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Trinitron

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Trinitron is Sony's brand name for its line of aperture grille cathode ray tube televisions and computer monitors. Sony long held the patent for the design; it has now lapsed. So "trinitron" is sometimes used as a term for the type of monitor in general, and most other companies making aperture grille monitors use a brand name ending in "-tron". These manufacturers are now free to use the trinitron design for their own products without requiring a licence.

Over time, Trinitron computer monitors have also been sold by Apple Computer, Dell, Digital Equipment Corporation, Sun Microsystems, and others. Branding aside, the monitors often appear identical to the Sony equivalents, and some still bear the "Trinitron" logo. Gateway 2000 (now Gateway) sold Trinitron monitors that were re-branded as "Vivitron" monitors with a different bezel design than Sony's.

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