New generation of displays to take on LCDs

July 05, 2007 (Reuters) โ€“ A new generation of super-thin, power-sipping displays is making its way to the market, stretching battery lives to new limits and perhaps one day posing a challenge to heavier, energy-gobbling LCDs.


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I never thought Iโ€™d see the day (well, not this soon anyway) that LCDs were described as โ€œclunkyโ€. :eek:


Display technologies better than LCD are already adopted in some of these devices.

by producing sharper video images for smartphones, game consoles and portable media players. But industry watchers say it will be years before a clear winner โ€“ if any โ€“ emerges with the clout to outdo LCDs.

Nothing new really and the very makers of LCD panels also invest on such next-generation technologies while investing far more, literally tens of billions of USDs, on building more efficient LCD panel lines. Sharp, LG.Philips, and Samsung, each of these are competing to build and make more out of 8G, 9G, and/or 10G plants. Sharp seems to be a little ahead of the others at the moment.

Sharp finalizes 10G LCD glass substrate size

[I]Max Wang, Taipei; Esther Lam, DIGITIMES [Thursday 5 July 2007]

Sharp has finalized the glass substrate standard to be used at its planned tenth-generation (10G) LCD plant in Japan, with a larger than originally planned size being scheduled, according to sources at equipment suppliers.

Glass substrates at the 10G plant will be 2,880mm รƒโ€” 3,080mm, whereas the originally planned size was 2,850mm รƒโ€” 3,050mm, the sources revealed. The 10G plant will focus on production of 57- and 65-inch panels, but the glass substrate size could be also cut into 15 42-inch panels, the sources added.

Whether rivals from South Korea and Taiwan will move forward to 10G lines depends largely on Sharpโ€™s 65-inch LCD TV sales, industry players commented. With Samsung Electronics having already noted that it has started assessing substrate sizes for its potential 10G line, some industry watchers believe that when standards for large-size (32- to 70-inch) LCD TVs are settled along with 10G production standards, Samsung is likely to follow suit.

However, some industry players also noted that Samsung maintains some flexibility in its production options. If sales of 65-inch LCD TV panels are not good enough, Samsung may choose to produce large-size panels from other sizes of glass substrate, instead of at a 10G line, they commented.

LG.Philips LCD (LPL), in the meantime, is expected to follow Sharpโ€™s standard on 10G panel production, given that the company now has less power over next-generation panel standardization after Royal Philips reduced its influence at the company.

While 10G plants are still in the early stages, panel makers are also making progress on their eight-generation (8G) production. S-LCD, a joint-venture (JV) between Samsung and Sony, will begin volume production at its 8G line in July on schedule whereas LPLโ€™s 8G production is also slated to begin in 2008.[/I]