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display alliance news 9.26.2010

Nascar Fans To Get World’s Largest TV
A 16,000 square foot, 165,000 pound giant tv, running 720p, will be showcased in Charlotte as Panasonic and Charlotte Motor Speedway team up to launch the behemoth. Image and article sourced from Crunchgear.

Panel makers looking to increase netbook panel prices Amid recently tightening supply for netbook panels, TFT-LCD panel makers are considering increasing prices as they have already dropped to cost levels and panel makers are looking to transfer their capacity to higher profit products such as tablet PC panels. Panel makers noted that prices for 10- and 11.6-inch panels have already dropped to below cost, making them lose money. Hence panel makers now will only produce when they receive orders, and some panel makers would rather lower utilization rates than produce netbook panels. Click to read more..

Hitachi to roll out super thin 1.5mm LCD in 2011 Hitachi has developed a touch panel LCD in time for the huge adoption in the smartphone and tablet market which it boasts is 30 percent thinner than existing models on the market. The touch panel portion of the display is just 0.1mm - down from the standard 0.5mm. It has done this by ditching glass substrate. The overall panel is down to 1.5mm - less than the current 2mm. Hitachi is planning to get these anorexic panels into full production in the second half of 2011. Read more here..

China’s iPhone Demand Outstrips Supply Apple started selling the iPhone 4 in China on Saturday, and it seems like the Chinese launch of the iPhone 4 was another sucess for Apple, with massive crowds outside the Apple retail store in China. According to the Wall Street Journal, the demand for the new iPhone 4 is so high, that China Unicom are unable to meets demand, as they had received over 200,000 preorders for the iPhone 4, and more than 40,000 buyers received their iPhone 4 in China on launch day. Click to read more..

Samsung: in 2009, nobody was interested in OLED displays, now we can't make enough In the beginning of 2010, things started to change as Samsung Electronics started to use AMOLED in their own phones: "Now our sales representatives are apologizing to our buyers for the lack of products to supply". Samsung expects that the new 5.5-Gen plant will begin mass producing in July 2011. The new plant will increase Samsung's AMOLED capacity ten-fold: from 3 million displays a month to 30 million. Click to read more..

HannStar sells 6G CF plant to Sintek With demand for touch panels continuing to increase, HannStar and Sintek are adjusting their capacities in order to give Sintek more capacity for touch panel production. Monthly in-house capacity of CF at HannStar's 5.3G plant was about 90,000 substrates, but the company is installing new equipment at the plant with a goal to add extra capacity of 50,000 CFs per month by the end of the year, making up the volume of supply originally from Sintek. Read more here..

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