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Intel, Dell Rumored to Sink Money Into Sharp

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Rumors that Intel could be dropping a lot of cash to get its hands on Sharp's display technology are picking up speed.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Dell could be joining Intel in investing up to $240 million in Sharp, while reports coming out of Japan suggest that Intel could be sinking up to $500 million into the display maker. Qualcomm is also believed to be in talks to get a stake in Sharp in return for a sizable amount of cash.

It is widely know that Sharp is in financial trouble. On November 20, Sharp said that it expects to report yet another "extraordinary loss" for the current third quarter ending on December 31.Cnet quoted the company stating that "Sharp is in circumstances in which material doubt about its assumed going concern is found."

However, Sharp has low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) and IGZO display technologies that are critical to the entertainment and PC industry, especially in a time when we expect displays to make a generational leap with much higher resolutions beyond 1080p. An investment from Intel as well as other PC vendors into Sharp, could easily be justified as necessary founding to protect their future business.

 

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    ddpruitt , December 3, 2012 12:37 PM
    Tomfreakprotect against Apple?


    No, to protect against losing one of the largest display makers, which protects against a sudden drop in supply, which protects against a sudden increase in PC prices. Which would hurt companies like Intel and Dell. Not every article relates to Apple.

    Thinking, apparently it's harder for most people.
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    tomfreak , December 3, 2012 12:33 PM
    Quote:
    An investment from Intel as well as other PC vendors into Sharp, could easily be justified as necessary founding to protect their future business.

    protect against Apple?
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    ddpruitt , December 3, 2012 12:37 PM
    Tomfreakprotect against Apple?


    No, to protect against losing one of the largest display makers, which protects against a sudden drop in supply, which protects against a sudden increase in PC prices. Which would hurt companies like Intel and Dell. Not every article relates to Apple.

    Thinking, apparently it's harder for most people.
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    Anonymous , December 3, 2012 12:55 PM
    ddpruittNo, to protect against losing one of the largest display makers, which protects against a sudden drop in supply, which protects against a sudden increase in PC prices. Which would hurt companies like Intel and Dell. Not every article relates to Apple.Thinking, apparently it's harder for most people.


    Who spat in your coffee?
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    friskiest , December 3, 2012 12:58 PM
    Hopefully, those investments goes into good use, what IGZO technology from SHARP bring is something that will greatly benefit PC users, especially for productive tasks or just gaming enthusiast. Can't wait to see 4K monitors in 27-32" monitors.
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    nforce4max , December 3, 2012 1:23 PM
    I've been drooling over that 8K TV that NHK has :o 
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    digiex , December 3, 2012 1:36 PM
    Better than the Chinese...
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    Wisecracker , December 3, 2012 3:33 PM

    Oh, myyyyyyy ....

    (Thank you, George)

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    Camikazi , December 3, 2012 5:19 PM
    WisecrackerOh, myyyyyyy ....(Thank you, George)

    Damn you, I read that in his voice.
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    ELMO_2006 , December 3, 2012 8:17 PM
    Quote:
    Cnet quoted the company stating that "Sharp is in circumstances in which material doubt about its assumed going concern is found."


    Run on adverbs, seriously??!?!?!?