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LPL Substrate reference chart. Generally, each generation LCD contains approximately 80% more surface area than the generation before
The LCD equivalent of a format war is in the works

Competition between Samsung LCD and LG.Philips LCD (LPL) has never been stronger: both companies just officially declared differing next generation LCD standards.  Since LCD substrate factories are so expensive to manufacturer (usually in excess of a billion dollars), all manufacturers of LCDs typically abide by "generation" standards so that component supplies do not need to constantly change.  For example, Samsung, LG.Philips LCD and AUO 7G facilities all produce glass substrates with dimensions of 1950x2250mm.  All 6G facilities produce glass with dimensions of 1850x1500mm.

DisplayBank reports that LG.Philips LCD has declared the 8G standard to be 2160x2400mm -- the resulting substrate can be cut into exactly eight 47" LCD screens or exactly six 52" screens.  Samsung LCD has declared the official 8G standard to be 2160x2460mm, which can be cut into eight 46" LCDs or six 52" screens. 

The rift in standards agreement ultimately will hurt consumers as component manufacturers will have to manufacturer components that will work for the 47" and 46" format sizes -- or chose to support only a single format size.  Ultimately, this will lead to component cost increases.  Typically, the LG.Philips LCD has been the first to market, and thus all other LCD substrate standards were based off panel sizes set by LPL. 



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Lordy
By Anemone on 3/3/2006 5:18:35 AM , Rating: 2
Ok if cost is going to be nearly equivalent what person wouldn't want the larger 46" screen? Of course in heavy volume the difference in cost will be minute.

Like Samsung's proposal much better. Of course the cost of equipment factors in, but my vote still stands :)




RE: Lordy
By Araemo on 3/3/2006 8:02:04 AM , Rating: 3
The issue is, that since the two biggest manufacturers will be buying different size sheets of glass, the glass manufacturers will not be able to hit the same economies of scale for a given part, driving the price of both the 45" and 46" LCDs up.

Same thing w/ the silicon manufacturers to provide the silicon substrate, etc...


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