Sharp Introduces IGZO Technology at CES 2013

IGZO Display Technology by Sharp | Official YouTube Video

IGZO Display Technology by Sharp | Official YouTube Video

During the CES 2013 event in Las Vegas, Sharp pointed out that IGZO technology is the future of mobile displays. The acronym IGZO stands for the raw materials that make up the advanced panels: Indium, Gallium and Zinc Oxide.

Sharp stressed during its media briefing at the event that the display technology is important for the company’s future. In fact, their advanced displays were described as having twice the resolution of a conventional LCD screen with up to 90 percent power savings.

In relation to this, Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets believes Apple is likely to adopt the IGZO technology in its future devices. He also added that “even after turning off the power of a device, IGZO allows the image to continue to be displayed on the screen.”


Apple to Adopt the IGZO Technology

Before this, Apple has been rumored to be interested in Sharp’s IGZO display technology. A report from last year claimed that the Cupertino-based company investigated using the IGZO panels in the third-generation iPad. However, the component was not yet ready for mass production.

The rumors resurfaced in December 2012, claiming that Apple evaluated IGZO display technology for its next-generation iPhone and iPad.  As reported by Apple-centric website, AppleInsider:

Apple is reportedly in talks with Sharp to use the company’s IGZO display technology in next-generation iPhones and iPads, but low yield rates have prompted the Cupertino tech giant to look at other Asian display makers in efforts to bolster its supply chains.

On the other hand, White believes that Apple “increasingly requires new innovative display technologies to compete with Samsung.” An agreement with Sharp could also reduce the iPhone maker’s reliance on LG Display, which initially struggled to meet the required standards of the iPad’s Retina Display early last year.

Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 at CES 2013

Aside from Sharp, Corning was also at the CES 2013 event to demonstrate the capabilities of their Gorilla Glass 3. Their latest display is designed to resist scratches better and retain more strength than its predecessors.

Simply put, the Gorilla Glass 3 is three-times more damage-resistant than its previous iterations, a feature called Native Damage Resistance. As stated by James Steiner, SVP and general manager at Corning Specialty Materials:

As a world leader in glass innovation, we are dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers with our product innovation. While we’ve optimized our glass with the most robust chemical strengthening, we challenge our research teams to develop a new way to make cover glass even less susceptible to scratches and other damage.

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