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Sharp starts producing IGZO panels for smartphones and tablets

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Sharp starts producing IGZO panels for smartphones and tablets
On Friday, Sharp announced that its factory in Kameyama, Japan is finally turning out IGZO LED panels. The displays are being made for mostly smartphones and tablets. For example, panels being produced include a seven-inch, 1280x800 display for tablets, a 10-inch 2560x1600 display, and a large 32-inch, 3840x2160 desktop display. It's possible that other sizes of panels are also being produced.

Sharp's IGZO factory in Kameyama

Sharp's IGZO factory in Kameyama

IGZO (iridium gallium zinc oxide) LCD displays are useful to designers looking to increase the resolution on a product's screen, and those looking to build a slim device. The material used in producing these screens allows for the use of smaller TFTs and more illumination for each pixel which reduces the need for a powerful backlight. Had the IGZO panels been available in time to use on the new iPad, the third iteration of Apple's tablet might not have needed the bigger battery and thicker footprint necessary to include extra LED backlighting. The latter is required to keep the unit's 2048x1536 resolution Retina display bright. The IGZO panels were unable to be used for the most recent iPad model because the panels failed Apple's approval process.

Sharp has not yet named any customers for the plant's production although it is believed that Apple is interested. The Cupertino based Tech Titan could use the display on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad to increase the pixel density of the screen without having to increase battery size and the thickness of the tablet. Apple is believed to have invested $1 billion in Sharp as a way to insure that they have a source of panels.

source: PCWorld via Electronista

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posted on 13 Apr 2012, 14:16

1. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


"a 10-inch 2560x1600 display" I wonder who will be using this panel, samsung anyone??? :)

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 14:36

2. xfire99 (Posts: 569; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Samsung have theirs own 2560x1600 AMOLED display.
New Ipad 3 are using Samsung 2560x1600 display.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 15:05 2

3. jove39 (Posts: 1327; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


iPad display is IPS...not Amoled

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 01:11

6. xfire99 (Posts: 569; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


I never said ipad are using amoled.
Its Samsung who produce the retina display that are in new ipad and sharp/lg didnt make the cut. Im wrong about the resolution and just too lazy to look up for the resolution on ipad. =P

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 04:36

8. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


LOL, samsung said them self that they are not only provider of new iPad display so your argument is invalid

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 08:12 1

10. xfire99 (Posts: 569; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Oh yeah..read and give me a thumb up. =P
http://www.macrumors.com/2012/03/13/samsung-sole-supplier-for-retina-display-in-new-ipad/

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 10:02

11. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


weel congratulations to sammy than but samsung said that they are not the only one so who do you beleave, samsung or some blog???

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 15:03

12. xfire99 (Posts: 569; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Geez, go and google and read the news. Samsung arent the only one, yes. But right now they are really the only one who deliver retina display to new ipad. Since Sharp and LG didnt got through the quality check.

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 21:18

14. rudlie (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


LG and sharp can not fulfill Apple's demand and it's part of Apple's quality requirement. And what the embarrased thing is samsung produces LCD with LG technology. That's proved samsung's LCD technology doesn't go through Apple Quality Check.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 15:11

4. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


samsung doesn't have 2560x1600 amoled display, they have 11,3 inch 2560x1600 display and it is PenTile LCD but on screen that large it doesnt make big of a diference because you are watching it from far away and iPad is using 2056x1536 display

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 15:24

5. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


2560*1600 resolution for a 10.1 inch display takes the pixel density to a whopping 299 ppi, thats truly awesome... .. nothing better than this we need as humans can see upto 300 ppi through naked eyes(but upto some distance)

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 01:43 1

7. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


You really have to explain??? People here at Phonearena already know the stuff you said.

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 06:17

9. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


@cepcamba.....u dont need to tell what people at phonearena know and what they dont................if the above info was not reqd b u then its fine, u know all that all then its very gud...........but mind ur own business and dont interfere into mine

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 18:16 1

13. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Ok. Moving forward I will Sir. :p

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 21:22 1

15. rudlie (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


With IGZO technology, we perhap next iPad will not warmer than using LCD from samsung.

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