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China: Sony and HTC to use AUO amoled panels.
AU Optronics (AUO) reportedly will begin shipping 4.3-inch AMOLED panels to Sony and HTC in June. HTC will use the panels for the production of its HTC One S smartphone. AUO declined to comment on individual clients but stated that the company is ready for mass production of AMOLED panels.
However, Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) will continue to serve as the primary supplier of AMOLED panels for Sony and HTC, since SMD is ahead of AUO in terms of technology, yield rates and quality for the production of AMOLED panels.
The yield rates of AMOLED panels at AUO's 3.5G lines reportedly stand only at 20% on average currently.
AUO has set aside a capex budget of NT$40 billion (US$1.35 billion) for 2012, mainly for the development of AMOLED panels and other advanced technologies.
AUO's 3.5G line's current capacity for AMOLED panels is equivalent to 7,000-8,000 glass substrates, and the company plans to ramp capacity to 15,000 substrates by the end of 2012.