According to a new Digitimes report, the use of IGZO display technology is still in limbo despite Sharps best effort to get it going.
[quote] IGZO has energy-saving advantages in the display industry and is currently being developed mostly by Japan-based Sharp. While some other panel makers have started IGZO R&D, there are few who have invested hefty sums to mass produce the technology. Panel makers as a whole are observing the developments of the technology, and have still yet to fully accept that IGZO will drive panel demand in the future.
Most panel makers are adjusting their existing fabs for IGZO, rather than invest massive sums specifically for the technology due to the current lack of customer demand and unclear future prospects for the technology. Panel makers are also unsure as to whether they have the capital to make such investments as well. Thus, it can be said that IGZO has not fully been accepted by panel makers as a major technological trend in the market, and panel makers will have to wait to see what kind of customer demands unfold in the future.
Meanwhile, industry sources said Apple is rumored to be considering using IGZO in its the next-generation iPad mini, which, if true, may sprout demand heavily later in 2013.[/quote]