Sony May Be Outsourcing High-End LCDs and Google TV

Posted Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 11:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward

Foxconn Electronics and Wistron will be taking up the job.

It's good news if you're a fan of inexpensive electronics, but almost certainly bad if quality is at the top of your list. Sony is said to be outsourcing manufacturing of high-end LCD sets to Wistron and Foxconn, both companies based in Taiwan.

There's definitely a taboo around the idea of outsourced manufacturing, and the recent wave of suicides at Foxconn definitely doesn't bode well. Conditions have improved at Foxconn recently though, as the iPhone manufacturer has raised wages significantly.

According to DigiTimes, Foxconn will be making 15-18 million high-end LCDs including ultra thin frameless models. Wistron, which started as the manufacturing wing of Acer, will be handling the Sony Internet TV.

By 2011, around 50 percent of Sony's HDTV output will be outsourced and the other half made in-house.

Source: DigiTimes via Engadget

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