A few hours ago finally appeared the confirmation of an agreement that had been brewing for some time: Foxconn has done with Sharp, why It will pay a total of $ 6,200 million.
Time ago that Sharp was going through a difficult phase to operating and financial level, and after several offers by the famous Taiwanese manufacturer, the agreement finally has been reached. Foxconn is now done with Sharp technology especially in the field of panels for mobile devices, and If there is a great additional benefit of the agreement, that is Apple. It can be that the main motivation for Foxconn for investing this huge amount of money in the operation that has been precisely.
Screens, screens and more screens
Sharp technology takes time in the mobility segment, but in reality their panels take advantage in other many devices. A good example is the Dell XPS 13 and 15, whose screens IGZO powered by Infinity Display and the frames of such small dimensions are precisely Japanese corporate responsibility.
As we stated in our analysis of the newly refurbished Dell XPS 13 how Interestingly those tiny frames had not been used by any other manufacturer on the market, and the agreement of Foxconn and Sharp precisely indicates that in a hypothetical future also We could see them for example in future MacBook, something if we take into account the obsession for design that usually govern in devices of this manufacturer.
But where it is evident that Sharp has a very important position in these displays for mobile devices. Time ago that Apple tries to remarkable improvements in these parts, and for example we saw how his interest in Sapphire screens eventually cost him some other annoyance After the failure of its partnership with GT Advanced Technologies.
The Cupertino company did not stay there, however, and precisely presented the 3D Force Touch and Touch technologies as keys to their smartwatches and their new smartphones in the past year. However the next step seems to be equally ambitious, and already speaks of the intention of Apple integrate technology OLED on the screens of the iPhone.
Foxconn is gaining ground to Samsung as supplier of components of Apple
This ambition of Apple seems to It could have not one, but two girlfriends: the charge of making this type of screens OLED could be both Foxconn – now that it has the resources of Sharp – such as Samsung, which also has known that he has made a strong investment in order to also be able to develop this technology in mobile devices.
Apple, however, seem to not wanting to rely on the South Korean manufacturer for the production of various components on their smartphones: recent rumors suggest that the strategic alliance that Apple and Samsung maintained in terms for example of microprocessors – even if they are enemies rage in the field of high-end mobile phones – It could be doomed to an end. The Electronic Times revealed just a few days that Apple would have selected TSMC as the only manufacturer in the future chips Apple A10.
That could remove Samsung from an equation that had been previously, since it was jointly responsible with TSMC’s manufacturing of the Apple A9. Did not happen the same with the A8 Apple, if produced from unique and massively by TSMC, and though to have two partners in manufacturing may be good idea to have a plan B in case one of the two does not comply with the requirements, it seems that in Apple want to close the door any alliance with Samsung.
This strategy would be consolidated with the purchase of Sharp, and in fact the rumors that appeared to reveal is that Foxconn could acquire Sharp contained data on the potential participation of capital from Apple and/or the participation of Apple executives on the Board of Directors of Sharp after operation.
He has not confirmed anything about, but the reality is that the Sharp in Kameyama No. 1 plant is specifically intended to make screens of Apple’s mobile devices. The firm already invested almost US $ 1,000 billion to convert the plant – which were made HDTV panels – in a factory of production of LCD screens, and now it seems clear that the Foxconn movement is aimed at that both the Sharp talent as the production capacity of the Japanese giant den a new competitive advantage to an Apple that certainly seems involved in the operation.
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