Foxconn and Sharp Enter Partnership to Advance LCD Technology

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Sharp today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Foxconn/Hon Hai Precision, seeking to stabilize its own financial situation and fund investments to continue pushing LCD technology forward.

    Foxconn is of course Apple's primary manufacturing partner for many of its products, while Sharp was reportedly responsible for the Retina display technology in the new iPad. But production difficulties at Sharp have resulted in the company delaying its entry into the supply chain for the iPad display as Samsung and LG have ramped their own production.
    Sharp and various Foxconn-related entities will split Sharp's existing ownership share of the cutting edge LCD plant in Sakai, while Sony will retain its 7% stake in the plant. On the corporate side, Sharp is issuing over 120 million new shares that will give Foxconn-related entities a roughly 10% ownership stake in Sharp with their investment of over $800 million.


    While Apple is not directly related in the partnership developments, closer ties between Foxconn and Sharp could help speed and streamline the development and adoption of new technologies that could make their way into Apple's products.

    Article Link: Foxconn and Sharp Enter Partnership to Advance LCD Technology
  2. 2bikes macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    Paving the road towards an iTV (which will not be called iTV)?
  3. shartypants macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2010
    That's great, retina for MacBook Pro please!!
  4. camnchar macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2006
    SLC, Utah
    Hopefully this will decrease Apple's reliance on Samsung somewhere down the line.
  5. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
  6. BeachChair macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2008
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I'm sure Apple are happy about this. They seem to have taken a liking to Sharp. It is their hedge against Samsung.
  7. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    i want less power consumption, more ppi and thinner displays.
  8. kyjaotkb macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2009
    London, UK
    Retina display for all Mac products !

    I'm quite understanding they didn't go with OLED just now - I think the technology still needs to prove itself :
    - viable (no anticipated death of blue subpixels)
    - and color-realistic (photo pros use the Mac a lot, it would be a PITA to sell them over-saturated OLEDs on their computers)...

    Meanwhile my dream Apple TV would have a Plasma panel... Like that of the Panny VT50. I guess that's just a dream...
  9. fruitycups macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2011
    Wirelessly posted

    Not good for samsung. They need to get their act together.
  10. lilo777 macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    Yeas, because Foxconn can really help Sharp improve their LCD technology, right? Foxconn is only known for labor intensive low tech assembly lines.
  11. realeric macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    LG got $1 billion pre-order from Apple (yesterday news), Foxconn invested $0.8 billion in Sharp(today news). What will be the tomorrow's news?
  12. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    Samsung is fine. They aren't going anywhere.
  13. sk8ordie macrumors regular


    Nov 16, 2007
    Yep, I smell an apple television set.
  14. Funkymonk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2011
    Samsung screens are superior to sharp and lg. I'm glad I have Sammy screen on my iPad.
  15. TheBronx macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2012
    we can rebuild it, we have the technology :D
  16. tigress666 macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State
    Heh, I've always liked Sharp.

    Unlike some people on here, I'd feel much better if Apple used Sharp over Samsung. But not cause of all the sue case, I just like Sharp products better. In general with their stuff I've always had good experiences with quality and longevity as well. And honestly Samsung products for some reason always seemed to me to be second tier products when you didn't want to pay top dollar. Where as Sharp you seemed to get as good as top dollar but since they didn't have quite the name you didn't pay it.
  17. GenesisST, Mar 27, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012

    GenesisST macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    Yes, they will but some shrubs between them and Samsung! ;)
  18. Macman45 macrumors demi-god


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    A Retina MBP? Would I? Probably, a 15" Retina would be very nice indeed, and the large 17" screen I have now would not be nesscary. This also seems to indicate that rumours of the itv, or whatever they choose to call it is becoming a distinct possibility...Intersting times.
  19. Wang Foolio macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2010
    Sharp/Samsung superiority depends entirely on the product.

    People with Samsung screens in laptops/tablets/phones seem to be better off, but in terms of TV sized panels, my friends with new mid-high end Samsung models don't have nearly the same picture quality as my sister's two gorgeous Sharp Quattron TV's. Makes my 2010 Aquos look like garbage :p
  20. faroZ06 macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2009
    Good thing I just sold my 30" Cinema Display!
  21. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Funny, I already have one. At a normal viewing distance, my eyes are unable to resolve individual pixels.

    Amazing, isn't it? Or is it that "retina" depends heavily on viewing distance?
  22. bigpics macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2002
    Rockland County, New York
    Sharp? Samsung? Well we know what kind of threat Samsung poses to Apple as a direct competitor in multiple spaces, and they've a way to go, but have made strides, while Sharp poses little. However.....

    ....Looking down the longer road (and having seen what Asian "sub-manufacturers" who started off with "labor intensive low tech assembly lines" eventually did to many once American industries, e.g., TV, auto-making), I'm more and more concerned that Foxconn may turn out to be "the fox in Apple's henhouse."

    He who lives by the outside supplier......
  23. BMNB1tch macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2009
    buh bye Samsung!

    say hello to the neu appleTV!
  24. i8020 macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2012

    Didn't Apple invest in Sharp plants last year?

    Tim Cook was/is just visiting China ...

    ... wonder who was financing and forging this alliance?

  25. Exotic-Car Man macrumors regular

    Exotic-Car Man

    Oct 29, 2010

    There already is a new technology for LCD; it's called LED, and I believe LED displays are in every device that has a monitor/screen that Apple sells. Why doesn't Sharp concentrate on streamlining LED production to bring the price of that down? LED is still a relatively new technology that is pricy compared to LCD.

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