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Sharp and Qualcomm ink $120m IGZO/MEMS mobile display deal

Sharp and Qualcomm ink $120m IGZO/MEMS mobile display deal

Sharp and Qualcomm subsidiary Pixtronix have inked a $120m deal which will see the two companies collaborate on energy-efficient IGZO displays for mobile devices, as Sharp struggles with falling market share. The deal - which will see Qualcomm inject up to 9.9 billion yen into Sharp - follows rumors of the display firm courting Qualcomm among other US companies, after long-term negotiations with Apple production partner Foxconn stumbled. As a result, the companies will set up a joint development on panels combining IGZO and MEMS display tech.

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Sharp $240m talks tipped with Dell, Intel and Qualcomm: IGZO the prize

Sharp $240m talks tipped with Dell, Intel and Qualcomm: IGZO the prize

Sharp has reportedly begun talks with Dell, Intel, and other US companies for a potential share in the display firm, in a move that may be designed to put pressure on existing Foxconn negotiations. The discussions - which are also believed to be ongoing with Qualcomm, according to the WSJ's sources - would see struggling Sharp offer up a stake in return for as much as $240m depending on the suitor, with the spoils of the deal being a guaranteed supply of the company's IGZO displays.

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Sharp AQUOS TAB SHT21 with IGZO screen hands-on

Sharp AQUOS TAB SHT21 with IGZO screen hands-on

What a difference a display makes: in the case of KDDI's AQUOS PAD SHT21, announced yesterday, it's the promise of more than double the runtime simply by switching to Sharp's IGZO panel technology. The new LCD screen system - which plays with chemistry to make pixels smaller and thus reduce backlighting demands - has shown up on its second device for the Japanese market, so we wasted no time in checking out the new 7-inch Android tablet. Check out our hands-on video and some first impressions after the cut.

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DoCoMo SH-02E ZETA first phone to use Sharp’s frugal IGZO screen

DoCoMo SH-02E ZETA first phone to use Sharp’s frugal IGZO screen

DoCoMo has launched the first smartphone to use Sharp's IGZO display technology, the AQUOS PHONE SH-02E ZETA, promising economy advantages as well as increased brightness for outdoor use. Sharp's panels were originally tipped to show up in Apple products, potentially the third-gen iPad, however it's taken a little extra time to get them market ready, with the new DoCoMo Android phone the first to benefit. Still, the SH-02E is more than just a screen trailblazer: it also packs a 16.3-megapixel camera with both optical and electronic stabilization.

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Dell UltraSharp 32 monitor introduced with UHD resolution

Dell UltraSharp 32 monitor introduced with UHD resolution

Those who spend a lot of time on the computer usually find two or more monitors to be better than one, but there are some instances where a larger, high-resolution display works better than a set of dual monitors (or in addition to them). Such is a case where Dell's new ultra-high-definition UltraSharp 32 display comes in. The monitor is aimed at professionals who work with media.

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iPhone 5S leaked production shots point to IGZO display, NFC, more

iPhone 5S leaked production shots point to IGZO display, NFC, more

iPhone 5S rumors are beginning to swell up as news that production is starting this month has been making the rounds. Unconfirmed leaked shots of iPhone 5S components have made their way online, as has the specs of the new device. Essentially, the phone won't look any different from the iPhone 5 from what we see of the leaked photos, but there's going to be quite a bit of new features in the new phone.

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