AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO), confirms its outstanding achievement in new products and advanced technology developments placing Taiwan's very first Fifth-Generation Mother Glass on show at the Flat Panel Display ("FPD") Expo Taiwan 2003, organized by SEMI Taiwan. As one of the few top producers with the ability to provide a complete-range of TFT-LCD technologies; from small to large sized modules. AUO will showcase its 17" WXGA panel for LCD TV, PDP and latest technologies of OLED (the world's first 4-inch full-color active matrix OLED (AMOLED) based on amorphous-silicon thin film transistors), and 19" SXGA LCD monitor panel fitted with MVA wide viewing angle and high contrast ratio of 600:1, to name a few.
The fifth annual FPD Expo 2003 Taiwan will take place on February 20~22, for a three day exhibit at the Taipei World Trade Center, Exhibition Hall 1, Area B.
AUO will be exhibiting a variety of TFT-LCD modules; including applications for e-Book and the world's first 8.4" SVGA panel for tablet PC integrated with a digitizer, equipped with wide view angle, high resolution, minimal power consumption (3.3W), and extremely light weight at only 210 g.
For LCD TV applications, the company will exhibit a 17-inch WXGA TFT-LCD module of full color displays (15:9) with premium MVA technology (each angle as high as 85), high contrast ratio (700:1), high brightness of greater than 650 nits, high color saturation (75% NTSC; EBU>100%), high response time (16 ms).
For consumer electronics applications, AUO will showcase a 3.5-inch TFT-LCD panel designed for PDA application with high image quality, high reflectance (21%), high color display (262,144), and minimal power consumption of less than 25mW. For mobile phone application, AUO¡¦s 1.93-inch transmissive TFT-LCD panel will be on show with high brightness of 230 nit and high image quality. Its unbelievable thinness (2.9mm) fulfills the need for compactness of mobile phones today.
Widely acclaimed for its performance excellence, AUO's 17" SXGA monitor (M170EN05) will be on show, which according to a respected Japanese PC publication - PC USER Magazine (160th Edition, January 24th 2003 distribution), was ranked as the most sought after PC monitor in its category. Sharing the same view, Tom's Hardware Guide, a leading independent editorial PC review launched by Dr. Thomas Pabst in 1996, also recognized AU Optronics 17" SXGA monitor panels as " An LCD Screen to Start the Year With". The panel's high response time (16ms), high brightness (260 nits), high contrast ratio (450:1) are some of its optimized qualities. AUO's flat panel with "Slim Bezel" specifications puts the icing on the cake.
New product technologies will also be demonstrated. This includes the world's first 4-inch full-color active matrix OLED (AMOLED) based on amorphous-silicon thin film transistors, which has been further advanced than its first displayed at the LCD/PDP International in Japan late last year, doubling its brightness to 500 nits, as well as a 50-inch color plasma display.
As one of the major attraction at the exhibit, AUO will place Taiwan¡¦s first Fifth Generation Mother Glass on show. The advanced Glass (1100X1250mm) can produce 12 pieces of 17" panels. On Christmas eve of last year, AUO had already successfully lit Taiwan's first G5 panel which signaled its well on schedule for production by 2Q of this year. AU Optronics has blueprint for a second G5 production line (1100X1300mm), which is scheduled for 2Q of 2004.