Foxconn's investment in Sharp yields new iPhone display plant

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Foxconn plans to use its newfound partnership with Sharp to build a new plant in China that will produce screens for Apple's iPhone.

Foxconn will build a new plant that will assemble iPhone displays in Chengdu, China, and Sharp will receive tens of billions of yen in fees to assist in the project, according to Reuters. The deal expands the partnership between the two companies, after Foxconn bought a 10 percent stake in Sharp in March worth $808 million.

Thursday's report indicated that Foxconn's new Chengdu plant will produce displays for a number of consumer electronics products, but the only one singled out by name was Apple's iPhone. Foxconn is Apple's main assembly partner, responsible for nearly all of its devices including the iPhone, iPad and Macs.

Sharp's partnership with Foxconn will reportedly improve "quality management" at the new facility. In addition to the new agreement, Foxconn already owns a 46.48 percent stake in Sharp's liquid crystal manufacturing plant in Sakai, Japan, a facility said to be the most advanced in the nation.

Prior to aligning with Foxconn, Sharp was pushing its own display technology made of indium, gallium, and zinc, and known as IGZO. Last year, rumors suggested Apple would use IGZO technology for the Retina display on the third-generation iPad, but this year it was reported that the screen specification could not meet Apple's rigorous standards.

Last year, Sharp was also promoting its own p-Si LCD technology, which the company was said to be gearing up for a 2012 debut. The liquid crystal display technology features low-temperature poly-silicon technology that would allow for thinner and lighter screens that consume less power than traditional LCDs.

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Foxconn's partnership with Sharp has been viewed by industry watchers as a strategic move for both companies to increase their roles in Apple's supply chain. One of Apple's current main suppliers is Samsung, which is also a fierce competitor in the smartphone, tablet and PC markets.

The Foxconn-Sharp deal also quickly prompted speculation that the two companies could be aligning to produce IGZO displays for an anticipated Apple television. Some rumors have suggested that a full-fledged television set from Apple could launch as soon as the end of this year.

Separately, Sharp announced on Thursday that its subsidiary that operates its Sakai, Japan, plant will buy back a 7 percent stake in the company currently owned by Sony. The agreement will end the partnership between the two display makers.

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  • Reply 1 of 3
    aizmovaizmov Posts: 988member
    Good. Stick to Samsung.
  • Reply 2 of 3
    sockrolidsockrolid Posts: 2,788member

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    Foxconn's partnership with Sharp has been viewed by industry watchers as a strategic move for both companies to increase their roles in Apple's supply chain.


     



     


    Cheap Foxconn labor and real estate plus industry-leading Sharp technology = big win for Apple.


     


     


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    One of Apple's current main suppliers is Samsung, which is also a fierce competitor in the smartphone, tablet and PC markets.





     


     


    This is just the start of the Apple - Samsung split.  Apple already ditched Samsung as a supplier of DRAM, going with Elpida Memory Inc. (in Japan).


    Apple has already done trial manufacturing runs with TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) for A6 and later chips.  


    Samsung will soon lose that business from Apple as well.


     


    Courtroom battles over look-and-feel and trade dress patents are one thing.


    Cutting off billions in contracts is another thing.  And boy does it hurt.


     


    Samsung's stock valuation dropped $10 billion just from the Elpida DRAM contract announcement.  And that was just a warning shot.


    Just imagine how far it will drop when Apple dumps their Samsung screens and SoC contracts as well.
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    hmmhmm Posts: 3,405member

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    Good. Stick to Samsung.


    LG was doing the iphone panels you moron.


     


    I should probably add something more meaningful to this post. Anyway I recall the iphone still using IPS which tends to be primarily LG. I doubt this is an effort to break away from Samsung, and really the animosity just shows how easily some of you are led by narratives. Sharp isn't anywhere near as big in computer displays. They do other things, but if it's a good match as far as co-development, there's no reason not to pursue it. I really doubt this is anything personal. It could have just been a good match for Apple. 

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