2001-10-17 14:23:26 --
Samsung SDI, the world's largest producer of conventional display tubes for PC monitors and television sets, was the first to produce the 15.1-inch model for active matrix organic electro luminescence displays, company executives told reporters.
The previous largest was a 13-inch screen developed by Sony Corp (news - web sites) of Japan in June.
Samsung SDI said it expected to begin marketing smaller versions of the new-generation display from late 2003, with initial applications focused on mobile handsets and car navigation systems.
``We will be able to mass-produce larger luminescence displays for PCs and notebooks from 2005,'' said Bae Chul-han, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Samsung SDI.
``The market for the new screen will grow to about $4 billion in 2006 and the product will ultimately lead the market for thin displays.''
Analysts agreed Samsung's luminescence display would be king of the thin display market in view of low production costs and superior picture quality.
``No one will deny the new product will lead the display market in the future,'' said Daniel Kim, analyst at Merrill Lynch Korea. ``But the issue is how fast developers like Samsung will commercialize it.''
Samsung SDI wants about 30 percent of the global luminescence display, Samsung officials said.
The company has spent about 30 billion won ($23.24 million) to develop the thin display and plans to pour in another 300 billion won to set up production facilities by late 2003, the executive said.
Samsung officials said the new display offered more natural colors and clearer pictures because of its high response time.
``In most technical aspects of energy consumption, color, and definition, the new display exceeds the TFT LCD,'' said vice president Chung Ho-kyun, in charge of the company's R&D center.
``We can save about 30 percent of production costs on the luminescence display, compared with the TFT-LCD, because it does not need back-lights and color filters,'' Chung said.
The organic electro display would emerge as a main cash cow for Samsung SDI, which now produces color display tubes (CDTs) for PC monitors and color picture tubes (CPTs) for television screens with a 25 percent share of the global market.
The company has also been aggressively expanding production of plasma display panels (PDPs) for home-theater systems and rechargeable batteries.
CDTs and CPTs account now for about 70 percent of Samsung SDI's sales revenues, scaled at 4.16 trillion won in 2000.
Samsung ADI, which began sales of plasma display panels in July, plans to increase its PDP sales to one million units in 2005, accounting for about one quarter of the global demand.
Sales of rechargeable batteries, used mostly for mobile phones, would reach about 425 billion won in 2002.
There'll be no XP for me
MANY READERS have written me with the question, "Faced with the choice of Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, and now XP, which operating system is the best one to standardize on?"
After looking at the changes Microsoft has made in its forthcoming Windows XP, I'm recommending that most companies and individuals avoid it. I won't be adding to my line of books a Windows XP Secrets (although someone else will inevitably write a work with that title, and if it's good I'll recommend it). Instead, I'm planning to keep Windows 2000 running on my office network indefinitely.
The following are some of the reasons that XP feels to me like a downgrade rather than an upgrade.
* You need a Passport. Despite the severe security weaknesses of Microsoft's Passport authentication system (see www.avirubin.com/passport.html for an AT&T Labs analysis), XP repeatedly requests the user's e-mail address and password to create a Passport e-commerce account. And Microsoft made Passport a requirement to use Windows Messenger and other features.
* Spam I am. The Passport agreement, which you accept when you click OK, permits Microsoft and its partners to send you an unlimited number of commercial e-mail messages. Furthermore, you can't rescind Microsoft's permission to use your e-mail address. You must unsubscribe from every partner's e-mail list individually. One marketing study found that many well-known companies won't take you off their e-mail lists even after several requests (see brianlivingston.com/011008).
* We don't need no stinkin' contract. The same agreement says that Microsoft can change the contract's terms at any time, merely by editing a Web page. Every time you use Passport, you're supposed to reread this page to see if you detect any changes. Right. I predict that one day the contract will read, "If you use Passport after the 1st of next month, a $4.95-per-month charge will be placed on the credit card number you registered."
* Weak Java. Instead of including the latest version of Java support, as a recent Sun-Microsoft lawsuit settlement would suggest, XP will default to a 4-year-old version. Users can get a new Java download, but its 5MB size will discourage many.
* No plug-ins. Internet Explorer loses support for all Netscape-style plug-ins, including embedded QuickTime clips (unless you download a kludge from Apple). New users surfing the Web under XP will undoubtedly run into sites that IE will no longer handle properly.
I haven't even gotten to XP's Product Activation scheme. I'll discuss this in a future column.
What all these new XP "features" have in common is that they make Windows more convenient for Microsoft but less convenient for users. I think I'll stick with Windows 2000 for a few more years. And after that? Stay tuned.
Brian Livingston's latest book is Windows Me Secrets. Send tips to email@example.com. Go to www.iwsubscribe.com/newsletters to get Window Manager and E-Business Secrets free each week via e-mail.