With the ever increasing race to build smaller and sharper flat-screen displays, new technology is bound to be released, and recently Sharp has revealed a new semiconductor that they are working on, called IGZO. An acronym for Indium Gallium Zinc Oxcide, Sharp had several prototypes on display at the IFA show in Berlin. The IGZO replaces the amorphous silicon that is used in current LCD display panels, and has a lot of benefits above the usual LCD's.

The transistors can be a lot smaller, because of increased speed in the current, which in turn menas that there can be even more pixels in a screen than standard LCD displays. A 6.1 inch screen that Sharp had on show displayed a fairly large 2560 by 1600 pixel resolution, which is an impressive dpi for a screen of that size.

Sporting various other benefits such as lower power consumption and a thinner size it also makes touch panels more accurate, which really helps the mobile device market, and hopefully we will see IGZO in products in the near future.

According to  an article on Computerworld.com , the technology has its roots in the Tokyo Institute of Technology, with a Professor Hideo Hosono, who first synthesized transistors using the semiconductor in the 1990's and has been researched ever since througout the eastern hemipshere.

The cost of the IGZO technology isn't significantly more expensive than ordinary LCD screens according to Sharp, claiming the production costs are similar.