Future Sony large-sized liquid crystal displays (LCDs) will be
probably made by LG Display, according to sources.
Earlier this week the Korea Times
LG Display was in 'advanced talks' with Sony to supply large-sized
LCDs for the Japanese maker's high-end flat-screen televisions.
"We are negotiating with Sony to expand LCD supplies toward
large-sized ones," LG Display chief executive officer (CEO) Kwon
Young-soo said on the sidelines of a technology forum in Seoul,
although refusing to discuss the details of the talks as the
agreement hasn't been finalized.
LG Display is already providing Sony with LCD panels used for screens
in portable devices and small-to-mid-sized televisions in the 20-
and 30-inch range. However, adding Sony to its list of premium
customers would boost LG Display's attempt to overtake domestic rival
Samsung Electronics for supremacy in the flat-screen industry.
Sony and Samsung have been operating an LCD joint venture in Korea
since 2004. However, it seems that Sony is trying secure a stable LCD
supply for its large-panel TVs form a different source.
LG Display has been a major screen provider for Apple over the past
years by providing the panel of the iPad and the new iPad 2 models.