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  • Samsung to Rank 1st in Shipments of Big TFT-LCDs: IDC Japan
  • November 18, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. of Korea will rank first in shipments of thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels with a size of 10.4-in. or more in the fourth quarter of 1998, said Hiroyuki Yoshida, a component semiconductor analyst at IDC Japan Ltd.
    Display Technologies Inc. of Japan ranked first and Samsung Electronics placed second in shipments of 10.4-in. or larger TFT-LCD panels in the third quarter of 1998, according to IDC Japan's survey.

    As for the fourth quarter, Samsung Electronics is rapidly increasing its shipments and the two companies will likely reverse their rankings, Yoshida said.

    Yoshida noted that the yield of Samsung's production line using 600mm x 720mm glass substrates has improved. Also, the line can produce six 13.3-in. TFT-LCD panels from each of the large glass substrates. Demand for 13.3-in TFT-LCD panels is increasing.

    (Nikkei Microdevices)

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