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Hynix Semiconductor is offering to sell its TFT LCD production lines to LG Philips LCD.

According to Digitimes the business is priced at one trillion won ($760 million). The deal would include Hynix's "three 3.5 generation TFT production lines".

Hynix's TFT LCD operation specialises in making 14.1-inch panels for notebooks and 17-inch panels for PC displays. LG Philips LCD is more of a 15-inch panel player according to Digitimes and has 17.5 per cent of the TFT LCD market.

One thing that could scupper the deal, or the value of it, is the current glut and price crash on flat-panel monitors. The average price of them has halved over the past year, according to IDC, and prices look set to continue to fall.

The steepest price erosion for LCDs is in the 15-inch monitor market, where prices dropped around 30 per cent in 2000, according to IDC. During the year they also grabbed around 30 per cent market share. ®

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