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Best of all worlds: MEMS-IGZO screens on the way to serial production

Technology cooperation between Sharp and Qualcomm promises to provide us with screens that combine the best of the advantages of the LCD and the best advantages of the In one package. The first product is already on its way to the store shelves - early next year

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If you believe it For people who specialize in the subject, The modern screens that surround us (especially in the smartphone market) not only offer almost imaginary pixel densities - they are also higher quality and accurate than ever before. Despite all this there are those who believe that there is still a lot more to get better from here, like for example And Sharap who work together energetically New-old name called MEMS-IGZO, which we will be able to see officially during the first half of 2015.

So what's so special about the MEMS-IGZO screens? Quite a few. IGZO is a technology for the transistor layer that is responsible for the same TFT-Thin Film Transistor We reviewed the site in the past Number opportunities, A combination of four elements designed to replace good old silicon with a more cost-effective and ultra-low power consumption.

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MEMS (Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems), on the other hand, is a name for technologies and devices that enable mechanical operation at the micrometric level - in the above case it is a kind of tiny shutters that allow each pixel to "open" or "close" independently according to the image shown at any given moment, A concept similar to that of the screens Which have separate control and the ability to turn off each pixel and pixel.

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Combining these MEMS shutters with a BLU based on red, blue and green diodes eliminates the need for liquid crystals and polarizing layers that characterize the LCD screens, which again contributes to improving the efficiency of the MEMS-IGZO screens.

Standard LCD panel (left) compared to the MEMS-IGZO panel - eliminating the need for polarizers allows more light to reach the backlight unit to the viewer's eyes and improves the efficiency of the entire screen
Standard LCD panel (left) versus MEMS-IGZO panel - eliminating the need for polarizers allows more light to reach from the backlight unit to the viewer's eyes and improves the overall screen efficiency

Sharp and its partner Pixtronix (a subsidiary of The MEMS-IGZO screens will offer significantly lower power consumption than LCD monitors, especially when the picture has fewer colors, in addition to the ability to display a wide, accurate and high-resolution color gamut.

The MEMS-IGZO screens purport to promote and upgrade the two most problematic areas on the screens today - their power consumption and zero contrast under direct sunlight
The MEMS-IGZO screens purport to promote and upgrade the two most problematic areas of modern screens - their power consumption and their zero contrast under direct sunlight

If these advantages ring you familiar, it may be because both screens in the technology - Boast very similar advantages over LCD technology. The large "ace" of the MEMS-IGZO screens in this case should be similar to the cost of the LCDs and significantly lower than the characteristics of the.

In the past, Sharpe's representatives estimated that the MEMS-IGZO screens would land in commercial products only somewhere in 2017, but now it seems that schedules have been shortened andThe MEMS-IGZO tablet is the first of its kind Will be available for purchase during the first half of 2015. In Japan alone, of course.

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This tablet really will not knock anyone out of the chair, but if it can promote the adoption of MEMS-IGZO technology, it may be remembered as a fairly significant device
The specification of this tablet may not knock down anyone in the chair, but if it advances the adoption of MEMS-IGZO technology, it may be remembered as a fairly significant device

The tablet in question is manufactured by Sharp itself and will feature a MEMS-IGZO 7-inch screen and a very modest 1280 × 800 pixel resolution, Snapdragon 800, System 4.4 , Fourth generation modem , Connectivity In the 802.11ac standard and water protection in the IPX7 standard.

The company explains that the specification may change until the tablet arrives at the actual stores, but it is already clear that the only real advantage of the device was its screen.

We have nothing but hope that Sharp and Qualcomm's technology will deliver on the many promises they spread, which will no doubt lead to another leap in the display market - and the very fact that the above device should reach the markets about two years before the original makes us want to believe that MEMS screens- IGZO the right way to mature in the not too distant future.

We will continue to monitor and update you about this intriguing technology.


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