Korea's Samsung Display will invest up to 13.1 trillion won to set up mass production lines and technology development for large-sized QD displays by 2025, the company said on Oct. 10.
The display maker made the announcement at its Asan 2 Campus, where President Moon Jae-in and Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, among others, were present.
“The display industry is Korea’s manufacturing backbone,” said President Moon. “This, coming on the heels of the 3 trillion won investment into large-sized OLEDs in July by LG Display, appears quite promising.”
Samsung’s Lee said that with the investment, the company hopes to “create more jobs and become a company that can present hope, and not despair, to the younger generation, and to share growth.”
The latest announcement signals that Samsung Display will be officially switching to OLEDs and other next generation technology for even the big-sized displays.
The 13.1 trillion won will mainly be used to set up the Q1, which will be the world’s first QD display mass production line, according to the Korean display maker. Operations are slated for 2021, beginning with QD displays sized 65 inches and larger.
The biggest priority for Samsung will be raising the yield rate of the Q1 lines. “It may take a while to get the TFT perfect, particularly using oxide,” said one industry watcher. LG Display, which began producing large-sized OLED panels in 2013, also had difficulties in TFT technology.
The existing Gen-8 LCD lines will gradually be phased out to adopt QD lines, with an aim to raise production capacity by 2025.
The new Q1 lines will have a monthly production capacity of 30,000 panels of the 8.5 Generation. When the line runs full throttle in 2021, with a yield rate of 85%, the annual capacity for 65-inch panels are likely to reach just under 1 million panels.
When all four LCD lines are replaced by 2025, and when the QD lines are run on full throttle with a yield of 90%, Samsung Display will be capable of producing up to 3.88 million of single-cut panels sized 65 inches. For 75 inches, theoretically, the firm can produce just over 2.59 panels.
At the moment, the company is not thinking of switching the Gen-7 LCD lines.
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