Google Glass display output ramping, Microsoft clone might arrive

|By:, SA News Editor

After meeting with Google Glass (GOOG) LCOS microdisplay supplier Himax (HIMX +5.3%), Chardan's Jay Srivatsa reports Google has prompted Himax to ramp production, and thinks Glass will see a full commercial launch in Q1 2014. He adds Google might launch more than one Glass model, to cater to those needing prescription glasses.

Srivasta believes Himax has already raised microdisplay production to 500K units/month from a prior 200K/month, and is set to produce 850K/month by the end of Q1.

Pricing for a commercial version of Glass remains a mystery. The developer edition was sold earlier this year for $1,500. Google has said it doesn't plan to run ads on Glass, and wants to profit from hardware sales.

Himax also told Srivasta it's in the "early stages of ramping [microdisplay] production for another company," which the analyst believes is Microsoft (MSFT -2.5%). Himax thinks the company's product could launch in mid-2014.

Meanwhile, TechCrunch reports Microsoft might spend up to $200M to buy wearable computing patents and assets from military contractor Osterhout Design. Osterhout has worked on head-mounted displays in the past, among many other products.

Yesterday, Oppenheimer reported Himax is seeing "significant" interest in its microdisplays from other firms in the wake of the Google deal. Himax shares are making new highs again today.