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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 142-95
March 22, 1995

DOD'S ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY SIGNS $29 MILLION COST-SHAREDAGREEMENT

The Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) today signed a $29, 251,936 cost-shared agreement with The Next Generation Electroluminescent Display Consortium, led by Planar America Inc., Beaverton, Ore., to develop material and process technologies for high resolution. The government's share of funding is $14,625,968; $8,025,968 is being awarded at this time. The balance of the agreement is funded by industry. This project is sponsored under the Technology Reinvestment Project (TRP).

Additional consortium members are: Advanced Technology Materials Inc., Danbury, Conn.; Allied Signal Aerospace Inc., Columbia, Md.; the Boeing Company, Seattle, Wash.; CVC Products Inc., Fremont, Calif.; Computing Devices Canada Ltd., Ottawa, Canada; Georgia Technical Research Corporation, Atlanta, Ga.; Hewlett-Packard Company, Palo Alto, Calif.; Honeywell Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.; Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.; Positive Technologies Inc., San Diego, Calif.; and University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif., and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M., are also participating as subcontractors to Planar America.

Electroluminescent displays are widely used in military applications where their ruggedness, wide operating temperature range and viewing angle are required. Over 15,000 thin-film electroluminescent displays are used in military systems such as the MIA2 tank and Trident submarine. Active-matrix electroluminescent displays are used as miniature, head-mounted displays in several DoD programs, including the Army's Combat Vehicle Crew helmet, 21st Century Land Warrior, and Generation II Soldier.

This effort will establish low-cost, flexible, next-generation processes for the manufacturing of thin-film electroluminescent and active-matrix electroluminescent flat-panel displays. In addition, the program will result in advances in display resolution, power efficiency and brightness, expanding the applications where electroluminescent technology can be used.