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Chi Lin says OLPC screens on schedule


Chi Lin Technology Co (奇菱科技), a light-emitting diode (LED) panel-making unit of Chi Mei Group (奇美集團), said yesterday that it is shipping slim flat-screens for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project as scheduled.

The OLPC project is producing budget laptops for children in developing countries, with Quanta Computer Inc (廣達電腦) the sole manufacturer of the laptops.

"We started shipping a small volume of flat panel modules for the OLPC project recently after a trial run for children in Libya and other countries involved in the project," Chi Lin chairman Richard Soong (宋光夫) told reporters.

"The project is on schedule. We are getting more excited," Soong said, dismissing speculation that the launch had been delayed.

In April, Quanta said the low-cost laptops would be shipped in the fourth quarter, instead of the third quarter as planned.

Chi Lin makes liquid-crystal-display (LCD) modules, power-saving LED backlights for notebook computers and TVs as well as touch panels for computers and consumer gadgets.

Separately, Soong said the newly created Chi Hsin Electronics Corp (奇信電子) is expected to start operations next month.

Chi Hsin, 67-percent owned by Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp (奇美電子) will make small and medium-sized flat screens for consumer electronics such as mobile phones and digital frames, Soong said.

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