TOKYO 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 8th-generation glass substrates measuring 2160 by 2400 mm, 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 350 by 240 mm, 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.