We describe the material properties of a fast switching active matrix ferro
electric liquid crystal mode. The mode relies on a monostable monodomain ha
ving a high transmission and full grey scale capability. Experimental data
are compared with the results of switching model calculations and the switc
hing mechanism is discussed. The mode is suitable for video and multimedia
application and compatible with conventional amorphous silicon thin film tr
ansistors due to the small value of the spontaneous polarization.