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Slacker, interesting that the yield issues appear to be almost entirely related to IGZO growing pains. I expect IGZO backplane yields to be ~99% within a very short period from here. There is no showstopper with respect to them and the push to IGZO/oxide was predicated on lower costs... To drive that reality, it will be necessarily to approach 100% and I have no doubt that's achievable.
It sounds like they are still losing some displays at the vapor depo stage, although how many is unclear. That problem will be worse on the bigger sizes, too, due to potential uniformity issues. But, again, this feels solvable.
The promise of LG's tech was always "it can be made at high yield." Nothing in 2012 indicated that promise would be achieved and 2013 was hardly better. 2014 has clearly been a revelation. Now that the sauce recipe has been perfected, there is little reason to doubt yields can remain high.
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. (Oh, and plasma didn't die because of logistics problems, nor does OLED ship in big boxes because it comes from Korea.)