Canon, Toshiba Seed Venture For SED Flat TV

The two companies intend to demonstate prototypes at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

Canon and Toshiba will start selling the large-sized flat TVs in 2005, according to a report in a local Japanese newspaper.

The SED display, which is based on field emission, is Canon’s proprietary technology that Canon has been working on since the mid 80s. The company showed a 10-inch prototype panel at SID in 1998. At that time, Canon had been working with Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC) to implement the SED technology into a TV set. JVC eventually pulled out of the venture.