Retina Displays will be ready for iPad 3 launch

Samsung and LG are both working on high resolution display panels which could well find their way into the third-generation of Apple's genre-defining iPad.

LG has already made a name for itself by making the stunning Retina Display featured in the iPhone 4, which at 326 pixels per inch (PPI) exceeds the pixel density discernible by the human eye at half an arm's length, hence the name.

Speculation was rife leading up to the release of the iPad 2 that it would feature a new panel approaching the resolution of the iPhone, but the Retina Display iPad failed to appear.

The Korean company now says it will showcase a full range of 'ultra high resolution' Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) panels ranging from 3.5 inches to 84 inches, and including the all-important 9.7-inch format used in the iPad, at this year's SID (Society for Information Display) event 2011 to be held during May 15 to 20 in Los Angeles.

Samsung will also make an appearance at the event demonstrating its own 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) format PenTile RGBW tablet display, an ultra-high resolution, liquid crystal display (LCD) which the Korean company says is a first for the industry.

"Samsung's PenTile is the only display technology that operates at 40 per cent less power yet provides twice that of Full HD-viewing performance for consumers compared to legacy RGB stripe LCDs. There is no other commercial display technology on the market today that offers this high of a resolution and pixel density in a 10.1-inch size display," said Dr. Sungtae Shin, Senior VP of Samsung Electronics.

Although LG is remaining tight lipped about when its new panels will hit the market, Samsung suggests that commercial availability of its offerings could happen later this year.