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iPad 9.7-inch LCD Panel Shipments Reach 48 Million Units in 2011

The growing demand for tablets last year, primarily Apple's iPads, pushed the global shipments of 9.7 inch panels to reach 48 million units in 2011.

According to the majority (54%) of these shipments came from LG Display, while Apple's key partner, and at the same time patent lawsuit enemy, Samsung Electronics supplied 40% of the displays needed for the iPad's worldwide expansion. The remaining 6% was ensured by Chimei Innolux Corp.

The article published a few days ago cites the latest report by DisplaySearch, the global leader in display market research. The report also states that XGA LCD panels with a resolution of 1024X768 pixels and a brightness of 400 nits, appreciated for their IPS or FFS technology allowing a wide viewing angle, accounted for the most part of these orders.

QXGA models on the other hand, with their impressive resolution of 2048x1536, said to be used in the iPad 3, contributed "only a few" to the total shipment volume. The DisplaySearch report also revealed an intriguing evolution of Apple display orders.

While the shipment trend was rising in the first three quarters and reached a record 6 million units in September, then the shipment volume of dropped drastically in the holiday quarter. In November for instance, Apple ordered only one million panels for its iPads, the report states.