Apple preps next-gen ‘system on glass’ tech for iPhone 6

27 Apr 2011

Apple has reportedly signed a deal with Sharp to introduce a new thinner and lighter LCD display technology known as low-temperature poly silicon in the iPhone 6, which is expected to debut in 2012.

The new LCD technology for the iPhone 6 allows for thinner and lighter screens that consume less power than traditional LCD screens, according to Apple Insider.

Meanwhile, indications are that the next iPhone to hit the market, the white iPhone 4 is due to make an appearance worldwide today and the next device to follow, the iPhone 5, will commence manufacturing in July with a view to introducing it to the marketplace in September. The iPhone 5 is expected to look very much like the iPhone 4 but will contain Apple’s A5 dual-core processor.

The poly silicon technology (p-Si LCD) contains a thin film transistor (TFT) screen made of polycrystalline silicon which enables display drivers to be mounted directly on the glass substrate.

Japanese newspaper Nikkan reports that Sharp has already commenced the preparation of manufacturing equipment at its Kameyama Plant Number 1, which is primarily used to build LCD televisions.

System on glass devices

The new technology allows technology manufacturers to build “system on glass” devices which puts the electronics into the glass substrate and removes the need for bulky components.

The technology also promises more vivid displays on screens because of a higher aperture ratio.

Think about the future of phones and TVs consisting of thin, bendable devices that consume little power but contain all the electronics in the glass display.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years