TFTs are also becoming more expensive
After the prices for memory chips (RAM) have risen quite well in the last few months, a similar trend is now emerging for TFTs. The prices for the LCD panels have risen significantly and are sometimes over 70 percent higher.
The newspaper 'Economic News' from Taiwan reports that the manufacturers want to make profits again in 2002 after they had made the last Year had to accept great losses. The prices for 15 inch panels have risen from US $ 190 in the third quarter of 2001 to US $ 260 now, while the special notebook panels have risen from US $ 200 to US $ 270 . The prices of the 14-inch notebook panels also rose from US $ 170 to US $ 235. The prices for 15 inch TFT displays have risen from around 250 US dollars to 429 US dollars this month alone, an increase of over 70 percent.