There's nothing flat about the TFT LCD field. Shipments of large flat screens are expected to soar nearly 90% in LCD TVs by 2007. Notebooks will jump by 25% this year. DisplaySearch (www.displaysearch.com) notes that this boom has created a bit of a shortage, which led to an 87% increase in average selling prices during the second quarter of 2003. Overall, DisplaySearch expects large TFT shipments, defined as notebook-size and greater, to rise 42% this year to 97.2 million units. That makes it a shopper of an industry, with $23 million in sales. LG Philips LCD is the largest supplier with 21% of the market, followed by Samsung.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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