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| [LCD/PDP International '98] Sharp Executive Speaks on Future Role of LCD Industry
October 29, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Isamu Washizuka, senior executive vice president
of Sharp Corp., discussed the role of the LCD industry and product images
in the 21st century in his keynote speech at the Liquid Crystal Display
Seminar '98, which is being held concurrently with "LCD/PDP
International '98" at the Makuhari Messe from Oct. 28 through Oct.
|Washizuka noted that 1998 marks the 25th year since LCD
panels were first used for portable calculators, and that in the 21st
century more widespread usage of LCD products will be seen.
Nearly all LCD makers are concentrating their production of LCD panels
on notebook PCs, resulting in price declines for LCD panels, he said.
For this reason, LCD panel makers have been forced to reduce their capital
However, at the same time a new market is developing for LCD monitors,
and demand in that segment is expanding rapidly. For this reason, a
serious shortage of LCD panels is emerging.
Washizuka said that the industry must build product lines with a high
level of cost competitiveness, and it must broaden product applications.
Development of LCD panels based on these approaches is needed.
LCD manufacturers need to develop and manufacture thin-type and lighter-weight
products and take further steps by identifying and proposing new product
Also, to strengthen their cost competitiveness, producers must accelerate
the throughput of manufacturing equipment.
Washizuka said that moving toward the 21st century, products with LCDs
will be increasingly popular, they will emphasize ease of use, and they
will be environmentally friendly by conserving energy.
As for specific products, Washizuka pointed to LCD TV sets, electronic
books and personal digital navigators (PDNs).
An LCD TV can readily move from a desk in a study to a living room, and
serves a key role as an information interface device. An electronic
book will serve as a symbol for replacement of paper, Washizuka noted.
PDNs will comprise mobile terminals that can send and receive voice,
data and images by making full use of networks.
Washizuka estimates that by 2003, the PDN market could grow into a giant
market with a cumulative total of 800 million units.
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