Wistron Lands 3D TV Orders from Vizio

Wistron is said to have recently received 3D TV orders from Vizio who plans to launch related products in 2010 with a consumer-friendly price to compete against Japan-based brands, according to market sources. Both Vizio and Wistron declined to comment.

Wistron sign an agreement with US-based Dynamic Digital Depth (DDD) and paid a license fee of NT$43 million (US$1.34 million) for the rights to use its TriDef 3D technology on notebooks and LCD TVs, the sources noted. Wistron has also invested NT$21 million in DDD and acquired a 15% stake in the company, the sources added.

The sources noted that LCD TV vendors such as Panasonic, Toshiba and Sony are also planning to launch 3D TVs in 2010, while Sony expects 3D TVs to account for up to 50% of its total TV shipments in the fiscal year of 2013 (April 2013 to March 2014).

Shipments of 3D TVs are expected to reach 50 million units in 2012, of which 10 million units will be 3D PDP TVs, and shipments of 3D LCD TVs are expected to reach 40 million units, 20% of the total 200 million LCD TVs forecast for 2012, the sources added.

By Yen-Shyang Hwang and Rebecca Kuo, DigiTimes