TAIPEI, March 31 AU Optronics Corp ,
the world's No.4 LCD maker, has won an order to provide flat
panel screens for Apple Inc's iPad 2 tablet, the first
order it has received for the popular device, a local newspaper
reported on Thursday.
The Economic Daily News, citing no sources for its
information, said the panels' selling price will be three to
four times more than regular panels of the same size, giving a
big boost to AU's profit.
AU could ship 30 million of the screens in a year, it said.
The order will take up over half the capacity of its plant in
Taichung, central Taiwan.
Analysts forecast some 1 million iPad 2s may have been sold
in the first weekend of its launch in the United States on March
11. The device went on sale in 25 markets in Europe, Australia
and elsewhere on March 25, drawing long queues outside stores.
(Reporting by Jonathan Standing)