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Hsinchu, Taiwan

AU Optronics is a Taiwanese manufacturer of TFT LCD and other technologies that was formed in December 2001 by the merger of Acer Display Technology and Unipac Optoelectronics Corporation by BenQ Electronics. In April 2006, AUO announced the purchase of Quanta Display, Inc. At the time of merger, the combined companies represented 17% of the global TFT-LCD market.The production of the company's G6 operation reached #1 worldwide. AUO manufactures TFT panels for companies including Samsung, Sony, NEC, Lenovo, Panasonic, LG, Dell, Apple, Viewsonic, Acer, Toshiba.. Wikipedia.


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SOUTHFIELD, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The primary automotive display systems market will reach $11.6 billion in tier one supplier revenue globally in 2017, according to new analysis from business information provider IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO). The market is set to increase drastically over the next few years, says the latest Automotive Display Systems Forecasts from IHS Markit. The most valuable are the Center Stack Displays and Instrument Cluster Displays, representing global revenues of $6.1 and $4.8 billion respectively. Head-Up Displays (HUD) account for only $731 million today, but show the largest growth potential in terms of percentage going forward through 2022. In 2022, combined value from the Center Stack Display, Instrument Cluster Display and Head-Up Display system markets total more than $20.8 billion, an increase of $9.2 billion in annual revenue in just five years, according to IHS Markit. “There are a few different sources of this increase in display value within the automotive sector,” said Brian Rhodes, automotive technology analyst for IHS Markit. “First are simple volume increases, with more vehicles adding new displays to the instrument cluster and center stack, along with Head-Up Display deployments becoming more common. The second area of growth is in the technology value itself, as these displays are becoming larger and more capable – and therefore more expensive.” Continental is expected to be the top supplier of primary automotive display systems in 2017 based on global revenue forecasts, the IHS Markit research says. Visteon follows closely behind, as the only other supplier with a double-digit market share in this space. Panasonic, Denso and Bosch round out the remaining market share leaders in the top five. Combined, these suppliers account for more than $6 billion in revenue resulting from Center Stack Display, Instrument Cluster Display and Head-Up Display systems in 2017. “The top five primary display system suppliers command more than half of the total automotive display systems market,” Rhodes said. “While this is certainly a large portion of revenue for a handful of large players, it still means there is an incredible amount of fragmentation left over offering opportunity for the rest of the supply base -- both in today’s market and in the foreseeable future based on our forecasts.” Thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT LCD) automotive display panel market shipments are expected to grow from 135 million units in 2016 to 200 million units in 2022. This technology will represent more than 67 percent share of total automotive display shipments, according to the Automotive Display Market Tracker from IHS Markit. “The market growth momentum has shifted from center stack display, rear seat entertainment and other infotainment displays, to safety system displays, namely instrument cluster display, head-up display and eMirror systems,” said Stacy Wu, principal analyst for IHS Markit. While today’s volumes are large for infotainment display panels, safety-critical display panels will see double-digit growth through 2022, according to IHS Markit forecasts. Based on the latest findings from IHS Markit, Japan Display, Innolux, Sharp, AU Optronics and LG Display are the top five TFT LCD automotive display panel manufacturers, representing more than 65 percent of the market in 2016. “However, we expect to see increasing share gains from new entrants and possible ranking switches as well,” Wu said. “Stagnant panel demand from consumer electronics segments like notebooks, tablets, and smartphones, together with excess production capacity, is forcing display panel makers to enter the fast growing automotive market.” IHS Markit experts covering various aspects of the global displays market will be attending SID’s Display Week in Los Angeles, May 23-25. In addition, IHS Markit will present in these three upcoming display events in the fall: IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is the automotive industry’s leading source for market-wide insight, expertise and advanced planning solutions. With a reputation of enabling better decisions and better results for nearly a century, the world’s leading OEMs, suppliers and their transportation partners rely on IHS Markit to power growth, improve efficiency and drive a sustainable competitive advantage. Automotive offerings and expertise at IHS Markit span every major market and, the entire automotive value chain -- from product planning to marketing, sales and the aftermarket. Headquartered in London, the automotive team is part of the IHS Markit information and analytics powerhouse that includes 12,300+ colleagues in 150 countries, covering energy, chemical, aerospace and defense, maritime, financial, technology, media and telecommunications. For additional information, please visit www.ihsmarkit.com or email automotive@ihsmarkit.com. IHS Markit is a registered trademark of IHS Markit Ltd. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners © 2017 IHS Markit Ltd. All rights reserved.


Patent
AU Optronics | Date: 2016-12-07

A display has a display panel and a correction circuit. The display panel has a plurality of pixel circuits, and each of the pixel circuits has a plurality of pixels and a shared circuit. Each of the pixels has an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and a driving transistor for driving the OLED. The shared circuit is coupled to the plurality of pixels and is configured to compensate shifts in threshold voltages of the plurality of pixels according to a received reference voltage. The correction circuit is coupled to the plurality of pixels and is configured to sense a driving current of the pixels of each pixel circuit and to adjust the reference voltage received by the shared circuit of the each pixel circuit according to the detected driving current of the pixels of each pixel circuit.


