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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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Way to go
By masher2 on 3/3/2006 9:21:32 AM , Rating: 3
Way to manufacturer a meaningless story out of nothing. Congratulations.

Total impact on the end user for slightly lower economies of scale for the raw substrate? About 1/2 of one percent.

RE: Way to go
By littlebitstrouds on 3/3/2006 9:38:01 AM , Rating: 3
If you want general news about stuff that only effects the thechnology world in "huge" porportions don't read a site reporting these small details. Go to a differant site with this posting junk as some of us actually like hearing this stuff.

RE: Way to go
By masher2 on 3/3/2006 10:03:51 AM , Rating: 2
We all like hearing the "small details"-- as long as they're accurately presented. Representing this as a "format war" that will affect the consumer in any meaningful way is trash reporting, plain and simple.

If you want exciting, dramatic stories without regard to factual basis, why not read the Weekly World Report? I hear a dog time traveller is now advising world leaders on future events.

RE: Way to go
By littlebitstrouds on 3/3/2006 11:10:49 AM , Rating: 3
I don't know... in terms of how much "drama" happense in the LCD manufacturing world this is probably a big deal. If you're working for any of these companies this is probably a huge deal. As to representing this as a "format war" it seems like a basic article to me... with a SUBHEADING that might be missleading... the actual heading is pretty much dead on. Thank you for arguing your point via sensationalisms with the Weekly World Report, solid point made.

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