Sony to acquire Seiko Epson's LCD ops for free

TOKYO, June 30 Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:23am EDT

TOKYO, June 30 (Reuters) - Sony Corp (6758.T) said on Tuesday it would acquire part of Seiko Epson Corp's (6724.T) small and medium-sized LCD operations by April 2010 for free. Sony said in March it would start talks with Seiko Epson on an alliance in small LCDs and was interested in Seiko Epson's technology and output capacity of amorphous silicon thin-film transistor (TFT) LCDs, known as low-cost displays.

Sony focuses on low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCDs, which offer better picture quality, in the small and medium-sized category.

The addition of amorphous silicon TFT LCDs is expected to boost its competitiveness as a panel supplier and maker of mobile devices with displays, such as cellphones and digital cameras.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka)

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