Generation 10+ Fabs Enable Bigger, Brighter, Better TV Displays

As TVs gets larger, fabs are increasing capacity to meet demand for popular TVs, such as the 65-inch, 8K-resolution, G10+ OLED.


Consumers are moving to larger and larger televisions, attracted by the chance to have a more immersive experience and the ability to see what is on the screen from farther away. TV sizes continue to grow by 1 to 1.5 inches per year, and sales of TVs with 65” or larger screens—so-called Gen10+ flat panel displays (FPDs)—are growing exponentially (figure 1).

Figure 1. Television shipments by screen size, in thousands of units. The green row shows that shipments of 65+” TVs grew from about 8 million in 2016 to 11.5 million in 2017, and are expected to reach some 30 million in 2021. (Source: IHS)

Display manufacturers are quickly ramping new fab capacity to meet the demand. Figure 2 compares fab capacity additions for all sizes of FPDs from 2013–2019(e), indicating that larger sizes strongly dominate manufacturers’ production plans. This growth is being driven by the emerging 8K ultrahigh-definition (UHD) resolution of the screens, organic LED (OLED) technology, and forthcoming 5G broadcasting formats.

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