Mere days after Samsung announced its AMOLED TV production line would reach economy of scale by 2009, LG have countered with their own timeline for the low-power displays. With ongoing investment into the technology, LG is expecting volume production of a 32-inch OLED TV sometime in 2011. The news comes as the company released details of their latest LCD TV plant in in Paju, Korea, which is expected to begin large-scale production in March 2009.
The new plant will mean LG's production rate will increase and, potentially, costs of LCD panels will fall. It will be producing so-called 8G screens, in a range of sizes: 32-, 47-, 52- and 57-inches. LG are particularly proud of the plant's flexibility; unlike many already in operation in Taiwan, it will be able to produce both large-scale (e.g. 50+ inches) and more entry-level (e.g. 32-inches) panels.
AMOLED (or Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting-Diode) differs from LCD in that each pixel creates its own light, rather than requiring a separate backlight. It also has a broader viewing angle. Individual pixels in an Active-Matrix OLED display have their own on/off transistor, offering faster response times; standard OLED panels use a passive matrix of rows and columns.