SEOUL, South Korea LG.Philips LCD Co. is claiming the world's slimmest TFT-LCD panel for mobile phones.
LG.Philips said the panel, measuring 1.3-mm-thick, will enable handset makers to introduce even slimmer mobile phones. The new LCD panel will also make it possible to design slide-up phones that break the 10-mm barrier.
The new panel is 32 percent slimmer than TFT-LCD panels currently used in mobile phones, which measure between 1.9 and 2.9 mm in thickness. It is also slimmer than OLED displays used in mobile phones, which are typically between 1.5 and 1.8 mm, according to LG.Philips.
In addition to ultra-thin LED backlight technology that can raise panel brightness to 400 nits (current brightness is between 200 and 300 nits), LG.Philips said it used new, ultra-thin light guide plate and glass substrate technologies.
The new display also uses patent-pending structural modification technology that eliminates the need for a stainless steel plate to protect LCD components.
LG.Philips said it plans to unveil the new LCD panel on Tuesday (Oct. 3) during the SID Mobile Displays 2006 conference in San Diego.
Industry analysts said volume production of the new LCD is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2007. That would allow LG.Philips to compete with rival panel maker Samsung SDI.
Samsung SDI plans to start volume production of 1.47 mm-thick active-matrix OLED panels for mobile phones early next year.