Qualcomm to Build New Plant in Taiwan

Jan. 4, 2011
Plant will focus on 'Mirasol technology, which consumes less power than traditional displays

Qualcomm plans to spend one billion dollars to build a plant in Taiwan to produce new, energy-efficient displays used in tablet devices and e-books, an official said on Jan. 4.

The plant, located in the town of Lungtan in northern Taiwan, is scheduled to start operations in 2012 and will focus on so-called "Mirasol" technology, which consumes less power than traditional displays, the official said.

"The plant is crucial as it will introduce to Taiwan the know-how for manufacturing next-generation flat-screens," said the official, with the economics ministry's Department of Investment Services.

Panels using this type of technology are used in a range of electronic products including Apple's popular iPad to hand-held games consoles.

Taiwan's liquid crystal display industry is a world leader, with production valued at a total of 1.5 trillion Taiwan dollars (US$50 billion) last year, figures compiled by the ministry showed.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011

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