A DigiTimes report published today reveals that Apple is testing new LED backlight products designed to be used in devices like the iPad. LED chip packaging company Everlight Electronics has supplied the Cupertino company with samples of its products for validation, according to the Chinese-language Commecial Times.
Everlight has been supplying Taiwan-based companies with its tablet backlighting LEDs – which boast a brightness of 2,000 millicandelas – since March. Consequently the company saw revenues rise 32.6% in March, with revenues for the first three months of 2011 up 4.3% from 2010.
I believe there are two reasons why Apple may be trying to source a new components supplier for its iPad 2 backlights; either the company is trying to meet the overwhelming demand by expanding its component supply, or it is trying to tackle the backlight bleeding issues early iPad 2 adopters have been reporting.
Many of those that are lucky enough to have gotten their hands on the second generation tablet already have reported issues with light leaking into the device’s display. Known as “backlight bleeding,” the issue is noticeable when the iPad 2 displays a dark image – and a white glow noticeably emanates from the edges.