updated 06:32 pm EDT, Thu May 16, 2013
Panels boast highest pixel density of any display Sharp has made
According to Sharp, the company will begin production of three types of IGZO LCD panels that boast pixel densities among the highest in the industry. The panels, scheduled to begin production in June 2013 are intended for use in notebook PCs and will come in three sizes: 11.6 inches, 14 inches, and 15.6 inches. A 13.3 inch panel is already being produced by the company.
IGZO technology enables smaller thin-film transistors and increased light transmittance. The new 14-inch panel boasts a pixel density of 262 ppi, which represents 1.67 times the number of pixels of 1080P HD screens. Increased light transmittance also means lower rates of energy consumption, with IGZO technology reducing the amount of power required to drive liquid crystals during the display of still images. These factors lead to greater energy efficiency and longer battery life on notebook PCs. IGZO technology is also compatible with stylus-input touchscreen functionality.
The first IGZO panels began production in April of 2012. Rumors pegged the displays for Apple's iPad line, but the new panels from Sharp have yet to be used in an Apple product.