Just because they don't have a shiny new 8G plant
yet isn't stopping CMO from getting in on the 52-inch 1080p LCD battle. HDTVs from Sharp
are already on sale or coming soon, and Chi Mei Optoelectronics, plans to join them in the first quarter of 2007. While you may not know the name, their panels are in many HDTVs you do know like Westinghouse and Toshiba. They'll be showing their 52-inch LCD next month at FPD International 2006 in Japan, and plan to upgrade production to 180,000 glass substrates by December. Their current 5.5G plant can only get two 52-inch LCDs from each substrate however, while the newer plants produce six at a time. Either way, next year will have a lot of players competing in the 40 to 50-inch LCD space driving prices down, we see what they've been able to do at the 47-inch tier
. It's not all good news though, CMO may be having trouble mass producing the 56-inch 3,840×2,160 resolution
LCD they showed off last year
. With four times as many pixels as current 1080p screens
, they promise all new debates over how much resolution is actually necessary...whenever the technology is actually released.