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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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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 28, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 28, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone, just two more work days to go and then we're at the weekend again. Today we found out that new Nexus 4 orders won't ship for another 4-5 weeks, and that's if you're ordering the 16GB model - those who order the 8GB model might be waiting as long as two months. Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer said that Windows Phone sales these days are four times greater than they were in autumn 2011, which is definitely a good sign, while we learned that RIM has lost a big patent case against Nokia in Sweden.

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Sharp unveils IGZO 32-inch 4K display

Sharp unveils IGZO 32-inch 4K display

Today, Sharp unveiled the professional-use PN-K321 monitor, which boasts a 4K resolution of 3840×2160 and measures 32 inches diagonally. It's also powered by Sharp's ultra-thin IGZO technology to make for a ridiculously high-resolution but thin and sleek display. However, the new display comes with a hefty price tag of $5,500.

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Sharp Cocorobo robot vacuum gets smartphone app and control over your TV

Sharp Cocorobo robot vacuum gets smartphone app and control over your TV

Sharp has revealed a new part of its Cocorobo smart home system, the RX-V60 robot vacuum cleaner, which can not only get rid of dust-bunnies under your couch, but send before/after photos to your smartphone. The smaller 'bot is now 29.7cm in diameter - 4.7cm less than the model it replaces - for easier scooting between table legs, and now works with a "Cocorobo Square" app that can be used to lay out floorplans, sketch precise cleaning patterns, and review photos while you're away from home. Meanwhile, an optional remote attachment, the Cocorobo Navi, can give the RV-V60 control over your TV and other appliances.

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Sharp Aquos SH930W 5-inch 1080p smartphone slated for Russia

Sharp Aquos SH930W 5-inch 1080p smartphone slated for Russia

Sharp has announced its first 1080p phablet, the Aquos SH930W. Destined for Russia, this smartphone features a 5-inch full HD display with a pixel density of 440ppi. A host of pictures have appeared over on the Russian site Hi-Tech, showing off the phone's thin body and crisp display. According to sources, the phone will go live on November 8.

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$2bn Apple life raft for Sharp rumored

$2bn Apple life raft for Sharp rumored

Apple may have quietly shored up Sharp with a $2bn display order fudge, one market analyst has suggested, in an attempt to stabilize the struggling Japanese firm and reduce reliance on arch foe Samsung. An unforeseen $2.3bn extra in Apple's capital expenditure in 2012 - the bulk of which wasn't reported as cash flow - caught the eye of Asymco's Horace Dediu, who speculates that the money could've been used to take control of an ailing Sharp production plant and pay for it by pre-purchasing displays for iPhones and iPads.

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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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KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21 packs IGZO display for 2.5x battery life

KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21 packs IGZO display for 2.5x battery life

The second mobile device to use Sharp's IGZO screen technology, the KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21, has been revealed, a 7-inch tablet promising more than double the runtime of rival slates. Following on from Sharp's SH-02E phone, announced for DoCoMo earlier this month, the AQUOS Pad SHT21 runs at 1280 x 800 resolution and, Sharp claims, will run for 2.5x as long as tablets with conventional displays thanks to IGZO's frugal nature.

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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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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: October 2nd, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: October 2nd, 2012

This morning it's time to put your guns away with a cut-down on what might be the most dangerous 3D printing effort in its short history. It's been rumored that Deutsche Telekom might be straight up buying MetroPCS. Of the 25% of Americans that own tablets right this minute, Android and the iPad are in a close race for dominance - Pew also notes that half of the adults in the USA own either a smartphone or a tablet.

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Sharp 5-inch 1080p display eyes-on: You want this in your next phone

Sharp 5-inch 1080p display eyes-on: You want this in your next phone

Forget Retina display: Sharp's new 5-inch, 1080p LCD panels have come out to wow at CEATEC, and at 443ppi they already have us looking at our current phones with disappointment and disgust. Announced yesterday, and set to hit mass production imminently, the new smartphone screens also use advanced CG-Silicon technology to cut down on how many layers are involved in the display sandwich.

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