Qualcomm invests in a joint IGZO screen effort with Sharp

Qualcomm invests in a joint IGZO screen effort with Sharp
Sharp’s IGZO display technology promises a breakthrough in energy-efficient screens, but the Japanese manufacturer is in financial dire straits, and asking around for help. Qualcomm has answered the call, and will inject around $61 million (five billion yen) in Sharp, thus acquiring a 2.6% stake in the company.

If “sufficient progress has been made” by Sharp on IGZO, Qualcomm will follow up with another $61 million, doubling its stake to more than 5%.

Those over $120 million, or 10 billion yen, is close to the sum that Sharp lost when the joint venture between Sharp and Sony broke up.

The IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) display is one technology we are particularly excited about as it promises to cut down power consumption of screens significantly, and that could mean more precious longevity on our devices.

source: Reuters

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4 Comments

1. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

for all the screen tech we see, where the heck is my damn uber battery that has been touted in "breakthrough's" over the last 4 years... oh ya, thats right! Greed keeps it under lock and key, I mean how would they sell spares or extended battery's if you only needed one for heavens sake! I can remember 5 "ready for production" battery tech announcements that was said to bring 5x to 50x battery power/capacity/life to anything, only to go POOF and never be heard from again

2. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Whom do you have in mind? I don't know of any.

3. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I only see great things here, Qualcomm already has chipsets that have LTE that run pretty well with batteries in phones now, this can only mean greater strides in reduced power comsumption for phones using IGZO tech and Qualcomm chips.

4. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

wasnt qualcomm making its own display called mirasol?

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