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AU Optronics to Show its Latest Flat Panel Technologies at the CeBIT HANNOVER 2003 (2003.03.10)
Hsin Chu, Taiwan

After a successful show at the FPD Expo 2003 Taiwan, AU Optronics ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) is to attend what is known as the world's largest computer trade show, CeBIT Hannover 2003, starting March 12. In addition to exhibiting its newest technologies in LTPS and PDP, AU Optronics will showcase more than 30 different models of TFT-LCD modules from a full range of sizes. Within a short time frame, the company has aggressively produced a 17 inch LCD TV panel last month and recently has developed the first 26 inch LCD TV panel via G5 technology in Taiwan, again reinforcing AU Optronics' leading position in this industry.

At the CeBIT Hannover 2003, AU Optronics will exhibit its newest developed technologies spanning a wide-range of panel applications. The company's aggressive TV Display Business Unit, just last month had placed on shown its newest model of 17 inch LCD TV panel and within 2 weeks time, has out done it self with Taiwan's first 26 inch LCD TV panel via G5 Technology. The 26 inch WXGA LCD TV has attractive dimensions of 15:9 and is complete with premium MVA technology wide viewing angle (PMVA at 85 degrees for all angles), high colour saturation of more than EBU 100% (NTSC 75%), super high brightness of 600 nits, high contrast ratio (600:1) and fast response time (16ms). Signaling AUO's dedication for larger and larger sized TV application panels.

The Company's Audio-Video Display Business Unit will be showcasing its latest 1.8 and 1.9 inch Transmissive LCD panels for mobile phone applications. The 1.8" LCD module is equipped with high colour sturation of NTSC 40% and high contrast ratio of 200:1, whilst the 1.9" LCD module is fitted with super high brightness of 230 nits and ultra-thinness of only 2.9 mm -allowing for compact and light mobility for today's needs. Other audio-video panel applications exhibited are for digital camera and digital camcorders, PDA, printer, car navigator, and for aircrafts' multiple audio-visual needs.

Desktop Display Business Unit will bring forth its latest 19" SXGA TFT-LCD panel, which consists of premium MVA technology wide-viewing-angle (all angles at 85 degrees), high colour saturation of 72% NTSC, high brightness of 250 nits, super fast response time of only 25ms, and high contrast ratio (600:1). Additional to commercial PC monitors, this model can also be utilized in medical and industrial applications.

Within the Mobile Display Business Unit, the world's only 8.4" SVGA TFT-LCD panel to be integrated with Digitizer will be for view. This latest design is compact with high resolution (SVGA 800 x 600), high colour display of 262k, ultra light weight at 210 g, and it needs minimal power of 3.3W. It is perfectly designed for applications of Tablet PC, e-Book, Industrial PC, Web-Pad, and Mira. Other novel approaches for notebook panel design is their high brightness 15.2" WSXGA and their (0.5 mm) ultra-thin 14" XGA panel.

Not withstanding AUO's reputation for research and development, their latest technologies in LTPS TFT, 1.5" panel perfected for mobile phone and 3.5" for PDA purposes, is able to minimize costs substantially for the consumers. Reaching higher levels with their latest technologies, AU Optronics has hence transformed one of its 3.5G Fabs for the production of LTPS TFT panels, scheduled for business by the third quarter of this year.

As a pioneer in this industry, AUO President, Mr. HB Chen, has been asked to represent Taiwan's Flat Panel Industry to speak at the "Taiwan New Tech Driving the E.conomy" conference on March 14th, to give The Overview of Taiwan TFT-LCD Industry.