Originally Posted by PhilipsPhanatic
LCD's are NOT easier and less costly to make -- same size panel costs 15% more on average for an LCD.
Material costs for 40-inch class LCD panels have fallen below than that for PDP (plasma display panels) of the same class in the fourth quarter of 2006, according to the latest report from Displaybank.
Total material costs for 40-inch class LCD panels has dropped to US$617 in the fourth quarter, down nearly 30% from US$874 during the same period in 2005. Cost for PDPs at the same size fell to US$631 this quarter, down 21% from cost of US$800 in the fourth quarter of 2005, Displaybank said.
Although both LCD and PDP makers are striving for lowering production costs, prices for major component for LCD panels such as glass substrate, backlight units (BLUs) are falling faster than those for PDP, the research firm explained.http://www.digitimes.com/displays/a20061116A1001.html