Sharp’s next generation LCD panels have been previewed at the CEATEC conference, the IGZO generation. Representing a major shift in technology the new panels are powered by exotic alloys that have allowed Sharp to make smaller and more powerful transparent transistors and invisible circuits.
Sharp’s latest breakthrough in display technology is a semiconductor formula, a recipe called IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide). Sharp have applied the new recipe to the common LCD, building the transparent transistors and invisible circuits out of the new wonder material and improving pixel density, power efficiency and picture quality in the process.
In Sharp’s new panels IGZO replaces the amphorus silicon transistors and circuits, producing clear and bright panels with incredible resolutions. IGZO is a far more conductive material, with much higher electron mobility. This allows the transistors and circuits to be made much smaller while still performing faster. IGZO is also more transparent than silicon, allowing lower light levels to be used to achieve equivalent brightness. All round IGZO technology may give Sharp a considerable advantage over older technologies.