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Sharp and LG Display LCDs finally meet new iPad standards

Sharp and LG Display LCDs finally meet new iPad standards

iPad Retina Display suppliers Sharp and LG Display have each begun shipping components to Apple, insiders claim, though they remain minority players in comparison to heavyweight Samsung. Both firms failed to meet Apple's exacting standards first time around, DigiTimes' sources say, but each firm will ramp up shipments in Q2 2012 and further reduce the new iPad bottleneck.

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Sharp reveals 2012 AQUOS TV lineup

Sharp reveals 2012 AQUOS TV lineup

The folks at Sharp are this week revealing their 2012 lineup for televisions and it's the AQUOS brand they'll be sticking with for units ranging from a modest 42-inches all the way up to the gigantic 80-inch flagships. This lineup will bring the 5 and 6-series AQUOS LCD TVs with the relatively small 42-inch LC-42LE540U at $900 up to the 70-inch LC-70LE640U which will ring in at $3,000. Up on the higher end side of things you'll see the flagship 80-inch LC-80LE844U 3D TV for just a bit more: $6,000 MSRP.

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Two AU Optronics executives convicted of LCD panel price fixing

Two AU Optronics executives convicted of LCD panel price fixing

In December 2006, various LCD suppliers were found guilty of anti-competitive practices, and eventually paid $890 million in fines for being caught out. A similar payout happened in December 2011, with five companies, including Samsung and Sharp, having to pay $553 million due to their involvment in price fixing display panels for computer monitors, TVs, and laptops. Now, two executives from AU Optronics have been found guilty of price fixing displays over a five-year period.

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New iPad stock shortage fueled by Sharp display delay

New iPad stock shortage fueled by Sharp display delay

Apple's new iPad will launch using only LG Display and Samsung Retina Display panels this Friday, it's claimed, with Sharp's LCD production unable to meet the Cupertino company's demand. In fact, according to the WSJ's source, Sharp is yet to deliver a single panel to Apple's third-gen iPad production lines, after encountering unforeseen problems meeting the tightly managed hardware requirements in place. Launch-day stock of the new iPad is already constrained, with current online pre-orders listing a 2-3 week delay before delivery can be expected.

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Sharp AQUOS Freestyle battery-powered HDTV is truly wireless

Sharp AQUOS Freestyle battery-powered HDTV is truly wireless

Normally when thinking about portable TVs, you think about tiny screens and bulky plastic - not so in the case of Sharp's AQUOS Freestyle line. All three televisions can display full 1080p video via a wireless base station, but the smallest - and in this case, the most interesting - can run even without a power cable. The 20-inch HDTV includes a built-in battery.

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Apple rejects Sharp from iPad 3 screen supply shortlist tip insiders

Apple rejects Sharp from iPad 3 screen supply shortlist tip insiders

Apple has reportedly rejected Sharp from its iPad 3 display supply chain, insiders suggest, because the company's panels for the third-gen iOS tablet simply weren't up to scratch. Samsung and LG Display have taken the lead roles in supplying Apple with what are expected to be high-resolution 2048 x 1536 screens for its imminent tablet, ETNews reports, after Sharp failed to secure approval from the Cupertino company for mass production.

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Samsung, Sharp, and other LCD makers paying $553 million to settle price fixing claims

Samsung, Sharp, and other LCD makers paying $553 million to settle price fixing claims

LCD makers Samsung, Sharp and five other manufacturers have agreed to pay $553 million to settle a multi-state class action lawsuit accusing the companies of price fixing. The lawsuit alleged that the companies conspired to inflate prices for LCD displays used in TVs, notebook computers, and computer monitors between 1996 and 2006.

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Sharp unveils thinnest CMOS camera module for smartphones

Sharp unveils thinnest CMOS camera module for smartphones

As the smartphones that we all know and love get thinner, the components inside the device must get thinner too. Super thin smartphones like the Droid Razr for instance can benefit from things like even thinner camera sensors. Sharp has a new camera sensor for the smartphone market that it hails as the thinnest CMOS camera sensor launched.

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Sharp may supply Apple iPad 3 LCDs, already supplying iPhone displays

Sharp may supply Apple iPad 3 LCDs, already supplying iPhone displays

Sharp has long been rumored to be a runner up as a major display supplier for Apple and now new reports suggest that the company has successfully won the bid and has already been supplying screens for Apple's iPhones. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the WSJ reveals that Sharp will be supplying Apple's next-gen iPads with LCD screens that are manufactured at Sharp's Kameyama No. 2 plant in central Japan.

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Apple iTV in 2012 with Sharp screens says analyst

Apple iTV in 2012 with Sharp screens says analyst

Sharp is not only providing iPad 3 "Retina Display" panels but HDTV screens for the upcoming "iTV" Apple television, analysts suggest, with the much-anticipated push into the living room tipped to arrive as early as mid-2012. The panel supplier is the beneficiary of Apple's attempts to shift dependence away from Samsung, according to a Jefferies & Co. research note cited by Bloomberg, with Apple tipped to take control of a full Sharp production line to produce custom amorphous TFT panels.

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Sharp Galapagos 7-inch WiMAX tablet launches

Sharp Galapagos 7-inch WiMAX tablet launches

Back in September, we reported that Sharp had killed off its 10.8-inch and 5.5-inch Galapagos tablets. When the tablets were axed there was still a 7-inch version coming that Sharp hoped would be able to generate more interest than those other two tablets did. That new 7-inch tablet has now been spied and it has some nice features.

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LightSquared and Sharp team up for smartphone and tablet development

LightSquared and Sharp team up for smartphone and tablet development

Sharp has some pretty cool smartphones and tablets, sadly most of that stuff never makes it to the US for geeks to try out. LightSquared is a company that is new to the US and is looking to offer a nationwide 4G network at wholesale prices. That means no direct to consumer sales. Perhaps the tie up with Sharp will mean that more of the cool Sharp devices will come stateside.

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