The global TV market had a period of growth until 2011 reaching 255 million TVs sold that year, according to IHS Technology data. Then the market slowed to 238 million in 2012 and to 225 million TVs in 2013.
Smartphone market size continued to grow from 472 million in 2011 to 725 million in 2012 and 1,004 million smartphones in 2013, according to IDC.
Sharp’s “Kameyama-1” six-generation factory (1,500mm x 1,800 mm glass) started TV panels manufacturing in 2004, joined by eight-generation “Kameyama-2” factory (2,160mm x 2,460 mm glass) in 2006.
Following changes in the market, Sharp converted its Kameyama 1 & 2 plants to produce small and medium size panels while continued to use its Sakai LCD panel plant to manufacture big size panels for TVs.
Sharp plans small and midsize panels share to reach over 50% of all LCD panel output in fiscal year 2014-2015.
Kameyama 1 plant now produces panels using LTPS backplanes for Apple while Kameyama 2 plant makes small and midsize panels with IGZO backplanes.
At its booth at CES 2014 exhibition Sharp showed not only 60-70-80-90-inch LCD TVs but also small and midsize displays with IGZO technology.
IGZO-TFT was developed by Professor Hideo Hosono’s group at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in 2003-2004.
IGZO-TFT technology was patented by JST and licensed to Sharp in 2012.
Sharp explains at its booth that IGZO Displays have:
- High Resolution
- Ultra Low Power Consumption
- Precise Touch Response
- 4.8” FHD display, 460 ppi
This display with IGZO technology is used in SHARP AQUOS Phone Zeta SH-06E that was introduced via NTT DoCoMo in Japan in 2013.
- 7” WUXGA display (1920×1200)
This 7” display is used in Sharp AQUOS Pad SH-08E (Docomo) & SHT22 (KDDI).
- 10.1” WQXGA display (2560×1600), 299 dpi.
The 10.1” display is used in Sharp tablet called Mebius Pad.
- 11.6” WQHD display, (2560×1440), 253 ppi
- 13.3” FHD display
- 13.3” WQHD display, (2560×1440), 221 ppi
- 14” QHD+ display, (3200×1800), 262 ppi
Laptops with Sharp displays
- Dell XPS15, 15.6” QHD+ (3200×1800), 235 dpi
- Fujitsu Lifebook UH series, UH90/M, 14” QHD+ display (3200×1800)
- NEC LaVie Z, LZ750/NSB, 13.3” WQHD (2560×1440)
4K Monitor Display (3,840 x 2,160)
- 31.5” QFHD display
- 15.6” QFHD display
Narrow Border LCD
- 12.5” WQHD, (2560×1440).
IGZO+MEMS 7” WXGA Display (1280×800)
- Ultra-low power consumption
- Excellent image quality and color
- Further reduces power when less color is needed
- Deliver clear, crisp images even in extreme conditions
The MEMS display stays bright and crisp even in sunlight. Extreme heat doesn’t affect the clarity and wide color gamut. MEMS display maintains blur-free motion even in extreme cold.
(*) IGZO – Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide, semiconducting material. IGZO TFT is used in the backplane of LCD displays.
(**) MEMS – Micro Electro Mechanical System) display is a joint development of Sharp and Pixtronix, a subsidiary of Qualcomm.