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Sharp breaks ground on new LCD plant

Posted: 05 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flat panel display?

Japan's Sharp Corp. has begun construction on its new 8th-generation, flat-panel display plant in Kameyama. Originally announced in January the plant is expected to begin operations in October of 2006, according to Sharp.

The fab will produce 8G glass substrates measuring 2160mm-by-2400mm, the industry's largest substrate at present. With about a 150 billion yen (about $1.4 billion) investment, the fab will have the initial capacity of 15,000 substrates. One substrate can be cut into eight 40-inch panels or six 50-inch panels.

The Kameyama fab is located in the Mie Prefecture. Occupying a space of 350mm-by-240mm, the fab features a structure designed to withstand an earthquake with a seismic intensity of 7.0, according to Sharp.

Sharp said the structure includes dampers, which are embedded into the building to absorb the vibrations from a potential earthquake. The earthquake resistant structure is mandatory for Japan's "precision" facilities, such as semiconductor and LCD fabs.

- Yoshiko Hara

EE Times

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