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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INCREASES FUNDING FOR ZENITH MILITARY DISPLAY EFFORT

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INCREASES FUNDING FOR ZENITH MILITARY DISPLAY EFFORT
 GLENVIEW, Ill., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to award Zenith Electronics Corp. (NYSE: ZE) $5 million to support research on high-resolution displays for advanced military applications.
 Zenith announced today that it has signed a contract with DARPA for further development and pilot production of larger-screen versions of the unique "flat tension mask" (FTM) high-resolution display, the world's only color picture tube with a perfectly flat faceplate. An initial $2 million has been awarded for 1992 with most of the remaining $3 million expected to be awarded in 1993.
 Jerry K. Pearlman, Zenith chairman and president, said, "DARPA's plans to increase its funding for our development effort underscore the significance of our world-leading display technology and its potential to provide huge improvements in display cost, performance and availability."
 The part of the program that DARPA plans to co-fund -- further development of unique FTM manufacturing technologies and integration of new equipment into pilot production facilities for 22-inch FTM displays -- "represents a critical part of Zenith's multimillion-dollar display development effort," Pearlman said.
 He said the inherent properties of the FTM display (ruggedness, high-brightness and high-resolution, and a perfectly flat, virtually glare-free faceplate) make it ideal for an array of government uses. Applications include Command and Control and other military uses, as well as any workstation requiring a highly ergonomic dual-page high- resolution display.
 In 1990, DARPA committed $1.25 million to help fund Zenith's major research for initial development of revolutionary new production processes for larger-screen FTM displays for advanced military applications. (The state of Illinois also funded $1 million for new production process developments.)
 Zenith said in its latest proposal to DARPA: "FTM displays offer the Department of Defense an excellent opportunity to capitalize on American technology with world-class performance and cost.
 "For the government to have access to production quantities of advanced FTM displays, the manufacturing process breakthroughs that DARPA has supported will have to move rapidly from the laboratory to the production floor," the proposal stated.
 "Successful implementation of volume production for military applications will require further development of and major investments in production equipment and tooling."
 Upon successful completion of the 1992-funded program with DARPA, Zenith plans to deliver sample quantities of 22-inch military displays in late 1992. Zenith has begun shipping commercial versions of new higher-resolution 15-inch and 17-inch FTM monitors.
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