-color LEP displays at the new facility.

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