Taiwan's Investment Commission announced that it would lift the ban on investments of small-size (4" and smaller) panel cell processes for Taiwan-based display companies. Following that announcement, Toppoly applied to invest in Philips Electronics LCD module plant in China. Most expect Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to approve of the application. Source: DigiTimes
Small-medium display R&D is accelerating as display manufacturers scramble to find ways to increase profit margins and lower costs. Because many display companies entered the small-medium display market at around the same time, competition has been intense and prices have tanked. Older fully-depreciated G1-G3 fabs are now being employed to produce millions of mobile phone displays and PMP displays such as Sony PSP's 4" wide TFT LCD. Most of the R&D is allocated toward OLED development, Active Matrix OLED (AMOLED), Low-Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS) and other advanced technologies.