Sharp has began sample deliveries of IGZO LCD panels, the first to
support 4K2K (3,840 x 2,160, 282 ppi) resolution in a 15.6-inch
Deliveries began in September 2013. Shap plans to start production at
its Kameyama Plant No. 2 from February 2014.
Sharp has become the first company to realize 4K2K resolution for LCD
panels used in notebook PCs. This was made possible by employing IGZO
technology, which improves light transmission and enables thin-film
transistors to be more compact. Improved light transmission
translates into a reduction in electricity consumption, as does IGZO
technology's ability to suppress the liquid crystal driving current
when a static image is displayed. This serves to extend the battery
life of a notebook PC. IGZO technology is also compatible with
touch-panel designs supporting pen-based input.
Utilizing the high-resolution display and energy-saving
characteristics of IGZO LCD panels, Sharp plans to extend the
application of this technology into devices such as smartphones,
tablet PCs, notebook PCs, and 4K displays.
Sharp is already mass producing 15.6-inch IGZO panels with a
resolution of 3,200 x 1,800, 235 ppi.