The acceptance of electroluminescent (EL) panels into the next few generations of display systems and new display product areas has been gaining momentum for several years. Along with the delivery of this paper there are papers showing that panel and driver assemblies are in production and that the EL technology is ready for a commercial item. The driver technologies available today fill the need for portions of the marketplace, but they fall short of the promise we all have been pursuing. EL has the potential of high resolution, sunlight readable, hand-held, battery-powered and gray-shaded applications. The focus of this paper will be on the panel characteristics from the multiplex drive point of view, the achievements of the present driver system, the problems encountered while implementing the next generation of drivers, and what the future may hold.