Apple Acquires Qualcomm’s Mirasol Display Lab In Taiwan
Following recent reports that Apple has been working on their very own GPU for mobile and tablet devices, a new piece of information has emerged from Bloomberg. This report claims that the tech giant has now taken over Qualcomm’s Interferometric Modulator Displays (IMOD) Mirasol lab in Taiwan aiming to “make products thinner, lighter, brighter and more energy-efficient.”
After the acquisition, the lab reportedly has at least 50 engineers, many of whom already worked there as part of Qualcomm while new ones include talent from AU Optronics Corp. The lab now features no signage, but Bloomberg reported that the reception area features an Apple logo and an iMac “displaying Apple’s standard visitor registration screen.”
While this may not have any impact on the general display market (or it might) it definitely spells good things for Apple devices which currently use LCD screens in Macs and iOS devices and OLED ones for Apple Watch.
The Mirasol display created by Qualcomm in the same lab uses an entirely different technology from conventional backlist LCDs and OLED as it uses an array of microscopic mirror-like elements that reflect lights of specific colors.
Like OLED, it doesn’t require a backlight. It also only uses energy when being being switched on or off; once an image is created, it requires no power to refresh or retain it, similar to E-Ink displays used in e-readers like the Kindle. IMOD also retains full visibility under sunlight which is amazing thing to have for smartphones.
Throughout 2015, Apple said it acquired 15 companies, but the identity of at least 6 of these are not known. Regarding the identity of its acquisitions, Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has noted “some of which we’ll try to keep quiet and some of which seems to be impossible to keep quiet.”