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If you didn't watch the Super Bowl on a flat panel TV, but have been eyeing them up at your local Circuit City, here's a little something to think about. Certain circles are talking about a breakthrough technology in flat panel TVs from Motorola.

The company is said to have unveiled a working flat screen prototype display using carbon nanotubes—albeit one just five inches wide. The technology uses standard color TV phosphors, has a response time equaling CRTs and comes in a package just an eighth-of-an-inch thick. Basically, the gist is that it could eventually bring us 40-inch flat panel HDTVs for about $400, though it all rests on whether carbon nanotubes can be mass produced. And that, of course, is the tough part.


Nanotube based flat screens [Nanodot]