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TV price fixing in Europe: companies hit with AU$1.8bn fine

LG, Panasonic, Samsung and more have found themselves in hot water over cathode ray tube price fixing for TVs and monitors.

By December 5, 2012


Startup Envia battery promises to slash EV costs

With a new type of battery cathode, Envia says its lithium ion batteries can extend the range of electric vehicles and lower the costs. Investor GM is already testing them.

By February 26, 2012


Vu1 readies efficient lightbulb Edison would love

Vu1 has another idea for efficient lighting: Based on cathode ray technology, its UL-certified lightbulbs put out similar light to incandescents but use less energy and don't contain mercury.

By October 8, 2010


LG's spunky retro TV has rabbit ears, volume knob

The glossy orange 14-inch set doesn't just look it belongs in a living room on "That '70s Show"; it uses trusty old cathode ray tube technology.

By January 26, 2010


Flat panels to outpace CRTs in 2004

For the first time, global shipments of liquid crystal displays this year will surpass those of cathode ray tube units, as LCD prices drop into a comfort zone for mainstream PC users.

February 19, 2004


Memorex nods to the mods

The company jumps into the PC modification market with accessories such as silver cables, glowing fans and cathode tubes that illuminate a PC's insides.

By October 21, 2003


Philips chips to flip TV displays

The semiconductor division of Royal Philips Electronics hopes to help consumer electronics makers make the move from cathode-ray tube to liquid-crystal display TVs with new chips.

By August 27, 2003


Flat-panel monitors to take market lead

Flat-panel monitors for desktop computers are expected to surpass traditional cathode-ray tube monitors in revenue this year, a sea change for the display industry.

By March 12, 2003


Samsung introduces new monitors

Samsung announced a trio of new PC monitors Monday. The SyncMaster 152T is a flat-panel TFT model with a 15-inch screen; it supports both digital and analog signals. The monitor is priced at $549. The new SyncMaster 763mb and 765mb are CRT (cathode-ray tube) monitors with 17-inch screens and three brightness modes optimized for text editing and other basic PC tasks, Internet browsing, and viewing games and TV programs. The 763mb sells for $229, and the higher-resolution 765mb goes for $249.

By April 22, 2002


E-waste bills move ahead in California

In California on Monday, two bills targeting obsolete CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors were approved by the state Senate's Committee on Environmental Quality. One, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Byron Sher, would require retailers to collect a yet-to-be-determined fee for every CRT sold. The other, written by Sher and Sen. Gloria Romero, also a Democrat, would establish a state program for recovery, reuse and recycling of CRT devices, using money collected via the first bill. The state appropriations committee will hear the bills in May. Romero's bill originally was broader and would have required manufacturers to label not only monitors but also handhelds and PCs as hazardous, because of their use of lead, mercury and other substances; it would also require manufacturers to set up a system for recovering the devices at the end of their useful life or to pay a fee to the state. As governments, environmentalists and manufacturers work to devise systems to handle this "e-waste," a major point of contention is the question of who pays for the cleanup.

April 23, 2002