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Sharp to Begin Production of IGZO LCD Panels for Smartphones at

Sharp to Begin Production of IGZO LCD Panels for Smartphones at Kameyama Plant
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Tokyo, Oct 17, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) -  Sharp Corporation has commercialized
production of IGZO LCD panels for smartphones and will begin manufacturing them
at its Kameyama Plant No. 2 within this year. 
At Kameyama Plant No. 2, which went online in August 2006, Sharp has been
using large, 8th-generation glass substrates in the highly efficient production
of LCD panels for big-screen TVs. Having introduced IGZO display technology in
March 2012, Sharp has since been producing small- and medium-size LCD panels
for tablet and notebook PCs as well as larger LCD panels for high-resolution
LCD monitors. 
Using 8th-generation glass substrates, Sharp will be the first company in the
world(1) to achieve commercial production of high-definition LCD panels for
smartphones-something that was previously considered difficult to achieve. The
highly efficient production levels achievable with 8th-generation glass
substrates will be made possible by an optimized production process as well as
by IGZO technology's ability to enable smaller thin-film transistors and
increased light transmittance. 
Sharp will work to meet vigorously growing demand for LCDs in the smartphone
market by taking advantage of the energy efficiency, super-high resolution, and
high-performance touchscreen functionality of its IGZO LCD panels. Furthermore,
Sharp will continue to expand the range of applications of IGZO in products
such as tablet PCs, notebook PCs, and 4K displays. 
Notes:
(IGZO) Developed jointly for mass production by Sharp and Semiconductor Energy
Laboratory Co., Ltd.
(1) As of October 17, 2013 (based on Sharp research). 
About Sharp 
Sharp Corporation (TSE: 6753) is a worldwide developer of innovative products
and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of
electronics.  As a leader in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and digital
technologies, Sharp offers one of the broadest and most advanced lines of
consumer electronics, information products and electronic components, while
also creating new network businesses. For more information, please visit
www.sharp.co.jp . 
Contact: 
Miyuki Nakayama
Tokyo Public Relations and Media Liaison Office
Sharp Corporation
Tel: +81-3-5446-8205
Fax: +81-3-5446-8206 
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