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iPad 3 May Get Sharp’s High Resolution IGZO Display Technology, Says Analyst

by on February 7th, 2012

In an exclusive interview with CNET yesterday, Charles Annis, a Kyoto, Japan-based analyst at DisplaySearch, said that the upcoming iPad 3 might get Sharp’s high-resolution IGZO display. Sharp is said to be mass producing the IGZO displays which are yet to be used as flat panels in commercial devices. The analyst said that if Apple does start accepting these displays for the iPad 3 and starts selling them in the next couple of months, that would be a world’s first IGZO display device and he thinks that it is quite likely to happen.

Annis explained the advantage of IGZO over more conventional technologies:

“The main advantage over the conventional amorphous silicon is that IGZO has higher electron mobility which means basically more current passes through the thin-film transistor than the conventional type. That allows you to make smaller TFTs (thin-film transistors), which allows more light to come through the back of the display.

So, you either get higher brightness or you can reduce the number of LEDs at the backlight, which reduces the cost. Or you can reduce the number of optical films at the backlight, which reduces the cost. Or you can increase the lifetime of the battery. So, those are all important things for these new super-high-resolution mobile displays.”

Other than Sharp, IGZO display panels also also currently being produced by Samsung and LGD electronics.

 

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