by Jin S. Kim
DIGITIMES: According to industry sources, of course. Apple is reportedly further evaluating IGZO-based displays for the iPhone, iPad mini, and iPad in 2013. It’s not just Sharp at its Gen. 8 Kameyama No. 2 line, which commenced the production of IGZO LCDs in March 2012 and mass production a month later; AU Optronics (AUO) has its L5C line, too. Innolux may have also licensed IGZO from Sharp and manufacture IGZO LCDs on its Gen. 3 and Gen. 5 lines. So, potentially there’s three IGZO LCD suppliers in 2013: Sharp, AUO, and Innolux. But there might be more. Back on July 20, 2011 Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) licensed patents related to IGZO to Samsung Electronics, but doesn’t mean Samsung is ready to mass manufacture IGZO LCDs. We will have to wait and see. But why IGZO? Imagine a retina iPad mini that’s thinner, lighter, and with a battery life exceeding 12 hours. Now that’s the iPad mini I’d want.