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cold cathode

[′kōld ′kath‚ōd]
(electronics)
A cathode whose operation does not depend on its temperature being above the ambient temperature.

cold cathode

A cathode in a gas-filled electron tube that is not heated by a filament in order to excite the electrons and cause current flow. The voltage potential within the tube is sufficient to ionize the gas in the tube and cause current flow. For example, the backlights in many flat panel LCD screens are cold cathode fluorescent tubes (see CCFL). See cathode.
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Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation announced that global parent Kyocera Corporation has released a new line of liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) that feature a unique light-emitting diode (LED) backlighting system instead of conventional cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs).
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Designed for the non-technical users who are likely to be most attracted by the price, the FBII specifications and features include a no-tools-needed installation, a true optical resolution of 300 x 600 dpi (with interpolation to 4800 x 4800 dpi), a cold-cathode scanning lamp, single-pass operation, an "action button" on the scanner body, native support for EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port) and a compact footprint.
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