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LCD TV Panel Prices Continuing to Fall

December 6, 2021

After the two months with the fastest price declines in the history of the industry in September and October, LCD TV panel prices continued to fall in November, but the pace of price decreases is slowing, and we expect that pattern to continue into 2022. After two months where the average decline in LCD TV panel prices exceeded 15%, the average decline in November among the seven TV sizes we track was “only” 6.4%. LCD TV panel prices have now lost most of the gains that they achieved in the long up-cycle from May 2020 to June 2021.
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Financial

Flat Panel Display Revenue Hit All-Time High in Q3’21 but Profits Slipped

November 22, 2021

Flat panel display maker revenue reached a new record in Q3’21, but declining LCD panel prices dented profits, according to the summary of their financial performance in DSCC’s Quarterly Display Supply Chain Financial Health Report. With all panel makers reporting their Q3’21 results, we can compile a full industry review for Q3’21; while not reaching the high profits of Q2, it was still an excellent quarter for flat panel makers.
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TV

OLED Share Continued to Increase in Advanced TV Market in Q3’21 and Samsung's Share Continued to Slip

November 22, 2021

The combination of relatively stable OLED TV prices competing against rising LCD TV prices led to another quarter of gains for OLED TV sales, according to the latest update of the DSCC Quarterly Advanced TV Shipment and Forecast Report, now available to subscribers. As OLED has gained share, Samsung has lost share in the Advanced TV market, and while Samsung maintained the #1 position in both units and revenues in Q3’21, its share has eroded especially in Western Europe.
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Events

Last Chance to Watch the AR/VR Display Forum Sessions

November 22, 2021

There are only two weeks left to watch the session recordings from the AR/VR Display Forum. The event took place on November 3-4 and featured three DSCC analysts and 18 invited speakers from various companies involved in augmented reality and virtual reality. You can still register to watch the recordings of the sessions here: www.accelevents.com/e/arvr-display-forum?aff=DSCCweekly . The recordings will be available until December 4, 2021.
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Foldable

Has Google Dropped the Pixel Fold?

November 15, 2021

DSCC has confirmed with its supply chain sources that Google has decided not to bring the Pixel Fold to market. Not in 2021 and reportedly not in the first half of 2022. Our sources indicated that Google believed the product wouldn’t be as competitive as it needed to be. They likely figured that competing against Samsung in the US and Europe in a small niche market facing higher costs than their primary competitor, would stack the odds against this project. I point out regional differences as in China, where Samsung is not as strong, we do expect to see many competing products with similar form factors from Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, Huawei and Honor.
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TV

US TV Price Inflation Easing as Panel Prices Flow Through to Retail

November 15, 2021

The steep declines in LCD TV panel prices are reversing the unprecedented surge of inflation in TVs, and prices have peaked but remain higher on a Y/Y basis, according to the most recent data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Consumer Price Index (CPI). The BLS publishes CPI statistics for hundreds of categories, and its current data set goes back to 1996, but the CPI is indexed to 1982-1984.
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Display Equipment

DSCC Raises Display Equipment Spending Forecast on IT Opportunity

November 8, 2021

DSCC has increased its 2020-2025 display equipment spending forecast by 2.3% vs. last quarter to $80.7B, helped by rising OLED spending in Korea targeting the IT market, as revealed in the latest issue of its Quarterly Display Capex and Equipment Market Share Report. In 2022, spending is forecasted to fall by 11% vs. last quarter due to a delay at a Chinese mobile OLED supplier, which will boost 2023.
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IT

DSCC Report Compares and Forecasts OLED and MiniLED Panel Costs in Tablets, Notebooks and Monitors

November 8, 2021

In DSCC’s newly released Quarterly Advanced IT Display Shipment and Technology Report, one of the many highlights is the cost comparisons between OLEDs and MiniLED panels in tablets, notebooks and monitors. We took the MiniLED panel sizes that Apple has or will introduce at 12.9”, 16.2” and 27” and tried to compare them on an apples to apples basis with identically sized OLEDs. We actually looked at two different flavors of MiniLED backlight units (BLUs) as shown below. For tablets and notebooks, we looked at chip on board (COB) FPC and BT type PCB backplanes with 10,000 MiniLEDs and 2596 zones as well as a lower cost approach with 3000 MiniLEDs and 779 zones using package on Board MiniLEDs with FR4 PCB backplanes. For monitors, we used an 1152 zone configuration with 5000 MiniLEDs and a BT-type PCB backplane. The report laid out the type of fab utilization and yields which assumed G8.5 oxide backplanes were used with variable refresh rates up to 120Hz.
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Augmented and Virtual Reality

Highlights from the AR/VR Display Forum

November 8, 2021

DSCC hosted the AR/VR Display Forum last week. The virtual event featured three DSCC analysts and 18 invited speakers from various companies involved in augmented reality and virtual reality. The topics covered included display technologies (LCD, OLED, MicroLED) as well as lasers and waveguides.
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