Qualcomm invests in building Taiwanese display fab

Qualcomm has announced plans to invest $1.97 billion to build a new display fab in Taiwan.

It hopes that by building this it will be able to provide energy saving colour flat panels for electronic devices such as e-readers, which will compete with existing e-paper suppliers.

Yen Randy, director General of the Northern Taiwan Science Park Administration, told the Taipei Times at a media briefing:  “Qualcomm MEMS expects to crank out the first batch [of colour displays for e-readers] in the second half of next year.”

Qualcomm last year announced a display joint venture in Taiwan – Sollink Inc – with local electronic component maker Cheng Uei Precision Industry.

Now it plans to continue its growth by building a fifth-generation (5G) plant at the end of this year on a 5.1-hectare plot leased from the government. The planned fab will be able to process a maximum of 50,000 sheets of mother glasses a month using its Mirasol technology.

According to Qualcomm, Mirasol consumes 40 percent less energy than standard LCDs as it does not use a backlight. It currently manufactures these from a 4.5G plant via Sollink in Longtan Township Taoyuan County. It has shipped these to smartphone and handheld device makers such as local firm Cal-Comp Electronics.