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Toshiba Corp. said Tuesday it has developed what it claims is the world’s first large flexible liquid crystal display, paving the way for showing images on curved screens and foldable LCDs.

The new display, less than 0.4 mm thick, is a full color, 8.4-inch, low-temperature polysilicon active-matrix thin-film transistor LCD, Toshiba said.

The display can be bent in all directions, and shaped into a curve with a radius of curvature as large as 20 cm, it said.

Toshiba said it plans to start commercial production of the new display as early as 2004.

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