AUO Showcases the Latest Display Technologies at Japan’s FPD International 2010
HSINCHU, Taiwan, Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ – AU Optronics Corp. (“AUO“ or the “Company“) (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) announced today that it will present its latest display technologies at FPD International 2010 in Japan from November 10-12. The exhibits will include the world’s largest(*) 71″ 21:9 Cinema Scope HD (CSHD) 3D TV LCD panel, a 32″ in-cell multi-point and multi-color optical touch panel for e-board applications, flexible oxide TFT E-paper, a dual-side display that uses ultra-low levels of energy and saves power by 99.8%, a 3D AMOLED TV panel, and stylishly flat OLED lights. The innovative designs and breakthroughs to be demonstrated are stereoscopic, fascinating, trendy and fun with a wide range of applications for personal life, home theaters and commercial spaces. Mr. Paul Peng, AUO’s Executive Vice President, will deliver a speech titled “Opportunities for the Taiwan TFT-LCD Industry” on the morning of November 11 (Thursday) at the special seminar.
The theme of this year’s show is “innovative technologies”. Consumers are encouraged to practice low-carbon lifestyles while enjoying a totally new audio-visual experience. The exhibition area is divided into six sections: 1) 3D Display Technologies and Applications; 2) Advanced TV Display Technologies; 3) Multi-touch Display Technologies; 4) Green and Energy-saving Electronic Displays; 5) Advanced Mobile Display Technologies; and 6) New Technological Applications with E-paper, E-tags, AMOLED and flat OLED lighting.
3D Display Technologies and Applications – The World‘s Largest CSHD TV LCD Panel
In response to the rapid growth of the 3D content market, AUO has developed numerous advanced 3D display technologies, including: the world’s largest((*)) 71″ 21:9 CSHD 3D TV LCD panel; a 65″ QFHD 4K2K lenticular lens 3D panel; a 65″ pattern retarder 3D LCD TV panel with video game applications; deadzone-free 15.6″ notebook panels and deadzone-free 10.1″ tablet PC naked eye 3D panels; and a 4″ 3D interactive touch panel for smartphones.
Multi-touch Display Technologies – The First In-cell Multi-color Optical Touch Panel for E-board Applications
AUO is extending its touch panel technology to E-board development by introducing the industry’s first 32″ in-cell touch panel with an optical color pen function. The optical color pens can be used at the same time, and by mixing red, green and blue, seven colors can be produced. Users can save the image or print it out, which is very convenient for teaching or taking meeting minutes. In terms of panels with ten touch points, AUO is presenting the 24″ energy-saving touch panel and the 10″ on-cell touch panel which will allow users of desktop, tablet and notebook PCs to move their fingers freely about on the touch panels. Utilizing a one-glass solution, the 7″ and 5″ touch panels are 60% slimmer and lighter than conventional touch panels, consume 10% less power, and boast better penetration and brightness. These small, sturdy panels are the finest green displays available.
Green and Energy-saving Electronic Display Technologies – The First Ultra-slim 21.5“ Displayport Monitor with Wide Viewing Angles
To meet the demand for eco-friendly products, AUO will exhibit the world’s first((*)) 14″ solar-powered touch keyboard notebook solution as well as the industry’s first ultra-slim 21.5″ Displayport monitor with wide viewing angles. The DVI and LVDS digital interfaces can be replaced by the Displayport interface with fewer parts while retaining digital video performance of the same high quality. The low-power monitor, with all-in-one minimal design, is the ideal next-generation display for a low-carbon lifestyle.
E-paper and E-tags - High Efficiency 6“ Flexible Oxide TFT E-paper
AUO’s 6″ Flexible Oxide TFT E-paper is made pliable with high efficiency parts and plastic material (PEN). Users can place the E-paper into their briefcases or purses without having to worry about damaging it. The image resolution has now reached 800×600. In addition, the low-power re-usable portable E-tags, ranging in size from 2″ to 6″, significantly reduce costs for chain stores.
Advanced Mobile Display Technologies – New Dual-side Display Delivers Energy Savings of 99.8%
As an answer to the problem of energy-hungry smartphones, AUO will present a new design–the 3.2″ dual-side, ultra-low-power MIP display. The main display is for high resolution images, while the information display on the reverse side can be used without backlighting to read e-mail and text, to save information, and to download pictures for decorating the cell phone shell. The design lowers power consumption from 420mW to 1mW–a 99.8% savings. Its 230 PPI high resolution presents images with impressive clarity and brightness.
OLED Technologies – AMOLED 3D TV Panels, Flat OLED Lighting with 50 Lumen/Watt Efficacy
AUO’s 14″ AMOLED 3D pattern retarder TV panel is an advanced OLED technology that delivers stunning 3D images with its fast response, high contrast ratio and wide viewing angles. A resolution of 1920×1080 is retained even while switching back and forth between 3D and 2D modes.
AUO has also been working for the first time on flat OLED lighting. At FPD International 2010, the Company will be showcasing its sleek new high-efficiency flat lighting. Operating at 50 lumen/watt, the device comes with an embedded high-efficiency green power drive. Stylish as well as efficient, AUO’s flat lighting is an ideal choice for attractive illumination.
*Based on available market research information as of Nov. 9, 2010.
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ABOUT AU OPTRONICS
AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) is a global leader of thin film transistor liquid crystal display panels (TFT-LCD). AUO is able to provide customers with a full range of panel sizes and comprehensive applications, offering TFT-LCD panels in sizes ranging from 1.2 inches to greater than 65 inches. AUO generated NT$359.3 billion (US$11.2 billion) in sales revenue* in 2009 and now houses a staff of more than 42,000 employees, with global operations in Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the U.S., and Europe. Additionally, AUO is the first pure TFT-LCD manufacturer to be successfully listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). AUO extended its market to the green energy industry in late 2008. The Display and Solar businesses were established respectively as the Company’s two core businesses in October, 2010. For more information, please visit AUO.com.
* 2009 year end revenue converted at an exchange rate of NTD31.95:USD1.
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AU Optronics Corp. (“AUO“ or the “Company“) (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO), a global leader of TFT-LCD panels, today announced the above news. Except for statements in respect of historical matters, the statements contained in this Release are “forward-looking statements“ within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements were based on our management‘s expectations, projections and beliefs at the time regarding matters including, among other things, future revenues and costs, financial performance, technology changes, capacity, utilization rates, yields, process and geographical diversification, future expansion plans and business strategy. Such forward looking statements are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including risks related to the flat panel display industry, the TFT-LCD market, acceptance of and demand for our products, technological and development risks, competitive factors, and other risks described in the section entitled “Risk Factors“ in our Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on May 11th, 2010.
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