Himax Technologies, a chip maker based in Taiwan, announced today that Google is going to take up a 6.3 percent stake in Himax Display Inc, its subsidiary that manufacturers the mounted display that is used in Google Glass. Himax says that Google is taking up this stake so as to expand capacity and “further enhance production capabilities.” This move hints that the company is gearing up to begin the mass production of Google Glass. Google has said in the past that it will release the device to customers in 2014, but a concrete timeframe of this release is yet to be provided.
Google itself has not issued a statement or even a confirmation on this partnership as yet, on the other hand Himax president and CEO Jordan Wu has said that they are “delighted to receive this investment” from Google. Terms of the partnership have not been revealed as yet. It is expected that Google Glass will be manufactured by Foxconn at its facility in Santa Clara, California. Currently Google has only provided Glass to a select few people who are collectively called Glass Explorers.