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  • Samsung Electronics Mass Produces 15-In. LCD Panel
  • September 14, 1998 (SEOUL) -- Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. began commercial production of a 15-in. thin-film transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) panel to be used in notebook personal computers.
    The panel weighs 760 grams and has a brightness of 150 candella.

    Samsung Electronics will supply its products to U.S. computer vendors. Initial output of 6,000 units a month is planned. That will grow to 20,000 units by year's end, the company said.

    While most current notebook PCs use a 12.1-in. or 13.3-in. panel, IBM Corp. and Compaq Computer Corp. are planning to produce a 15-in. notebook from October.

    According to Display Search, a U.S.-based LCD market researcher, the market share of 12.1-in. panels dropped to 40 percent in 1998, while that for 13.3-in. and 14.1-in. rose to 41 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

    The 15-in. panel is estimated to represent about 6 percent of the market in 1999.

    (Maeil Business Newspaper, Korea)

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    Updated: Sun Sep 13 09:42:10 1998 PDT