18.11.05

18.11.2005: Meldung: ECD Ovonics Announces Contract from USDC to Develop Roll-to-Roll Optical Inspection System for Web Display Substrates

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD Ovonics) (Nasdaq: ENER - News) today announced that it has received a contract totaling approximately $1.3M from the United States Display Consortium (USDC) to develop a high-resolution roll-to-roll optical inspection system for flexible web display substrates. This high-resolution inspection system will be able to detect web and pattern defects, and particulate contamination as small as one micrometer, on flexible web substrates up to 24 inches wide.

ECD Ovonics" Production Technology and Machine-Building Division will provide a precision roll-to-roll web handling and optical positioning system for this program, and will team with Integral Vision, Inc., which will supply the vision optics and data handling software. This contract is part of USDC"s ongoing program to develop a complete tool set for roll-to-roll manufacturing of flexible displays and electronics.

This high-resolution roll-to-roll vision system will provide a key component for high production yields that is currently missing in the flexible electronics industry. This contract capitalizes on ECD Ovonics" proven expertise and experience in roll-to-roll semiconductor and high-tech manufacturing. The award follows an earlier USDC contract to ECD to develop flexible stainless steel substrates for display and electronics manufacturing.

"This contract is part of our current strategy to widen the application of our roll-to-roll high-tech manufacturing technology beyond photovoltaic products to flexible displays, electronics, and OLED electronics applications. Earlier efforts in this direction have successfully developed roll-to-roll deposition, patterning, and lamination machines, and we are anxious to add this new critical component to the roll-to-roll production tool set," said Stanford R. Ovshinsky, ECD Ovonics" president and chief scientist and technologist.

About ECD Ovonics:

ECD Ovonics is the leader in the synthesis of new materials and the development of advanced production technology and innovative products. It has invented, pioneered and developed its proprietary, enabling technologies in the fields of energy and information leading to new products and production processes based on amorphous, disordered and related materials. The Company"s portfolio of alternative energy solutions includes Ovonic thin-film amorphous solar cells, modules, panels and systems for generating solar electric power; Ovonic NiMH batteries; Ovonic hydride storage materials capable of storing hydrogen in the solid state for use as a feedstock for fuel cells or internal combustion engines or as an enhancement or replacement for any type of hydrocarbon fuel; and Ovonic fuel cell technology. ECD Ovonics" proprietary advanced information technologies include Ovonic phase-change electrical memory, Ovonic phase-change optical memory and the Ovonic Threshold Switch. ECD Ovonics designs and builds manufacturing machinery that incorporates its proprietary production processes, maintains ongoing research and development programs to continually improve its products and develops new applications for its technologies. ECD Ovonics holds the basic patents in its fields. More information on ECD Ovonics is available on http://www.ovonic.com .

This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on assumptions which ECD, as of the date of this release, believes to be reasonable and appropriate. ECD cautions, however, that the actual facts and conditions that may exist in the future could vary materially from the assumed facts and conditions upon which such forward-looking statements are based.

Source: Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.
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