Shipments of small displays rise in June
Amid strong demand, pricing for SMD panels for tablets is remaining high. Tablet prices in the third quarter for 7.0-inch and 9.7-inch panels will average USD 53 and USD 65 respectively.
In contrast, prices are declining for SMDs used in digital still cameras and personal navigation devices as demand decreases.
Among SMD panel manufacturers, fab utilization rates for the Taiwanese will average 61% in the third quarter, up from 55% at the end of June. Utilization rates are much higher among the Koreans, remaining at full capacity for LG Display and at 85% for Samsung Mobile Display.