Sharp to Commercialize World's First Small- and Medium-Size LCD Panels using Oxide Semiconductor
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Sharp to Commercialize World's First Small- and Medium-Size LCD Panels using Oxide Semiconductor

Osaka, Apr 21, 2011 - (JCN Newswire) - Sharp Corporation has developed high performance small- and medium-size LCD panels using oxide semiconductor, InGaZnO (IGZO(1)). Production of these new LCD panels will aim to start at Kameyama Plant No.2 within this year.

Meeting the strong demand for small- and medium-size LCD panels used in smart phones and tablet terminals, is accompanied by an increased need for display quality, including high resolution and high picture quality, light weight and compact design, and high energy efficiency.

In collaboration with Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.(2), Sharp has developed and will commercialize a thin-film transistor using a new material, InGaZnO, a world's first. High energy performance LCD panels will be made possible by downsizing the transistor and by increasing the light transmittance for each pixel. In addition, Sharp's unique UV2A(3) technology will achieve high display quality small- and medium- size LCD panels. The cost-competitive high efficiency production line will use 8th-generation glass substrates, and will utilize the current Kameyama Plant No.2 production line, with manufacturing to start within this year.

Kameyama Plant No.2 has started operation from August 2006, and has been producing cutting-edge LCD panels for TVs. From now on, this plant will additionally produce cutting-edge small- and medium-size LCD panels. Sharp will continue to further strive to make an advancement of state-of-the-art LCD panel plant using its unique production technology.

(1) IGZO is an oxide consisting In (Indium), Ga (Gallium), and Zn(Zinc)
(2) Headquarter: Atsugi-city, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan; President: Shunpei Yamazaki
(3) Ultraviolet induced multi-domain Vertical Alignment: Photo-alignment technology that can precisely control the alignment of LCD molecules in a simple LCD panel structure.

About Sharp

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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Apr 21, 2011
Source: Sharp

Sharp (TSE: 6753) (U.S: SHCAY)

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