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Sharp starts production for smartphone LCD panels

Posted: 03 Oct 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smartphones? LCD panels? CG-Silicon?

Sharp recently announced that initial production for its 5-inch HD LCD smartphone panels has started last week at Kameyama Mie Plant No. 3, which primarily produces LCD TV panels. Full-scale production will commence next month.

At full HD, the 1,080 x 1,920 panels will feature a pixel density of 443 ppi, designed using CG-Silicon technology which was jointly developed by Sharp and Semiconductor Energy Laboratory. This latest production process enables the LCD panels to "achieve the same number of pixels in smartphone-size screen as there are in a full-HD LCD TV," according to the company release.

Sharp, along with LG, were the main suppliers tasked by Apple to provide screens for the iPhone 5. The latest iPhone model reportedly sold close to 5 million in its first weekend on sale, which still fell below expectations. Some analysts speculate that this may have been due to stock shortage at major retail outlets.

The shortage may have been caused by a hiccup in Sharp's production as it struggled to curb defects in the new in-cell screens, ultimately delaying shipments prior to the iPhone 5 debut. Sharp responded by releasing a statement that it is making "adequate volumes" of displays.

The Japanese electronics firm is no stranger to controversy as of late. Just last week it was offered yet another loan by two major Tokyo financial institutions so long as it agrees to spin off TV assembly facilities abroad that are performing poorly and ultimately close down its solar panel businesses in the U.S. and Europe (See Report: Sharp to receive $2.7 billion bailout.) Sharp also announced it will enforce increased pay cuts for managers and rank and file employees in hopes of saving about $180 million in personnel costs for the 2012 fiscal year. (See Sharp increases pay cuts to pare down costs.)

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