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LCD Juggernaut: Tom's Hardware Looks Into Samsung's Seoul
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Skipping ahead slightly, I want to show you what these mother glass sheets have looked like over time. As a rule, Samsung says that the longest dimension of one mother glass generation should be the shortest dimension of the next. For example, an L7 pane measures 1870 x 2200 mm, or 74 x 86.6 inches. Moving to L8, that long edge now becomes the short edge, as L8 measures 2200 x 2500 mm, or 86.6 x 98.4 inches.

Samsung allegedly never allows people to touch its mother glass samples, but Jenny was allowed to grant us a rare exception. I pinched the L8 sheet, which is only 0.7 mm thick, between my thumb and forefinger and gave the pane a slight wiggle. The sensation was similar to handling a sheet of paper laminated in plastic. The glass is so unbelievably thin that it just flexes and wiggles, easily warping and bouncing back when you let go. I instinctively withdrew my hand quickly, afraid that just a bit more pressure or movement would shatter the substance. After all, glass is supposed to be rigid. I’d never seen anything like this before.

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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.
  • 0 Hide
    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.
  • 1 Hide
    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"
  • 3 Hide
    cmartin011 , July 19, 2010 10:00 AM
    I know who to invest my money in!
  • 2 Hide
    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...
  • 5 Hide
    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...
  • 6 Hide
    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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