Hitachi, Sony, & Toshiba form joint venture to produce mobile displays
The goal of the joint venture is consolidate the various production lines, allowing them to take advantage of greater economies of scale as they invest in the next generation of mobile device displays. Japanese manufacturers havefaced stiff competition from Korean manufacturers LG and Samsung, as well as Taiwan firms AU Optronics and Chi Mei. Sony recently sold its stake in a joint LCD production venture with Samsung that also produced mobile displays.
In addition to their monetary investments, Panasonic will be supplying a facility to give the new venture a production base. Pending approval by the Japanese government, it is hoped that Japan Display will begin production in 2012.
One technology expected to be in production are Low Temperature Polycrystaline Silicon LCDs (LTPSLCDs). These displays would be faster, have higher pixel density, and consumer less energy than current LCD displays. Rumors have pegged Apple as being interested in LTPS LCDs, and with Apple’s current legal disputes with Samsung they may be looking for other potential partners.
1. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Japanese tigers joining forces to take out the Korean and Taiwanese dragons!
Who will win you ask? Us consumers of course :))
2. cncrim (Posts: 419; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Go Japan... the feature phone will be ultra thin when I see Sony.
3. ph00ny (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Can you imagine Samsung "merging" with LG (more like buying) to fight the japanese "tigers"
5. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
I dont wanna see these companies wasting their innovation and technology on Apple products.