The production of 8K TV panels is likely to become the focus of competition in the global LCD panel industry in 2019 as makers in Taiwan, Korea and China are gearing up efforts to roll out related panels for the growing demand of large-size 8K TVs, according to industry sources.
Most flat panel makers are accelerating their deployments in the 8K sector as 4K panels have already become a standard for the TV industry with nearly all TVs in above 43-inch sizes coming with a 4K panel, said the sources.
Global shipments of 4K LCD TV panels are expected to reach 110 million units in 2018, accounting for a penetration rate of 40 percent, with the ratio likely to climb to 47 percent in 2019, according to China-based Sigmaintell Consulting.
Although the production of 8K TV panels is about to take off in 2019, initial shipments will be limited due to a lack of SoC solutions, low yield rates and high production costs, said the marketing research firm, which also estimated global 8K TV panel shipments to reach 300,000 units in 2019 for a penetration rate of 0.1 percent.
Judging from the production roadmaps of individual companies, 65 and 75-inch models will be the mainstream sizes of the 8K LCD TV segment as players including Samsung Display, Innolux, AU Optronics (AUO), BOE Technology and China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT) all plan to roll out TV panels in these two sizes to cater to growing demand, said sources.
Samsung and Innolux are expected to focus on 82-inch 8K panels; AUO and CSOT may roll out 85-inch models; and Sharp is to release 70- and 80-inch models. However, LG Display, Samsung, BOE and CEC are also likely to launch 98-inch 8K panels, the sources indicated.
Meanwhile, LG Display will remain the sole supplier of large-size OLED TV panels in 2019, and the company’s OLED TV panel shipments are expected to reach 3.7 million units in the year, buoyed by the planned kick-off of its new 8.5G OLED line in China in the second half of the year.― DIGITIMES