October 31, 2005 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Successfully Concludes Pilot Test of Line 7-2

Tangjeong , Korea – October 31 , 2005 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world's largest provider of thin film transistor liquid crystal display ( TFT -LCD) panels , announced today that it has successfully concluded the pilot test of its newest LCD production line, Line 7-2.
Equipment installation at the new 7 th -generation (Gen 7) fabrication plant began in early August and pilot testing of the equipment and assembly processes took just under three months.
Samsung's second Gen 7 line will replicate the equipment and processes now being used at the S-LCD Line 7-1, a joint venture between Samsung and Sony.
By committing to the 1870x2200 mm substrate size at both Line 7-1 and 7-2 , Samsung has moved aggressively to standardize TV panel sizes at 40-inch and 46-inch within the industry. From a single substrate, eight 40-inch panels or six 46-inch panels can be produced with extremely high glass efficiency.
The new Gen 7 fab, which will produce 90,000 1870x2200 mm substrates per month when fully operational, is being built with an investment of KRW 4.1317. It is a state-of-the art facility that utilizes Samsung's advanced, four mask (silicon-etching), array process.
First-phase production of Line 7-2 will begin in April 2006. Second-phase production commences in the second-half of 2006.
The Line 7-1 produces 60 thousand substrates per month. With the additional 90,000 substrates from Line 7-2, Samsung will produce the industry's highest volume capacity of large-size LCD TV panels at 150,000 substrates per month, or the equivalent of 1.2 million 40-inch panels monthly.
Samsung Electronics, which recorded double-digit operating profit margins (11%) in 3Q 2005, has been the number one producer of TFT-LCDs since 2002, on a revenue basis.



Samsung’s 7G TFT-LCD Lines






Line

Investment (Won)

Substrate Size

Capacity per Month

Start Date





7-1

3.100 trillion

1,870 x 2,200 mm

60 thousand

April 2005














7-2

Full Operation

4.1317 trillion


90 thousand

2006














Phase 1

2.3676 trillion


45 thousand

April 2006














Phase 2

1.7641 trillion


45 thousand

2H 2006


















Samsung LCD Production Lines






Line

Substrate Size

Major Products





L1

370 x 470 mm



2” to 7” panels for mobile phones, PDAs





L2

550 x 650 mm

Mid-size panels, notebook PC panels





L3

600 x 720 mm

14.1” notebook PC panels





L4

730 x 920 mm

15” and 17” panels for notebook PC and monitors





L5

1100 x 1250 mm

17” and 19” panels for monitors





L6

1100 x 1300 mm

Panels for monitors and TVs





L7

1870 x 2200 mm

40” and 46” panels for TVs









About Samsung

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion. Employing approximately 113, 6 00 people in over 90 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.


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