Sharp begins output of new LCD panels at second plant

JIJI

Sharp Corp. has started production of high-definition, energy-saving liquid crystal display panels based on oxide semiconductors at a second plant, sources said.

Sharp is the first company in the world to launch commercial production of LCD panels made from indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) semiconductors and began mass production in April at its Kameyama No. 2 plant in Mie Prefecture.

It recently launched production at its plant in Tenri, Nara Prefecture, as well. The Tenri plant is Sharp’s manufacturing base for small and midsize LCD panels, the sources said.

IGZO panels consume one-fifth to one-10th of the electricity needed by conventional panels and have touch screens that are easier to operate.

Sharp is believed to be in talks with PC giants including U.S. makers Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc., as well as China’s Lenovo Group Ltd., on supplying IGZO panels as the struggling company looks to boost sales of small and midsize panels, the sources said.