Title Makers of tiniest televisions think big Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet The Telegraph Media type Duration/Length/Size 1 page Country United Kingdom Date 21/09/04 Description A company that created the world's smallest television set yesterday revealed plans to float on the Alternative Investment Market.
MicroEmissive Displays (MED), which boasts an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for making a 3mm by 4mm TV display, said it intended to raise £17.5m through a flotation next month.
Chief executive Bill Campbell said the company hoped eventually to incorporate its displays into mobile phones, digital cameras and mobile headsets. "When it comes to mobile phones, you've got a mouthpiece and an earpiece - so why not have a headpiece," he said. "Our microdisplays have used advances in light-emitting polymers that are poised to open up a huge new market for low-power and higher-image quality screens in a vast range of portable consumer electronics products."
The company was set up by Ian Underwood and Jeff Wright, working as research scientists at Edinburgh and Napier Universities respectively, who devised a way of creating minute displays with high resolutions which consume less power than conventional liquid crystal displays.
MED's displays are unique in that they are mounted directly on silicon chips, making them cheaper and more efficient than most rivals.
After the flotation, which is being managed by Bell Lawrie White, the company is expected to achieve a market capitalisation of around £35.5m.
Producer/Author Edmund Conway Persons Ian Underwood