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Digitimes Research: China panel makers advancing production of high-end applications
Jen-Chieh Yang, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei

China panel makers are continuing to move toward production of TFT Oxide displays for use in large-size applications in addition to AMOLED, with Tianma Microelectronics starting to make some of the biggest shifts, according to Digitimes Research's observations at the China 2015 FDP exhibition.

Tianma has traditionally focused on small- to medium-size panel production but is shifting its focus to include Ultra HD (4K) TV panels in addition to various high-end and niche displays for use in the vehicle, medical and industrial segments that are expected to use the technology as the company aims to increase profitability through value-added products.

BOE, China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT) and CEC Panda also are moving toward production of Oxide displays in 2015 and are preparing to expand OLED large-size display production, which Digitimes Research believes will still need time to develop before becoming readily available due to complications with OLED material lifespan and production.

China makers also noted they recognize there may be an oversupply in the large-size TFT LCD segment due to ongoing expansions of 8.5G facilities, and hence are now starting to aim for higher profit, value-added technologies aimed at the high-end panel segment, added Digitimes Research.

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