Sharp Begins Production of World's First LCD Panels Incorporating IGZO Oxide Semiconductors
April 13, 2012 --
Kameyama Plant No. 2 first started operations in August 2006, manufacturing highly advanced LCD panels for TVs. Production systems have subsequently been reorganized to focus on producing small- and medium-sized LCD panels for the world's rapidly growing smartphone and tablet terminal markets.
Employing advanced IGZO oxide semiconductors enables Sharp to produce LCDs with smaller thin-film transistors and increased pixel transparency, thus allowing for lower energy consumption. In addition, proprietary UV2A(3) photo-alignment technology employed in Sharp's AQUOS LCD TVs enables these displays to achieve high image quality.
Sharp will encourage the application of its new high-resolution LCD panels to high-definition notebook PCs and LCD monitors - which are both expected to grow in demand - as well as to mobile devices. Sharp will also contribute to creating markets for attractive new products.
(1) As of April 13, 2012 (based on Sharp research).
(2) IGZO (InGaZnO) is an oxide comprising indium (In), gallium (Ga), and zinc (Zn). A thin-film transistor using this material has been developed by Sharp in collaboration with Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. (a company based in Kanagawa, Japan, and led by President Shunpei Yamazaki).
(3) Ultraviolet-induced multi-domain Vertical Alignment (UV2A) is a photo-alignment technology that precisely controls the alignment of LCD molecules in a simple LCD panel structure.
Sharp Corporation (TSE: 6753) is a worldwide developer of innovative products and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of electronics. As a leader in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and digital technologies, Sharp offers one of the broadest and most advanced lines of consumer electronics, information products and electronic components, while also creating new network businesses. For more information, please visit www.sharp.co.jp .
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