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AU Optronics Unveils Taiwan's First 65-inch FHD 120Hz LCD TV Display

2007-06-06 16:15 909

HSINCHU, June 6 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) today unveiled Taiwan's first 65-inch Full HD 120Hz LCD TV panel, claiming it to be the world's second able-to-be-commercialized 65-inch LCD panel, and to reach CRT- and Plasma-like image quality in motion picture response time. AUO's successful launch of its 65-inch LCD panel demonstrates Taiwan-based panel maker's epoch-making capability of producing larger than 60-inch LCD TV panels. AUO will be debuting its 65-inch FHD 120HZ LCD TV panel at Display Taiwan 2007, from June 13 to June 15, in Taipei.

AUO's 65-inch Full HD LCD TV display is equipped with HDTV 1920x1080 high resolution, ASPD 120Hz driving technology for motion blur reduction, AMVA(*1) superior wide-viewing angle technology, and HiColor saturation technology. With ASPD double frame rate 120Hz technology, AUO's 65-inch LCD TV panel has achieved a faster response time of 4 ms gray-to-gray and 8 ms MPRT(*2), allowing for excellent motion picture quality display. It also features AUO AMVA technology for color washout improvement at large viewing angles, HiColor technology for wide color gamut of NTSC 92%, high contrast of 2000:1, true 10 bit gray scale for better image processing quality in displaying billions of colors (1073.7M), 64 times better than 8 bit color depth performance. The end results in excellent display quality performance.

"It is expected that large-sized LCD TVs with features of Full HD, high resolution, and double frame rate 120Hz will go mainstream," said Dr. David Su, Sr. VP & GM of TV Display / Consumer Product Display Business Groups of AUO. "With the addition of 65-inch Full HD panels, AUO is able to offer customers TV panels featuring Full HD and ASPD 120Hz driving technology in the sizes of 42-, 46- and 65-inches."

Two 65-inch panels can be economically cut via AUO's G6 fabs in the Lungke Science Park and the Central Taiwan Science Park, and it is estimated that mass production will commence in 3Q07.

(*1) AMVA stands for AUO Advanced MVA technology

(*2) MPRT stands for Motion Picture Response Time

Specification of AUO 65-inch FHD LCD TV Panel (T645HW01)

Resolution HDTV (1920 x 1080)

Frequency 120Hz

Viewing Angle (H / V) 178 degrees / 178 degrees

Response Time 4ms (gray to gray)

Contrast Ratio 2000:1

Color saturation 92% NTSC

Number of colors 1073.7M (10 bit)

Backlight CCFL

Brightness 500 (cd/m2)

Pictures for the above news release can be downloaded from AUO corporate website URL: http://www.auo.com/auoDEV/pressroom.php?sec=Photos&ls=en

Any use of photographs must cite the source thereof is from AU Optronics Corporation

Photo caption: AUO unveils Taiwan's first 65-inch FHD LCD TV panel, equipping with ASPD, AMVA and HiColor technologies.

About AU Optronics

AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO") is one of the top three largest manufacturers* of large-size thin film transistor liquid crystal display panels ("TFT-LCD"), with approximately 20.8%* of global market share with revenues of NT$293.1billion (US$9.0bn)* in 2006. TFT-LCD technology is currently the most widely used flat panel display technology. Targeted for 40"+ sized LCD TV panels, AUO's new generation (7.5-generation) fabrication facility production started mass production in the fourth quarter of 2006. The Company currently operates one 7.5-generation, two 6th-generation, four 5th-generation, one 4th-generation, and four 3.5-generation TFT- LCD fabs, in addition to eight module assembly facilities and the AUO Technology Center specializes in new technology platform and new product development. AUO is one of few top-tier TFT-LCD manufacturers capable of offering a wide range of small- to large- size (1.5"-46") TFT-LCD panels, which enables it to offer a broad and diversified product portfolio.

* DisplaySearch 2006 WW Large-Area TFT-LCD Shipment Report dated March 1,

2007. (AUO market share = pre-merger AUO market share + QDI market

share). This data is used as reference only and AUO does not make any

endorsement or representation in connection therewith. 2006 year end

revenue converted by an exchange rate of NTD32.59:USD1.

Safe Harbour Notice

AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO), the world's third largest manufacturer of large-size 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 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 June 1st, 2006.

Source: AU Optronics Corp.
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