Sharp Corporation began sample deliveries of IGZO*2 LCD panels that, for the first time ever, realize 4K2K (3,840 × 2,160) resolution in a 15.6-inch notebook PC*1. Deliveries began in September 2013. Production is scheduled to start at Sharp's Kameyama Plant No. 2 from February 2014.
Sharp has become the first company to realize 4K2K resolution for LCD panels used in notebook PCs. This was made possible by employing IGZO technology, which improves light transmission and enables thin-film transistors to be more compact. Improved light transmission translates into a reduction in electricity consumption, as does IGZO technology's ability to suppress the liquid crystal driving current when a static image is displayed. This serves to extend the battery life of a notebook PC. IGZO technology is also compatible with touch-panel designs supporting pen-based input.
Utilizing the high-resolution display and energy-saving characteristics of IGZO LCD panels, Sharp plans to extend the application of this technology into devices such as smartphones, tablet PCs, notebook PCs, and 4K displays.
LCD Panel Specifications
|Number of pixels
||3,840 × 2,160
Currently mass-produced panel (for reference)
|3,200 × 1,800
IGZO LCD panels will be displayed in the Sharp booth at CEATEC JAPAN 2013
(Venue: Makuhari Messe convention center; Exhibition period: October 1 to 5)
- *1 LCD panels for notebook PCs, as of September 27, 2013 (based on Sharp research)
- *2 IGZO LCDs were developed jointly for mass production by Sharp and Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.