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  • IBM, Acer Display Agree on TFT-LCD Technology Transfer
  • March 24, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Acer Display Technology Inc., a subsidiary of the Acer Group, and IBM Corp. announced plans to cooperate in the production of large (13.3-in. and bigger) thin-film transistor-liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCDs).
    Under the plan, IBM will supply production know-how to the Taiwan-based company. Acer Display plans to begin making the product in the second quarter of 1999, to supply local notebook PC and LCD monitor makers.

    The company's plant is in northern Taiwan's Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park.

    Acer Display chairman K.Y. Li said that the company will invest NT$20 billion (US$610 million) in TFT-LCD production over the next two years, with monthly output in the initial phase set at 15,000 units.

    Acer Display is one of seven local companies that plan to enter the TFT-LCD market in 1999.

    Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd., Chi Mei Corp., Unipac Optoelectronics Corp., Walsin Lihwa Corp., Prime View International Co., Ltd. and TECO Optoelectronic Co. have started construction of their plants, and some have begun purchasing production equipment.

    Chunghwa Picture Tube will obtain its production technology through a transfer from Toshiba Corp., while TECO is still seeking a technology transfer partner. The former will start production in the first quarter of next year, to be the first entrant among the seven firms.

    Some manufacturers are concerned over possible excess supply by the seven companies. Li said that the 13.3-in. panels should be immune from the problem, because the product will be in demand from companies that make new models of LCD monitors and notebook PCs.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Mon Mar 23 18:23:58 1998