Feeds

Sony and Sharp to partner on tenth-gen LCD plant

Super-size panel production

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Electronics giants Sony and Sharp have shaken hands on a deal that’ll see both companies invest in a factory designed to punch out cutting-edge LCD panels.

The pair will form a jointly owned subsidiary which is set to be up and running by the end of the April 2009. The JV will use a Sharp LCD panel production factory, which is currently under construction in Sakai City, Japan, to produce tenth-generation glass substrates.

These substrates, which measure 3 x 2m, are 60 per cent larger than eighth-gen substrates, can be cut up to produce various sizes of LCD panels, such as six 60in displays.

It's all about dealing with the increased cost of LCD panel production driven by the need to produce ever larger substrates to cope not only with bigger TV sizes, but to maximise the efficiency of the production process.

Panels from the factory will be supplied to both companies according to the size of their respective investments, 66 per cent of which will come from Sharp and the remaining 34 per cent from Sony. The factory’s expected to produce about 36,000 panels per month when production begins, but this could later shoot up to 72,000 panels once things get going.

The combined size of the financial investment hasn’t been disclosed, but Sony’s chunk will be in addition to a ¥22bn (£105m/€140m/$205m) investment that it’s already budgeted for OLED panel production over the coming years.

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register
Bentley found in a hedge gets WW2 lump insertion
What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight
You fought hard and you saved and earned. But all of it's going to burn...
Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids
Stylish Googlephones for not-so-deep pockets
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
prev story

Whitepapers

Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.