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Qualcomm Plans $1B Mirasol Factory in Taiwan

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 7:05am
Maisie Ramsay

Qualcomm will spend nearly $1 billion over the next year on a new factory in Taiwan for its Mirasol displays, the country's Ministry of Economic Affairs said today.

According to the ministry's announcement, the 17-acre facility will be located in the Hsinchu Science Park and will be used to manufacture small and medium size Mirasol displays. The ministry did not say when the plant will open.

The highly reflective, low-power displays use micro-electromechanical (MEMS) technology instead of backlighting and can be viewed in direct sunlight. The displays are designed for use in eReaders and handsets.

Qualcomm currently has a dedicated Mirasol plant in the Longtan's Science Park in Taoyuan, Taiwan, through an agreement with Foxlink. The facility is dedicated to manufacturing Mirasol displays on generation 4.5 glass.

Qualcomm announced in February 2009 that it was working with LG to begin the development of cell phones using Mirasol displays. The company showcased a Mirasol handset from Cal-Comp Electronics at Mobile World Congress in 2009.

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