Samsung Show will cease producing LCD panels by the top of the yr. The show maker at the moment runs two LCD manufacturing strains in South Korea and two in China, according to Reuters. Samsung tells The Verge that the choice will speed up the corporate’s transfer in direction of quantum dot shows, whereas ZDNet reports that its future quantum dot TVs will use OLED slightly than LCD panels.
The choice comes as LCD panel costs are mentioned to be falling worldwide. Final yr, Nikkei reported that Chinese language rivals are ramping up manufacturing of LCD screens, whilst demand for TVs weakens globally. Samsung Show isn’t the one producer to have closed down LCD manufacturing strains. LG Show introduced it will be ending LCD production in South Korea by the top of the 2020 as properly.
Last October Samsung Display announced a five-year 13.1 trillion gained (round $10.7 billion) funding in quantum dot expertise for its upcoming TVs, because it shifts manufacturing away from LCDs. Nevertheless, Samsung’s current quantum dot or QLED TVs nonetheless use LCD panels behind their quantum dot layer. Samsung can be working on developing self-emissive quantum-dot diodes, which might take away the necessity for a separate layer.
Samsung’s funding in OLED TVs has additionally been reported by The Elec. The corporate is not any stranger to OLED expertise for handhelds, nevertheless it exited the massive OLED panel market half a decade ago, permitting rival LG Show to dominate ever since.
Though Samsung Show says that it will likely be in a position to proceed supplying its current LCD orders via the top of the yr, there are questions on what Samsung Electronics, the biggest TV producer on this planet, will use in its LCD TVs going ahead. Samsung instructed The Verge that it doesn’t anticipate the shutdown to have an effect on its LCD-based QLED TV lineup. So for the near-term, nothing adjustments.
One different is that Samsung buys its LCD panels from suppliers like TCL-owned CSOT and AUO, which already provide panels for Samsung TVs. Final yr The Elec reported that Samsung might shut all its South Korean LCD manufacturing strains, and make up the distinction with panels purchased from Chinese language producers like CSOT, which Samsung Show has invested in.
Samsung has additionally been displaying off its MicroLED show expertise at latest commerce exhibits, which makes use of self-emissive LED diodes to supply its pixels. Nevertheless, in 2019 Samsung predicted that the expertise was two or three years away from being viable to be used in a client product.