Samsung Display will stop producing LCD screens by the end of the year. The screen manufacturer currently operates two LCD screen production lines in South Korea and two in China, according to Reuters. Samsung tells The edge that the decision will accelerate the company’s transition to quantum dot displays, ZDNet reports that its future quantum dot TVs will use OLED rather than LCD screens.
The move comes at a time when prices for LCD panels are expected to fall worldwide. Last year, Nikkei reported that Chinese competitors are accelerating the production of LCD screens, while demand for televisions is weakening worldwide. Samsung Display is not the only manufacturer to have closed LCD production lines. LG Display announced that it would LCD production stops in South Korea also by the end of 2020.
Last October, Samsung Display announced an investment of 13.1 trillion won (about $ 10.7 billion) over five years in quantum dot technology for its upcoming televisions, as it shifts production from LCD screens. However, Samsung’s existing quantum dot or QLED TVs still use LCD screens behind their quantum dot layer. Samsung is also work on the development of self-emitting quantum dot diodes, which would remove the need for a separate layer.
Samsung’s investment in OLED TVs has also been reported by The Elec. The company is no stranger to OLED technology for handheld computers, but it has left the large OLED panel market half a decade ago, allowing rival LG Display to dominate ever since.
Although Samsung Display says it will be able to continue supplying its existing LCD controls until the end of the year, there are questions about what Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest TV maker, will use. in its LCD TVs in the future. Samsung said The edge that he does not expect the shutdown to affect his line of QLED LCD TVs. So in the short term, nothing changes.
An alternative is that Samsung purchases its LCD panels from suppliers like CSOT and AUO, owned by TCL, which already supply panels for Samsung TVs. Last year The Elec reported that Samsung could shut down all of its South Korean LCD production lines and make the difference with panels purchased from Chinese manufacturers like CSOT, in which Samsung Display has invested.
Samsung has also showcased its MicroLED display technology at recent trade shows, which use self-emitting LEDs to produce its pixels. However, in 2019, Samsung predicted that the technology was in two or three years before it was viable for use in a consumer product.