Sharp Surprises With MEMS-IGZO Tablet in 2015

Last month (Display Monitor Vol 21 No 37), Sharp announced that it would begin mass-production of its MEMS-IGZO displays (Display Monitor Vol 20 No 22) in 2017. Much earlier than this date, however, the company has now said that it will launch a tablet using the technology in Japan, in the first half of next year.

Sharp’s 7″ tablet will have 1280 x 800 resolution and use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, running Android 4.4. Both Wi-Fi and 3G/4G versions will be available. IPX5/IPX7 protection will be used.

MEMS-IGZO is a joint development between Sharp and Qualcomm. It has extremely fast switching speeds and is unaffected by extreme temperatures, unlike LCD technology.

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Presumably the display for this tablet will come from Sharp’s test line in Tottori Prefecture. A 7″ display was shown at SID 2013 (Display Monitor Vol 20 No 22) and CES 2014 (Display Monitor Vol 21 No 3). (TA)