updated 10:30 am EDT, Wed April 21, 2010
Prime View involved in both Kindle and iPad
The same company that makes the E Ink displays is also involved in making the iPad's screen, according to a statement made Wednesday (subscription required). Prime View International (PVI), whose E Ink division makes screens for the Kindle and Nook, said its sub-label Hydis was responsible for developing the in-plane switching (IPS) panel technology crucial to the wide viewing angles with Apple's tablet. LG Display is believed responsible for actually manufacturing the finished screen and signed a deal with PVI in December.
The connection lets PVI hedge its bets in the e-reader and tablet markets. Publicly, it has often expressed a preference for e-paper due to its reduced eye strain and advances it's making towards color and video support. Any erosion of E Ink's market by the iPad, however, would still benefit PVI by giving Hydis added business.
Apple hasn't confirmed the deals and doesn't normally divulge which companies supply its individual components. It did recently strike a $500 million deal with LG Display to produce screens across its lineup.