Samsung today called for a new industry standard for LCD glass sizes at world's largest electronic display industry event, the Society for Information Display (SID) 2005 International Symposium, Seminar and Exhibition.
Sang Wan Lee, Samsung's LCD business president, emphasized the need for LCD glass manufacturers to standardize large-size TV displays globally to 40-, 52- and 57-inch sizes. This will reduce the cost of equipment development and will also lower production costs as well as accelerate the time-to-market for advanced large screen LCD TVs. He said the entire industry should come together to cooperate towards a size standardization.
Mr. Lee also said the industry can expect glass substrate sizes of 2160x2460mm and 2400x2800mm, with the coming of 8G and 9G technology, respectively. Mr. Lee said he believes that the next generation of LCD glass will eclipse the current technology in many ways as LCD TVs become the most widely adopted display technology in the world. "Moving forward, TV products will move beyond their role as broadcasting reception devices and become the center of tomorrow's digital convergence environment, receiving and providing a wide range of multimedia contents and services."
"The market is not something to be passively predicted, but actively created," asserted Mr. Lee. "In order to develop an annual, 100 million-unit LCD TV market by 2010 and firmly establish the next-generation TV as an LCD TV to consumers, the LCD panel industry needs to work together to establish standardized plate and product sizes. The materials, equipment, OEM and distribution industries should continue with their cost-saving efforts as well, to establish a mass market."