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The History of HTPS precision technology

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On Christmas night 1969 a revolutionary wristwatch was unveiled. The Seiko Quartz Astron 35SQ was the world's first quartz watch, a timepiece that was accurate to within 0.2 seconds per day, which, at that time, was considered ultra-accurate.
This groundbreaking quartz watch was developed by Epson, which was at the time known as Suwa Seikosha.
The precision-machining technology that Epson nurtured and refined during the development of this quartz watch was later applied to products such as printers and electronic components. Over time they became what Epson calls its "compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies," technologies that shrink the dimensions of objects, reduce the amount of power required for operation, and incrementally improve precision and accuracy. These technologies are still the strengths that underpin Epson's product development and manufacturing.

In 1977, Epson started to develop active-matrix LCD panels, and in 1982, introduced the "TV Watch." Later on, the direction of development shifted to polysilicon TFT systems, which promised to sweep away picture quality and size issues. In 1984, Epson commercialized world's first pocket-sized color television, the ET-10. Then, in June 1988, putting the unique advantages of polysilicon TFT technology to good use, Epson created the EVF Liquid Crystal Panel Module.
In January 1989, Epson announced the VPJ-700, the first Epson brand projector, in response to the need for large-screen images. This projector was developed using 3 high temperature polysilicon (HTPS) panels. Since then, HTPS has continued to lead the market as the key component of 3LCD projectors. In 2012, Epson shipped its 80 millionth HTPS panel.

The electronic view finder (EVF), on the other hand, did not see the same success as digital cameras shifted from analog to digital. Despite advances in camera features and resolution, several usability issues, such as difficulty focusing due to jagged pixels, have prevented the EVF from fully replacing the optical view finder (OVF).
Thus, using the high-resolution and miniaturization technologies of its HTPS panels, Epson re-entered the EVF market with the 2009 announcement of its "ULTIMICRON" line, which provides the ultimate in both resolution and vividness.

Going forward, Epson will continue to refine its HTPS technology and contribute to its customers' enjoyment of taking and viewing images.


History of Epson HTPS operations

1973 Started volume production of TN mode LCDs / 1977 Started development of active matrix LCDs / 1982 The world's first watch-type TV / 1983 Establishd TFT production line at Head Office / 1984 The world's first portable TV by HTPS / 1988 The world's first LCD EVF module for video camera / 1989 Epson's first 3LCD video projector[VPJ-700] / 1994 The world's first 3LCD data projector [ELP3000] / Started 8 HTPS TFT production line at Suwa-minami / 1999 Released Dream series / 2001 Started 2nd 8 HTPS TFT production line at Suwa-minami / 2002 Total shipments of HTPS TFT modules:10M / 2005 Started 12 HTPS TFT production at Chitose / 2006 Released C2FINE Technology Total shipments of HTPS TFT modules:30M / 2008 Total shipments of HTPS TFT modules:50M / 2009 Released ULTIMICRON series for EVF / 2010 Total shipments of HTPS TFT moodles:70M / 2011 Total shipments of HTPS TFT modules : 70M Released Bright 3D Drive Technology / The world's first digital LCD watch (1973) / The world's first watch-type TV(1982) / The world's first portable TV by HTPS(1984) / The world's first LCD EVF module for video camera (1988), Epson's first 3LCD video projector [VPJ-700](1989) / The world's first 3LCD data projector [ELP3000](1994) / ULTIMICRON series for EVF (2009) / Epson's first 3D projector (2011) / Bright 3D Drive Series (2011)


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