Japan Display Inc. (JDI) has started mass production at its new low temperature poly silicon (LTPS) LCD line in its Mobara Plant, located in Mobara City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
The new line is the largest LTPS lines using 6th-generation mother glass. The line will produce high-performance displays for mobile devices.
JDI views its high-resolution display business for smartphones and tablet PCs as a major part of its overall business. Currently, the adoption of 5-inch class full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) high resolution (over 400ppi) displays for high-end smartphones is rapidly increasing. Also, tablet PCs are expected to transition to higher resolution displays. JDI has opened this new production line to meet increasing demand. The new line, using the world's largest mother glass (1500mm x 1850mm) for LTPS technology, will be ramped up to 24,000 sheets per month capacity. The company plans to increase the capacity thereafter, eventually up to 50,000 sheets per month, considering customer demand and business environment. The total capital expenditure for the line is estimated to be approximately 200 billion yen.
The new line, based on LTPS technology which can achieve super-high resolution, will enable the production of advanced displays, such as wide viewing angle IPS and low power consumption WhiteMagic. Furthermore, Pixel Eyes, the ability to integrate touch functionality directly into the sensor arrays of the display panel, will also be available.
In April 2012, JDI acquired the line, which was originally a large-size display amorphous silicon panel production plant for the TV market. JDI has since converted it into a small- and medium-sized display LTPS panel line. It has three-story cleanrooms and the building area is 201,000m2.