College of Engineering

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


Spring 1999


Instructor: Prof. Tsu-Jae King (

Lectures: 531 Cory; TuTh 9:30 - 11 AM

Office Hours: 567 Cory (643-9251); Tu 11 AM - 1 PM & We 1 - 2 PM, and by appointment


To provide the student with a basic understanding and appreciation of various flat-panel display technologies.


After an overview of the worldwide display market and market trends, a survey of the dominant and emerging flat-panel display (FPD) technologies will be provided. The basics of human vision and metrics for evaluating display performance will then be covered. The various FPD technologies will then be discussed in detail. Topics to be covered include transmissive and reflective liquid-crystal displays (LCDs), thin-film transistor (TFT) technologies for active-matrix displays, plasma display panels (PDPs), field-emission displays (FEDs), thin-film electroluminescent (TFEL) displays, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, and microdisplays.

Prerequisites: EECS 130 and EECS 143 or equivalent

Reading Materials: Course notes to be distributed in class


Homework will be assigned on a biweekly basis for a total of approximately 6 assignments, covering the material introduced in class and in the reading assignments.

Research Paper/Proposal:

To foster innovation and creative thinking, a major part of the course grade will be based on a research paper or proposal. The objective is to investigate a particular issue for present-day FPD technology in detail and to propose a novel solution (e.g. invent a new display technology). This project can be performed in groups of two. Each group must give an oral presentation and submit a written report. Sample topics as well as more detailed instructions will be provided later in the semester.


The numerical score on which the course grade will be based is derived as follows: