LCD

Sony warns of $1.15bn year losses: PS3 up, LCD down

Sony warns of $1.15bn year losses: PS3 up, LCD down

Sony has warned of a potential $1.15bn full-year loss, after lackluster TV sales, the strong yen and the continued impact of the Thai floods saw the company post another quarter of losses. Sony saw sales amounting to $20.5m [pdf link], down over 9-percent year-on-year, good for an operating loss of $21m. In total, for Sony shareholders the loss reaches $350m. Sony says it will undergo significant restructuring to attempt to turn around its decline.

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LCD panel firms in South Korea fined a total of $176M

LCD panel firms in South Korea fined a total of $176M

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission have fined ten LCD panel makers operating inside the country a total of $176 million or 195 billion won. The fines were for allegedly holding meetings with the goal of keeping the prices of LCD screens artificially high. This is not the first time the LCD industry has been busted holding meetings over price fixing in the industry.

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Panasonic predicts $5.4bn losses, axes plasma plans

Panasonic predicts $5.4bn losses, axes plasma plans

Panasonic has seen demand for its TVs and smartphones ditch, leading to a 6-percent drop in consolidated sales year-on-year and a 141.9 billion yen ($1.82bn) loss over the last three months. Strong Blu-ray player sales could not offset a slump in interest around Panasonic flat-panel TVs and Sanyo digital cameras and other consumer electronics, according to the company's latest financial results, with full year losses expected to be in the region of $5.4bn. To save money, Panasonic will severely curtail its own flat-panel display production, shuttering some lines and stepping down others, and instead source panels from third-party suppliers.

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Sony eyes an exit from S-LCD joint venture with Samsung

Sony eyes an exit from S-LCD joint venture with Samsung

Sony and Samsung have been operating an LCD joint venture since 2004 called S-LCD. At this point Samsung holds 51% of the joint venture with Sony having 49% of S-LCD. Sony has not been doing well in the TV realm of late with loses in the segment that continue to increase. As a result of the mounting losses, Sony is said to be considering pulling out of the joint venture.

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Corning intros Lotus Glass for higher resolution displays

Corning intros Lotus Glass for higher resolution displays

While we're all familiar with Corning's Gorilla Glass as it's become standard on high-end smartphones, the company recently announced a new display material for LCD and OLED screens called Lotus Glass. This new glass can withstand higher temperatures, offering greater thermal and dimensional stability to allow for attaching high-resolution displays and enabling tighter design rules.

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LG IPS5 Series displays promise super-accurate color

LG IPS5 Series displays promise super-accurate color

LG has launched a new range of LCD display, the IPS5 series, and as the name suggest the four-strong line-up each uses an IPS panel rather than cheaper TN. Available in 21.5- and 23-inch sizes, all supporting Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and 250 cd/m2 brightness, the IPS5 range is pre-calibrated by imaging experts who even include a report on the monitor's tuning in the box.

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Hitachi affordable 720p HD 4.5-inch smartphone display outed

Hitachi affordable 720p HD 4.5-inch smartphone display outed

True HD smartphones could become more common and more affordable in the near future, with Hitachi announcing a new 4.5-inch IPS LCD panel running at 1280 x 720. The amorphous silicon-based TFT promises to be cheaper than existing high-res smartphone panels, which have generally used low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) to bypass issues with the extra wiring necessary for 720p HD and above resolutions. It's a panel fit for Apple, indeed, running at a Retina Display besting 329ppi.

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