15.6-inch and 16-inch notebooks to become the new trend?

Posted on Friday, Sep 28 2007 @ 10:48 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Taiwanese LCD panel makers claim we can expect a bunch of new notebooks with 15.6" and 16" widescreen LCD displays in 2008.
Panel makers are shifting their notebook application production to fifth-generation (4.5G) plants from 4G or 4.5G plants amid strong demand from small- to medium-size LCD panels. As the efficiency for cutting a 15.4-inch notebook from a 5G glass substrate is only 80% (fifteen pieces) panel makers are now eying 15.6-inch notebook panels, which can generate eighteen pieces from a 5G glass substrate, increasing efficiency to more than 90%, noted the sources.

Although downstream notebook makers indicated that quotes for 15.6-inch panels should be lower than those for 15.4-inch, ASP (average selling prices) for 15.6-inch and 15.4-inch notebook panels are expected to stay close, noted the panel makers.

Samsung currently ships 16-inch notebook LCD panels, said the sources.

While panel makers are developing 15.6-inch panels, downstream vendors are also preparing new products in line with the panel makers' moves. The sources added that Asustek Computer is planning the launch of 15.6-inch notebooks while Acer will introduce both 15.6-inch and 16-inch notebooks in the market. Hewlett-Packard (HP) will also push 16-inch notebooks in the market initially.
However, the marketshare of 15.6" notebooks is expected to be only 3-4% in 2008.


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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