WASHINGTON -- Samsung Electronics Co. and Toshiba Corp. today confirmed earlier industry reports that the two firms have jointly developed new-generation flat panel display driver ICs for hand-held devices.
The new chips will be used for color passive LCD displays for cellular phones and handheld Internet access units. A third partner, Optrex Inc., will use the drivers in its passive matrix panels sold to OEMs for their hand-held products.
Toshiba will make and market a scanning-line driver IC, designated T6K34, while Samsung will make data-line segment driver chips with dubbed S6B0021/22. Both driver ICs will support 128-by-168-pixel displays with eight-level gray scale in 256 colors.
Samples are expected to be available next month, with volume production to start in September.
Although Japanese-Korean chip partnerships are not common, there have been cooperative ventures in the past. Most notably, Hitachi Ltd. transferred its DRAM technology to the former LG Semicon Co. for joint production -- an arrangement that ended when Hyundai Electronics Industries Co. acquired the LG chip operations. Toshiba also transferred active-matrix LCD technology to Hyundai several years ago and bought back a limited supply of panels made by the Korean firm.