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Millions of netbooks with displays are expected to sell this year. But DigiTimes reports that LCD makers aren’t really that focused on the industry segment, due to the fast-changing nature of the market. I suppose that makes sense. Two years ago, 7 inch screens were all the rage. Then it was 8.9 inch displays, and today we’re seeing a growing number of 10.1, 10.2, and 11.6 inch screens in a variety of different resolutions (1024 x 576, 1024 x 600, 1366 x 768 being the most popular). I’d hate to be a display panel maker tasked with pumping out a few million units only to discover that there’s no demand for them 6 months from now.

Of course, that whole fast-changing market could just be a smokescreen for the same complaint chip makers and PC vendors have about netbooks: low profit margins. It’s possible that LCD makers just don’t want to give top priority to products that don’t offer as much return on investment as larger displays produced for laptops or televisions.

But because the LCD companies are prioritizing displays for other devices, DigiTimes suggests that PC makers could have problems getting enough panels for their 2010 shipments.

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2 replies on “Report: Netbooks aren’t a high priority for LCD makers”

  1. The funny part (funny sad, not funny ha ha) is that netbooks sell. The big machines are not selling as well. Slim profit margins or no profit margins are the current choice? I’d think that would be not much of a choice, unless you live in LaLa land.

    Greed kills companies because greed makes them stupid. There is a need for big LCD panels but not everyoen can sell those. There is not that much demand for them, so if they all to scramble for the super profitable end of the market they all will sink.

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