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Joint Venture To Market 3D Displays

San Diego, Calif. — Neurok Optics, a U.S.-based 3D technology developer and marketing company, and Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO), a Taiwan-based TFT-LCD manufacturer, have formed a joint venture to develop and market consumer electronics products for the United States.

The new company, called iZ3D, will be based in San Diego and will develop consumer, commercial and professional visualization applications, the companies said.

“To enhance its leadership in the 3D display market, the newly formed iZ3D combines superior iZ3D technology and marketing capabilities with CMO’s leading manufacturing techniques and worldwide distribution presence,” stated David Chechelashvili, Neurok Optics VP.

The company’s first product will be a 22W-inch LCD monitor capable of displaying 3D images into and out-of-screen when viewed with passive polarized glasses.

The display, which is set to ship in May at a $999 suggested retail, is designed to replace standard 2D monitors while maintaining commercial image quality and display brightness, the companies said.

The technology is said to “create a shock-and-awe-inspiring 3D depth while minimizing eyestrain, spatial disorientation, headache or nausea.”

The unit is powered by any personal computer with a dual output video card. Smart capabilities allow it to be used for regular 2D office tasks as well as 3D viewing.

Resolution is listed as 1,680 by 1,050 pixels, and the viewing angle is said to be 120 degrees. Response time is 5ms, while brightness in 300 nits and the contrast ratio is 800:1.

Inputs include DVI and DVI/VGA.