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Samsung Display is getting out of the LCD business



Samsung Show will cease producing LCD panels by the top of the 12 months. The show maker at present runs two LCD manufacturing strains in South Korea and two in China, according to Reuters. Samsung tells The Verge that the choice will speed up the corporate’s transfer in the direction of quantum dot shows, whereas ZDNet reports that its future quantum dot TVs will use OLED somewhat than LCD panels.

The choice comes as LCD panel costs are stated to be falling worldwide. Final 12 months, Nikkei reported that Chinese language rivals are ramping up manufacturing of LCD screens, whilst demand for TVs weakens globally. Samsung Show isn’t the one producer to have closed down LCD manufacturing strains. LG Show introduced it will be ending LCD production in South Korea by the top of the 2020 as nicely.

Last October Samsung Display announced a five-year 13.1 trillion received (round $10.7 billion) funding in quantum dot know-how for its upcoming TVs, because it shifts manufacturing away from LCDs. Nonetheless, Samsung’s present quantum dot or QLED TVs nonetheless use LCD panels behind their quantum dot layer. Samsung can also be working on developing self-emissive quantum-dot diodes, which might take away the necessity for a separate layer.

Samsung’s funding in OLED TVs has additionally been reported by The Elec. The corporate isn’t any stranger to OLED know-how for handhelds, however it exited the big OLED panel market half a decade ago, permitting rival LG Show to dominate ever since.

Though Samsung Show says that will probably be capable of proceed supplying its present LCD orders by way of the top of the 12 months, there are questions on what Samsung Electronics, the biggest TV producer on the earth, will use in its LCD TVs going ahead. Samsung informed The Verge that it doesn’t anticipate the shutdown to have an effect on its LCD-based QLED TV lineup. So for the near-term, nothing modifications.

One different is that Samsung buys its LCD panels from suppliers like TCL-owned CSOT and AUO, which already provide panels for Samsung TVs. Final 12 months The Elec reported that Samsung may shut all its South Korean LCD manufacturing strains, and make up the distinction with panels purchased from Chinese language producers like CSOT, which Samsung Show has invested in.

Samsung has additionally been exhibiting off its MicroLED show know-how at latest commerce exhibits, which makes use of self-emissive LED diodes to supply its pixels. Nonetheless, in 2019 Samsung predicted that the know-how was two or three years away from being viable to be used in a shopper product.

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