Toshiba wins contract to produce iPhone LCDs

Toshiba wins contract to produce iPhone LCDs

Summary: Toshiba has won a major contract to produce LCD panels for the iPhone and will spend about US$1.19 billion to build a new fabrication plant to produce upwards of 8M panels per month for Apple.

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Reuters (via the Nikkei business daily) reports that Toshiba Corp has won a major contract to produce LCD panels for the iPhone. According to the piece, Toshiba will spend about US$1.19 billion to build a new fabrication plant to produce the panels for Apple.

The company's wholly owned unit, Toshiba Mobile Display Co, will construct the facility in Ishikawa prefecture and the plant will churn out low-temperature polysilicon LCD panels, which allow for high-resolution images, the paper said.

Work on the plant is scheduled start early next year, with the production due to begin in the second half of 2011. Toshiba Mobile Display currently makes 8.55 million low-temperature polysilicon LCD panels per month at a similar facility and is projected to double that capacity with the new factory.

Topics: Toshiba, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility

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  • Wow so iphones gonna stick with LCD huh... thats disappointing...

    but i guess theyve done their research and know what their users will tolerate...
    Johnny Vegas
    • What were you expecting?

      A breakthrough where they can make screens out of chocolate?
      zkiwi
      • RE: Toshiba wins contract to produce iPhone LCDs

        @zkiwi
        I think Jonny Vegas was meaning they are sticking with LCD instead of going for the OLED.
        And tbh I agree with him, they should be OLED.
        But who knows, in two years time, the plant may actually be set up to make them as well.
        Will T
      • Or...

        You can read the bit where Toshiba is kind of denying they're building the plant. Or, there's the bit about retina working better the way it is. Or, there's the bit where zdnet just pumps out another blog by way of cut 'n paste with little thought.

        The plant may as well be going to exist and make the stuff out of chocolate considering how zdnet carries the story.
        zkiwi
    • Compare them side by side... Retina is better

      @Johnny Vegas
      Hold the best current OLED phone screens next to the LCD Retina display on the iPhone 4. There isn't an OLED that can match it, so why take a step backwards?

      You're right about one thing, Apple knows what their users will tolerate and those users wouldn't tolerate taking a step backwards in quality just so they could say they have an OLED display. Mindlessly wanting the latest buzzword technology when it is actually a step backward just makes no sense.
      BillDem
      • RE: Toshiba wins contract to produce iPhone LCDs

        @BillDem What about brighter, better contract ratio, and lower power consumption?

        Have you try taken out a Samsung Galaxy S (SuperAMOLED is based on OLED technology) and iPhone and compare them under the sunlight? Galaxy S definitely looks better than the iPhone, let alone in the dimly lit environment.
        Samic
  • RE: Toshiba wins contract to produce iPhone LCDs

    Why ought anyone care what technology is in the screen if the screen is super sharp, bright and beautiful. That is what it is supposed to be and it is as well as not draining the battery badly. The iPhone is clearly doing rather well in the market and if this factory is supposed to ramp up to 8 million a day...One can say,Apple has expectations all right.
    nfiertel
  • Why Do All The Trolls Come Here?

    They could hang out at the article titled "Windows Phone 7's disappointing app sales reality", But Noooo, they come to here instead.
    yobtaf
  • RE: Toshiba wins contract to produce iPhone LCDs

    Great! NOT!
    james347
  • RE: Toshiba wins contract to produce iPhone LCDs

    From a practical standpoint the iPhone's LCD is superior to the Samsung OLED screens. It has better color accuracy, improve efficiency, and most importantly higher resolution. If you pick up an AMOLED device after seeing the Retina display, the difference in pixelation is immediately apparent. It's close, real close, but right now the Retina display is still better. Problem is, LCD has just about reached its zenith at this point.
    Playdrv4me