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New displays looking sharp

roundup The promise of so-called flat panel displays has long been one of the computing industry's most eagerly awaited technologies.

roundup The promise of so-called flat panel displays has long been one of the computing industry's most eagerly awaited technologies.

Where desktop CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors are bulky, panel displays weigh less and are significantly thinner. But flat panel products, based on liquid crystal display (LCD) technology, have traditionally been expensive to manufacture and too expensive for consumers.

Recent production advances have lowered costs, however, raising new hope that seems to be confirmed by the presence of flat panel products all over the Comdex floor. Flat panel products will arrive in notebooks later, but there have been improvements in this segment too.

Flat panels bigger, better
Flat-panel monitors from IBM, Samung, and others are sleek, appealing, and pricey--but the latter will change.

Flat panel key to sleek PC design
Major Taiwanese PC manufacturer Mitac is showing a prototype of what could become a future desktop PC design.

Toshiba prototypes notebook screen
Toshiba is showing a flat panel display based on a new LCD display technology that will make notebook screens brighter, lighter, and more reliable.