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LG Dominates Tablet Display Market

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LG has become the prominent supplier of displays for tablets. Large volume contracts with Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble enabled the company to ship 51 percent of tablet display panels in the second quarter of 2011, market research firm IHS estimates.

Samsung Mobile Display, which also supplies Apple with displays as well, follows with 35 percent, and Chimei Innolux, another Apple supplier, with 9 percent. All others shipped just 5 percent of all tablet panels in the second quarter of this year.

“Apple, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble have very different offerings in the media tablet market - but they all depend on LG Display because of its advanced in-plane switching (IPS) display technology,” said Vinita Jakhanwal, senior manager of small and medium displays at IHS. “LG Display’s amorphous silicon LCD panels utilizing IPS technology offer faster response speeds, wide viewing angles up to 179 degrees, and no after image—all while consuming 30 percent less power than conventional LCDs.”

IHS forecasts tablet shipments to climb by 273 percent this year compared to 2010. However, the firm said that display suppliers will have to keep pace with the growing resolution in tablet displays. While 9.x-inch displays currently have a typical pixel density of 132 ppi (1024x768) and 7-inch tablets are at 170 ppi (1024x600), the next 9.x generation and Apple's iPad retina display may exceed 300 ppi, IHS said. "Panel suppliers that cannot meet these exacting display standards or efficiently produce viable displays at such sizes and resolutions will find it very hard to compete in the market," IHS said.

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    Anonymous , December 13, 2011 11:58 AM
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    batkerson , December 13, 2011 12:10 PM
    I thought Sharp was supplying Apple iPhone 4s and the new iPad3 displays? Didn't I read it on Tom's?
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    waylander , December 13, 2011 1:21 PM
    batkersonI thought Sharp was supplying Apple iPhone 4s and the new iPad3 displays? Didn't I read it on Tom's?

    Apple has multiple suppliers for everything, companies have learned in the past that you don't want to "put all your apples in one basket" the hard way. Look at the hdd supply issues we're having now.
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    ikyung , December 13, 2011 2:12 PM
    Well, both the Korean tech giants have been investing ridiculous amount of money in display technology and manufacturing lines in the past decade. The only competition they have remaining is Chinese companies, but then again, who isn't Chinese companies in competition with? They make everything.
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    falchard , December 13, 2011 3:37 PM
    Hey guys you won't believe this, but Samsung and LG make the most display panels. Does it really come as a surprise that LG or Samsung dominate a single aspect of display panels? Is Samsung only shipping 48% of tablet display panels this quarter?