Although we wrote about it all the way back in January, Intel reiterated the fact that the company wants to push up the resolution of the displays we're using, no matter the device. Now it appears that Sharp might be the first display maker to actually meet Intel's 2013 target resolution of 3840×2160 thanks to its new  indium gallium zinc oxide, or IGZO LCD panels.

Although we wrote about it all the way back in January, Intel reiterated the fact that the company wants to push up the resolution of the displays we're using, no matter the device. Now it appears that Sharp might be the first display maker to actually meet Intel's 2013 target resolution of 3840×2160 thanks to its new  indium gallium zinc oxide, or IGZO LCD panels.

Rather than using traditional thin-film transistor technology in its LCD displays, Sharp has found a way to use indium gallium zinc oxide semiconductors which enabled the company not only to build higher resolution displays, but also thinner and lighter displays with slimmer bezels and increased pixel transparency. In the latter case this is said to lead to lower power consumption, as not only can a less powerful backlight can be employed, but the panel driver also uses less power.

Sharp is also using a "proprietary UV2A photo-alignment technology" on these displays, the same technology the company uses for its Aquos LCD TVs and it's meant to offer higher image quality. Sharp is clearly on the same page as Intel here though, as in the press release the company states that it "will encourage the application of its new high-resolution LCD panels to high-definition notebook PCs and LCD monitors as well as to mobile devices ."

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For LCD monitors, Sharp claims to be able to produce panels up to 32-inches in size with a resolution of 3840×2160, whereas for the notebook market – albeit it would have to be a very small notebook – the company has a 10-inch model with a resolution of 2560×1600 and finally for the handheld market, the company has a 7-inch model with a resolution of 1280×800. We have a feeling that these displays will come in at a very steep price premium to start with, as not only is it a brand new technology, but the panels are also being made in Japan and with the current exchange rate, that isn't necessarily a good thing.

Source: Sharp