Notebook makers suffer screen shortages

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Notebook makers suffer screen shortages

Notebook computer makers are suffering from an industrywide shortage of key components used to make display screens.

IBM, for instance, appears to be facing a shortage of LCD chips that may result in a 30 percent shortfall in its notebook output for August, according to an industry analyst.

Citing “reliable sources,” the analyst says other major notebook PC makers that depend on Hitachi for LCD driver chips may be experiencing similar problems.

A Dell spokesman confirmed that the notebook display shortage is an ongoing, industrywide problem that is expected to continue through the end 1999. Spokesmen at Compaq and IBM claimed separately that their companies are unaware of any significant supply issues.

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