Sharp to begin production on three new IGZO notebook displays

By on May 16, 2013, 11:00 AM
sharp, ppi, high resolution, igzo, notebook displays

Sharp is moving forward with their notebook-minded IGZO LCD panel initiative at a steady pace and will begin production of three new panel sizes next month at the company’s Kameyama Plant No. 2. The corporation is ramping up to build 11.6-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch panels in addition to the 13.3-inch model (2,560 x 1,440 resolution) that’s already being mass produced.

The smaller 11.6-inch panel will feature a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 just like the 13.3-incher already in production. Due to the smaller size, however, it will carry a better overall pixel density of 253 PPI versus 221 PPI on the 13.3-inch unit.

Sharp’s new 14-inch panel ups the ante even more with a resolution of 3,200 x 1,800 and a pixel density of 262 PPI. Finally, the 15.6-inch panel will carry the same 3,200 x 1,800 resolution as the 14-inch unit but with a slightly lower pixel density of 235 PPI. Based on all of that information, the 14-inch panel looks to be the best choice overall in terms of resolution and pixel density.

Typically, panels that carry a higher PPI require brighter backlights to keep the screen illuminated at the same levels as lower PPI panels. A brighter backlight means more power draw, but that’s not the case here because Sharp’s IGZO technology enables smaller thin-film transistors and increased light transmittance.

As an added bonus, the panels can also be used for touchscreen implementations which could be important moving forward given the recent shift towards hybrid notebooks and tablets.

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JC713 JC713 said:

New Retina MBP will use this probably.

captainawesome captainawesome said:

I hope this finally means the beginning of the end for the God forsaken 1366 x 768 "standard" for notebooks.

captainawesome captainawesome said:

On another note tho - seeing as those are the same type of displays as the iPhone 5, that must make for some seriously beautiful laptops. Microsoft must get its act together now for his PPI displays.

JC713 JC713 said:

I hope this finally means the beginning of the end for the God forsaken 1366 x 768 "standard" for notebooks.

I think 1080P should be the next big standard for notebooks. But seriously, even 1080P is dying. 2560x1440 is gonna become the new norm. We just need someone to enforce it and the price and thickness of HD panels have to slim down.

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