Sharpâ€™s IGZO based LCD technology has been a hot subject this year after it was rumored to be implemented into <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1322134609><b>future Apple devices</b></a>. The first IGZO based LCD displays are now in mass production and available in consumers devices, including two Sharp devices and the new Asus PadFone.<br /><br /><h3>First IGZO based LCD display</h3>IGZO is not a new display technology but a different material for the backplane and the TFTs (thin film transistors). IGZO can enable much higher-resolution LCD panels because the transistors can become much smaller. Sharp also says that the increased transparency can lead to better light utilization and therefore lower power consumption.<br /><br /><p align=center><img class="imgresponsive" src="pictures/sharpigzophone.jpg" alt="IGZO LCD in Sharp smartphone"><br><i>Sharpâ€™s latest smartphone is the first to utilize an IGZO based LCD display</i></p><br />It sounds very promising and with the pixel war going on in the smartphone arena we are sure that IGZO will find a place. Actually, it already has in one of Sharpâ€™s latest smartphones; the Aquos Zeta released in Japan.<br /><br />The IGZO based display is not the most impressive of its kind we have seen but still offers a 1280x720 pixel resolution. The panel is 4.9 inches in diagonal. The phone will ship before year-end which means that Sharpâ€™s IGZO based LCD panels have finally gone into mass production and we should expect to see them in more devices soon – maybe in <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1322134609><b>Appleâ€™s iOS devices</b></a>?<br /><br />We also hear that Sharpâ€™s new 7-inch Pad SHT21 tablet will feature an IGZO LCD display and that Asusâ€™ PadFone that can be mounted inside a tablet will feature a similar IGZO based LCD display. Asusâ€™ PadFone was originally announced with an OLED panel but it seems that Asus has changed the plans.<br /><br />The new panels sound promising but they are still not as impressive as some of <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1347026339><b>Sharpâ€™s IGZO prototypes</b></a>.