In California, we have the Silicon Valley. In flattering imitation, Samsung has its Crystal Valley located in Tanjeong, roughly 50 miles south of Seoul. If the world had a center of LCD manufacturing, this would be it. Yet, as you can see, just eight years ago, there was nothing here but cleared land and a couple of initial dormitory buildings.
By 2007, four LCD fab lines were up and running. Each of these lines produces a specific generation of “mother glass,” the sheets from which smaller display panels are cut. Samsung notes these as “L” fab lines, which generally correspond to the same generation number. The most current line is L8.