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No. 348, September 1998

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Japanese Companies in the US


ELECTRIC MACHINERY

LightCaster microdisplay panels, developed and made by DISPLAYTECH, INC., will be available next year through exclusive distributor NISSHO ELECTRONICS CORP. According to the Longmont, Colorado company, the innovative ferroelectric liquid crystal display panels produce images of unmatched clarity, color and intensity. They also are lightweight and inexpensive to manufacture, which makes them suitable for everything from cellular phones with integrated video to digital cameras to PC monitors and large-screen television sets. Given these characteristics, Nissho Electronics expects consumer electronics manufacturers to buy $3.4 million-plus worth of LightCaster products in the first year of marketing.

Many smaller American companies manage to build a strong position in Japan with little notice outside their field. A case in point is EUPHONIX INC., a maker of digital audio production products for music, film and TV postproduction, broadcast, sound reinforcement and multimedia applications. The Palo Alto, California company's subsidiary recently installed its 50th CS console for an unnamed buyer. Its customers include major record labels and movie studios as well as other firms involved in the professional audio business.

An exchange rate of ¥145=$1.00 was used in this report.
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