Sharp began producing the world’s first high-performance LCD panels incorporating IGZO oxide semiconductors in March at Kameyama Plant No. 2 and will be expanding production in April to meet market demand, the company announced on April 13.
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 midsize LCD panels for the 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, allowing lower energy consumption. In addition, photo-alignment technology employed in Sharp’s Aquos LCD TVs enables these displays to achieve high image quality.
Sharp’s new high-resolution LCD panels will be used in high-definition notebook PCs and LCD monitors, both expected to grow in demand, as well as in mobile devices.
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