We've heard a lot about Apple to embrace the IGZO (made of indium gallium zinc oxide materials) display in its rumored television set, but it seems like Sharp will be the first one to bring such displays to the market. The world's largest producer of LCD panels has already begun the shipping of such displays in the form of monitors, notebooks and tablets. These panels have some striking features that increases the possibility of large number of displays in the future to be IGZO-based.
According to Sharp these displays are capable of doubling the detail while keeping the transparency at the same level. This would reduce the power consumption by displays by as much as 90 percent and would also reduce the space for backlighting. Currently, the battery requirements tend to make our portable devices bulkier. IGZO displays would change this with devices getting thinner due to lesser battery requirements. Also these displays will use the proprietary UV2A*3 photo-alignment technology improving the image quality manifolds.
According to Sharp its 7-inch tablet would have a pixel density of 217 pixels per inch, 10 inches notebook- 300 ppi and 32 inches LCD- 140 ppi. This doesn't match up with the pixel density of 220 ppi of Apple's rumored 15-inch Macbook Pro. Sharp is facing heat with dwindling sales figures in last few years. It is looking now to realign its business by focusing on smaller screens that tend to have higher profit margins than the bigger ones. However, whether or not IGZO displays will help Sharp revive its business, only time will tell.