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Planar Systems, Inc. is a digital display manufacturing corporation based out of Beaverton, Oregon. Planar was founded in 1983 by Jim Hurd, Chris King and John Laney. It was the first U.S. manufacturer of electroluminescent (EL) displays. Planar also makes medical displays and CRT and LCD monitors. It had a manufacturing plant of their EL displays in Hillsboro, Oregon, but it was closed in 2002. Their EL manufacturing was consolidated into Planar's Finland facility.


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Planar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (291 words)
A graph is called planar if it can be drawn in the plane without any edge intersections; see planar graph.
Planar graphics were used a lot in the 80s and early 90s because displays tended to only be able to show fewer than 256 colours.
Planar graphics are also easier to scroll than chunky graphics in hardware, which is why systems like the Commodore Amiga were able to move large playfields around with little effort.
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