Tuesday, April 20, 2010

iPad 2G to use OLED Screen

Consumer giant Apple is expected to use OLED panels for its next generation iPad device according to sources in Taiwan who have pegged its release date for 2011.

According to Digitimes, companies working in the component industry reckon that Apple will opt for the more energy efficient and better quality technology as prices may drop significantly by next year.

However, one of Digitimes own analyst says that 2011 is too early for the release of an OLED-based Apple iPad. Mingchi Kuo quotes the current price of a 9.7-inch OLED panel of $500, more than eight times the $60-odd an equivalent LCD panel costs.

Many current LCD manufacturers have invested massively in OLED research and development; furthermore big guns like Koreans Chaebols Samsung and LG have pulled out their checkbooks to buy additional manufacturing capacity or OLED companies altogether.

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