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Sony Licenses 3M Optical Film Technology

Photonics.com
May 2008
3M and Sony Corp. have signed an agreement granting Sony the right to use certain 3M optical film technology in its prismatic films for LCD TV products. Terms were not disclosed. 3M said in a statement, "This license agreement reflects the increased desire by 3M and Sony to work together to provide the overall best solution for the LCD TV panel market." 3M's optical film technology is used to make electronic displays, such as LCD TVs, laptops and cell phones, brighter in varied lighting conditions by optimizing and recycling light.


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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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