When two of the biggest LCD manufacturers (Samsung and LG.Philips) do not reach an agreement for the next G8 LCD size, things start to get ugly.
The war started in March, when Samsung and LG did not agree on the next LCD size. Samsung wanted to go for 2160x2460mm or 47″, and LG wanted to go for 2160x2400mm or 46″.
The rift in standards agreement ultimately will hurt consumers as component manufacturers will have to manufacturer components that will work for the 47″ and 46″ format sizes – or chose to support only a single format size. Ultimately, this will lead to component cost increases.
Two major Taiwanese LCD manufacturers, CMO and AUO will back the LG, also S-LCD (Samsung / Sony LCD) have opted for the LG size. It seems that Samsung option was ignored, so it seems that the next LCD size will be 47″.Currently, Sharp is the only odd man out with plans to build 45″ LCD TVs in its upcoming 8G facility. But they are still talking and no plans for an 8G substrate factory are finalized yet.
This happens when everybody wants to do their way. Let’s hope that a solution will be found soon or the manufacturers will be the ones that will decide what solution will be adopted.