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LCD Juggernaut: Tom's Hardware Looks Into Samsung's Seoul
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L1
G2
370X470
L2
G3
550X650
L3
G3.5
600X720
L4
G4
730X920
L5
G5
1100x1250
L6
G5
1100x1300
L7 (L7-1$L7-2)
G7
1870x2200
L8 (L8-1-1&L8-1-2&L8-2-1)
G8
2160x2400


Just as chip manufacturers race for superior speed, LCD manufacturers race for superior size. The Samsung Corning Precision Materials (SCP) facilities, located right across the way from the L8-2 fab, is one of the top glass substrate manufacturers in the world, and the weight of supplying ever larger mother glass sheets at high yield levels falls on this group’s shoulders.

Why is this so important? Because the world wants bigger and bigger panels. As you can see in this iSuppli data, the days of sub-20" TVs and sub-17" monitors are about over. Market growth going forward clearly swings toward the larger sizes, and if the object of the cost game is to cut as many panels as possible from one pane of mother glass, then that better be one big mother in order to keep per-panel costs low.

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    p1n3apqlexpr3ss , July 19, 2010 8:03 AM
    Wow... south korea from nothing to one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world some could argue in just over 50 years, with plants like these and also with the fastest broadband connections...

    Nice article as usual as well, pity bout the actual manufacturing floor and filming stuff though :( 
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    dragonfang18 , July 19, 2010 6:36 AM
    Makes me wish to see Korea!
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    p1n3apqlexpr3ss , July 19, 2010 8:03 AM
    Wow... south korea from nothing to one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world some could argue in just over 50 years, with plants like these and also with the fastest broadband connections...

    Nice article as usual as well, pity bout the actual manufacturing floor and filming stuff though :( 
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    one-shot , July 19, 2010 8:06 AM
    Wow.....

    It's amazing what goes into a factory of this enormous scale.

    Did anyone notice the garage doors in the side of the Fabs in the larger pics? It looked like garage doors in the sides several stories up. Good thing this isn't a Foxconn factory.
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    rohitbaran , July 19, 2010 8:24 AM
    Picture 6 shows how fast Koreans can develop a region. Magnificent facility. I admire their dedication as much as I can perceive from this virtual tour.
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    rohitbaran , July 19, 2010 8:27 AM
    So, Sony working with Samsung (7th picture)! Well, maybe it would be useless to compare LCDs then!
  • 0 Hide
    rohitbaran , July 19, 2010 8:34 AM
    I want one of those 240Hz. refreshing screens!
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    amnotanoobie , July 19, 2010 8:45 AM
    rohitbaranSo, Sony working with Samsung (7th picture)! Well, maybe it would be useless to compare LCDs then!


    It's not unusual for them to outsource some of their production to the largest producer of LCD's. Probably though, some of their higher-end or newer models may still be made by Sony itself.
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    rohitbaran , July 19, 2010 8:47 AM
    Quote:
    I recall passing one normally illuminated area in which test patterns were examined by lines of technical staff, with the control systems running Windows XP.

    Ha ha. Proves something about XPs popularity, an OS that refuses to die despite its creator's sincere efforts.
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    rohitbaran , July 19, 2010 8:50 AM
    BTW, the title of the article should have been "LCD Juggernaut: Tom's Hardware Looks Into Samsung's S(e)oul"
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    cmartin011 , July 19, 2010 10:00 AM
    I know who to invest my money in!
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    eddieroolz , July 19, 2010 10:03 AM
    Excellent photo article. Was very informative.
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    warezme , July 19, 2010 1:18 PM
    Unfortunately, $30 a month is their monthly salary...
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    krynn73 , July 19, 2010 2:00 PM
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    Unfortunately, $30 a month is their monthly salary...

    At least they are contributing positively to their economy unlike your lazy ass...
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    eklipz330 , July 19, 2010 2:20 PM
    "WHAT IS LCD?" -N. Korea
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    Pei-chen , July 19, 2010 2:24 PM
    Put more than one picture per page and increase the resolution too. It is really that hard to follow Anandtech and Engadget in adapting a new format for the new century? It is 2010 already.
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    7amood , July 19, 2010 2:59 PM
    one word: marvelous
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    zodiacfml , July 19, 2010 3:03 PM
    I agree. Why not bigger resolution images in this site that is also easy to navigate, like an image that blows up once clicked?

    Anyways, I read everything and slowly going through each page. Nice trip! Hope to see more from Samsung. (they're now making mirrorless digital cameras too)
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    hixbot , July 19, 2010 3:18 PM
    warezme, you have no idea what you are talking about. South Korea is a booming democratic capitalist society. I assure you, they are paid a competitive wage.
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    mindless728 , July 19, 2010 3:33 PM
    and i am pretty sure that $30 a month is to pay for living in Samsung's dorms, not their wages per month
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