DigiTimes: Leading LCD panel makers such as Samsung and LG.Philips LCD are pushing 50-inch class TV panels this year to compete against PDP (plasma display panel) suppliers in the large-size TV market, according to sources.
Samsung plans to introduce two new 52-inch LCD TV panels in the second quarter, the sources said. The panels will feature a contrast ratio of 2,000:1, compared to 1,200:1 before. In the third quarter, the company will also launch 57-inch panels with a response time of 6ms and contrast ratio of 2,000:1, the sources indicated.
Samsung will also unveil 70- and 82-inch panels later in 2007, the sources added. A seventh-generation (7G) substrate can be cut into three 52-inch panels or two 70-inch panels, the sources said.
LG.Philips LCD schedules to roll out its first 52-inch full high-definition (HD) panel in April, panel makers said. The panel will have dynamic contrast ratio of 5,000:1 and response time of 5ms. The Korea-based player has already started shipping 55-inch TV panels in small volumes, the makers added.
Despite the aggressive plans from the LCD panel makers in the large-size TV market, PDP TV will still dominate the 50-inch class flat-panel TV market in the near term thanks to its pricing advantage, the sources explained. The sales volume for 50-inch class LCD TVs will only account for 1% of total LCD TV shipments in 2007, according to DisplaySearch.