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Price of 15-inch LCDs set to soar

Shortage. Units on allocation
Thu Dec 26 2002, 10:17
THERE'S A REPORT in the Economic News of Taiwan today which is set to cast gloom over those contemplating throwing out their cathode ray tubes (CRTs) --- if the binmen will take them during this festive season, that is.

The second biggest TFT-LCD maker on the island of Taiwan, Chin Mei Optoelectronics, is to raise the price of the 15-inch TFT-LCD panels it fabs up starting early in January, the newspaper says today.

There's a supply shortage, apparently, which means that Chin Mei will add an extra $10 a unit to the prices it charges, and other manufacturers are set to follow suit.

That's because the LCD panels are becoming so popular that major firms including South Korean makers Samsung and LG are putting the screens on allocation for the first three months of next year.

Other TFT-LCD manufacturers will follow suit because many of them are investing in 17-inch and 19-inch technology, while unfortunately for you and me, we can't quite afford such lovely lovely items yet.

These panels are also used in notebooks, so something's got to give. We suspect it will be the price of notebook CPUs, early next year.

It never rains but it pours, eh? Mind you, every crowd has a sliver lining.... ยต

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