Yep, Mike, but the dollar amount was insignificant. I think Sharp's plan is to get a few companies that are committed strategically to its success.
As an aside, one "fact" about IGZO is that it was supposed to cheaper than existing backplanes and make LCD more competitive but more importantly help scale OLED. As we sit on the cusp of 2013, IGZO is in use barely at all by Sharp, which is basically going hat in hand trying to convince key players in mobile they need to save it. (And IGZO is currently in use nowhere else I'm aware of.)
There is no difference in HDMI cables. If you can see the picture without visible dropouts or sparklies, the cable is working at 100%. No other cable will display a better version of that picture. You're simply wrong if you think there is a better digital cable than one that is already working.