Samsung Could be the Sole Supplier of the iPad Retina Display

It appears that Samsung is the sole provide of Retina displays for the new iPad. The report comes from Bloomberg that said:

Samsung Electronics Co. will supply the touch screen for Apple Inc.’s new iPad after LG Display Co. and Sharp Corp didn’t meet the U.S. company’s quality requirements, according to an analyst with iSuppli. Samsung, the world’s top flat-panel maker, currently is the sole vendor of the display for the 9.7-inch device, said Vinita Jakhanwal, a senior manager at iSuppli, a unit of Englewood, Colorado-based IHS Inc.

The challenge was said to be too great at the moment for LG Display or Sharp which left Samsung as the main supplier at the moment. This of course might change in the near future if the other companies do manage to create a screen to the certain specifications needed.

As well as creating the retina display for the new iPad, Samsung also builds the new A5X processor which is a dual-core chip with quad-core graphics. This chip is needed as the A5 found in the iPad 2 simply doesn’t have enough power to keep the 4x pixel density moving smoothly.

Update: Sharp seems to have originally planned to ship the displays in December but due to problems, they were running late. Next month is now rumoured to be a time when the iPad will also get Sharp displays.


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