Patent
AU Optronics and AU Optronics Corporation | Date: 2014-10-17

A display panel and a gate driver are disclosed. The gate driver includes a plurality of drive circuits. Each drive circuit includes a shift register unit and a select unit. The shift register unit is configured to generate a driving signal. The select unit is electrically coupled to the shift register unit, and is configured to receive the driving signal and to output the driving signal to one of a plurality of gate lines according to a clock signal. An enabling interval of the driving signal is an N-th power of 2 times a period of the clock signal, in which N is 0 or a positive integer.


Patent
AU Optronics and AU Optronics Corporation | Date: 2015-09-17

A display panel includes a gate line, a data line, a first testing pad, a second testing pad, and a switching circuit. The gate line receives a gate-driving signal from a first node. The data line receives a data signal from a second node. The first testing pad transmits the gate-driving signal via one of a first reserved path and a first transmission path to the first node. The second testing pad transmits the data signal via one of a second reserved path and a second transmission path to the second node. The switching circuit selectively connects the first transmission path to the first node and connects the second transmission path to the second node. The first testing pad is connected to the first node via the first reserved path, and the second testing pad is connected to the second node via the second reserved path.


Patent
AU Optronics Corporation and AU Optronics | Date: 2013-03-13

A light bar is disclosed which includes a substrate, plural LEDs disposed on the substrate, a first connector and a second connector disposed on opposite sides of the substrate, a first wire, a second wire, a third wire, and a fourth wire. The first connector sequentially includes a first pin, a second pin, a third pin, and a fourth pin. The second connector sequential includes a fifth pin, a sixth pin, a seventh pin, and an eighth pin. The first wire connects the first pin to the second pin. The second wire connects the third pin to the fifth pin. The third wire connects the sixth pin to the seventh pin. The fourth wire connects the fourth pin to the eighth pin. A light emitting module using the light bar is also disclosed.


Patent
AU Optronics Corporation and AU Optronics | Date: 2014-02-12

A method of disassembling a liquid crystal display comprising a plastic frame having two inner walls and two loading planes, an optical film, a LCD panel and a double-sided tape. One side of the double-sided tape respectively adheres the optical film, One inner wall and the two loading planes, and the other side thereof adheres the LCD panel, and the optical film and the LCD panel are together installed in the plastic frame. The method comprises a protruding part is pressed, so the plastic frame is deformed, and the side of the double-sided tape still adheres the optical film and the plastic frame, with the deformation of the plastic frame, one corner of the LCD panel is released from the other adhering surface of the double-sided tape; and the released corner of the LCD panel is lifted till the LCD panel is totally removed.


Patent
AU Optronics Corporation and AU Optronics | Date: 2013-11-01

A touch sensor array includes a plurality of straight sensing series and a plurality of ladder-like sensing series. The straight sensing series are separated to each other. Each of the straight sensing series includes first sensing pads and first bridge lines, and each of the first bridge lines is connected to two adjacent first sensing pads. The ladder-like sensing series are separated to each other. Each of the ladder-like sensing series includes second sensing pads, second bridge lines and third bridge lines. The second bridge lines and the third bridge lines are alternatively disposed, and any two adjacent second sensing pads are connected through one of the second bridge lines or one of the third bridge lines. Each of the ladder-like sensing series crosses one of the first bridge lines.


Patent
AU Optronics Corporation and AU Optronics | Date: 2013-03-01

A liquid crystal display panel and a display driving method are disclosed. The liquid crystal display panel includes data lines, scan lines, common electrode lines, pixel units, voltage buffer circuits and common electrode controller units. The pixel units are coupled to corresponding data lines and scan lines. Each pixel unit includes a storage capacitor. The pixel units on the same row are coupled to the same common electrode line. The common electrode controller units drive the common electrode lines to re-charge each pixel unit via the storage capacitor. The voltage buffer circuits are coupled between the common electrode controller units and the common electrode lines. The voltage buffer circuits are used for maintaining the voltage levels on each of the common electrode lines when each of the pixel units is not in their data writing period.


Patent
AU Optronics Corporation and AU Optronics | Date: 2013-03-01

A display apparatus includes a backlight module, a panel module, and a plurality of double-sided adhesive tapes. The backlight module includes a bezel. The frame has a supporting surface. The panel module includes a glass substrate and a plurality of chips. The glass substrate is disposed on the supporting surface. An edge of the glass substrate has a bonding region. The chips are disposed at the bonding region. The chips and the supporting surface are respectively located at two opposite sides of the glass substrate. The double-sided adhesive tapes are disposed between the supporting surface and the bonding region. Each of the double-sided adhesive tapes is aligned with a gap between two adjacent chips.


Patent
AU Optronics | Date: 2014-08-04

A thin film transistor (TFT) array includes a substrate, a thin film transistor, a first wall, a transparent electrode and a color resist. The thin film transistor is disposed on the substrate. The first wall is disposed on the substrate and separates a first contact hole from a pixel region on the substrate, wherein the first contact hole exposes a drain electrode of the thin film transistor. The first wall has a first sidewall facing towards the first contact hole and a second sidewall facing towards the pixel region, wherein the slope of the first sidewall is gentler than the slope of the second sidewall. The transparent electrode is electrically connected to the drain electrode of the thin film transistor through the first contact hole. The pixel region is filled with the color resist.

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