Sharp is the first to successfully mass produce IGZO, an innovative compound that replaces the industry standard amorphous silicon material used for the active layer in thin-film transistors (TFTs).
IGZO's advantages are: • Super high-resolution and clarity: IGZO's transistors are much smaller than traditional LCDs and have significantly higher electron mobility. Therefore, more data can be shown in a single display, creating a stunningly detailed image -- up to four times that of conventional full-HD or 1080p LCDs. • Ultra-low power consumption: IGZO can maintain the onscreen data for a certain period of time without refreshing the data, even when the current is off. This helps cut back the power consumption to achieve longer battery life for displays. • High performance touch response: Compared to conventional LCDs, IGZO displays have drastically minimized the noise caused during touch input. This allows for quick, easy, more natural-feeling writing and smooth lines.
While the possibilities for this technology are far reaching, Sharp is already implementing IGZO technology in its displays, notebooks, tablet PC, monitors and smartphones available today.