Planar Systems

Planar Systems

company_name = Planar Systems, Inc.
company_type = Public
company_slogan = When Image Experience Matters.
foundation = 1983
location = Hillsboro, Oregon, USA
key_people = Gerald K. Perkel, President and CEO
num_employees = 590 (2006)
products = Monitors, Display Screen & Projectors
industry = Technology
homepage = []

Planar Systems, Inc. NASDAQ|PLNR is a U.S. digital display manufacturing corporation based in Hillsboro, Oregon. Planar was founded in 1983 by Jim Hurd, Chris King and John Laney as a spin off of the Tektronix display department. It was the first U.S. manufacturer of electroluminescent (EL) computer screen type displays. Planar also makes medical displays and CRT and LCD monitors. It had a manufacturing plant of their EL displays in Hillsboro, but it was closed in 2002. Their EL manufacturing was consolidated into Planar's Finland facility. Planar is the ninth largest manufacturer of flat panel displays in North America. On July 19, 2006, Planar announced its intention to acquire Clarity Visual Systems, which is completed on September 12, 2006.

On May 23, 2007 Planar acquired Runco International, a leading brand in the high-end, custom home theater market.

In the late 80's a division spun off from Planar to work on projection technology, InFocus.

Planar electroluminescent displays are considered the "king" of flat panel displays to the modding scene but are extremely rare.

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