updated 09:40 am EST, Wed December 8, 2010
Suggests little change in display tech
Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Coretronic has joined the supply chain for the second-generation iPad, a local report says. The company will allegedly be supplying BLUs -- backlighting units -- to two companies, Chimei Innolux and LG Display. Coretronic is said to be Chimei's only BLU supplier for the second-gen iPad, while LG Display is getting backlights from both Coretronic and another firm, Radiant Opto-Electronics.
If Coretronic meets Digitimes' expectations, it will start shipping parts sometime in the first quarter of 2011, in time for completed tablets to roll out at the end of that period. Another recent report suggested that the new iPad will actually ship slightly later, in April, which would parallel the original device's release date. Some 400,000 to 600,000 iPads could be manufactured in an initial run.
The use of backlighting panels indicates that Apple is not making any fundamental changes to the iPad's display. The company could conceivably have gone with AMOLED, which doesn't rely on backlighting. The present iPad uses an IPS-style LCD with LED backlighting.