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LG: "E-Paper" coming by end of 2010

LG Display Co. of S. Korea, a huge display and touchscreen maker, issued a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today that disclosed some interesting details about its business, including its relationship with Apple.

First, LG said that by the end of this year, the company expects "to commence mass-production of 19-inch flexible e-papers and 9.7-inch color e-papers." (See left) LG has been experimenting with flexible e-paper technology for a couple years now, with the largest to date at 19 inches. The technology basically allows for the reproduction of say, a newspaper, on a thin, flexible digital sheet.

Second, in 2009 and 2010, LG entered into long-term supply agreements with Apple Inc. to supply display panels for five years. LG supplies the LCD panels for Apple's iPad. The Form 6 filing states: "As of June 30, 2010, we have received long-term advances from Apple Inc. in the amount of US$580 million in connection with these agreements, which will be offset as consideration for products supplied to Apple Inc."

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