Yasuo Nakane, an analyst at Japan’s Mizuho Securities, has said that 2020 would be “a realistic timeline” for the newly-merged Foxconn-Sharp to begin producing OLED displays. Sharp has previously researched OLEDs but has concentrated production on LTPS and IGZO technologies.
Sources in Taiwan have separately claimed that Sharp will outsource its volume production to Innolux, a Foxconn company. Sharp will instead focus R&D and production on panels with ‘cutting-edge’ technologies, instead, such as IGZO TFT-LCDs and AMOLEDs. (TA)