31 Oct '12, 8pm

How RCA Lost the LCD

RCA also played a crucial role in the emergence of the international liquid crystal industry [PDF]. Around the time that it introduced LCDs to the public, RCA was also negotiating agreements with a number of European and Japanese TV makers that wanted to license its patents related to the manufacture of color cathode ray tubes. As an inducement, RCA executives would offer licenses on some of its new inventions, including the LCD. Licensees frequently visited RCA’s labs, where they would witness demonstrations of the company’s liquid crystal technology. Despite frustration among RCA researchers that others were capitalizing on their ideas, company leaders expressed no concern that such arrangements might foster the emergence of new competitors. By the early 1970s, Japanese corporations were already encroaching on the U.S. radio and television markets. Soon firms like Sharp,...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electronics/audiovideo/...

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