What does two major CE companies plus $1.9 billion get us? Larger, cheap LCDs we hope. Sony and Samsung have recently made an agreement to create a manufacturing plant for 50-inch LCDs. This eight generation plant would hopefully be up and running at full steam by fall of '07. That's 50,000 panels a month if you are curious. This new type of plant would have the ability to make either six 50-inch panels or eight 46-inchers rather then the current max of six 46-inch panels at the older seventh generation plants. If this plant is successful, it would bring in the two companies an extra $2.3 billion in change.

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Sony, Samsung go in together on a 50-inch LCD factory