Sharp Shares MEMS-IGZO Mass-Production Target

By Super User

Since committing to an investment in Sharp at the end of 2012 (Display Monitor Vol 19 No 49), Qualcomm has been working with the Japanese company to develop a display using both Pixtronix’s MEMS and Sharp’s IGZO technologies. We saw the first example of their work, a 7″ display, at SID 2013 (Display Monitor Vol 20 No 22) and CES 2014 (Display Monitor Vol 21 No 3).

Sharp has now said that it aims to begin mass-producing the MEMS-IGZO displays by 2017. They will be aimed at auto manufacturers and makers of industrial devices, smartphones and tablets (the displays are unaffected by temperature fluctuations, unlike liquid crystals). A test line for the technology has been built at Sharp’s factory in Tottori Prefecture in Japan.