Published: June 19, 2014 | Japan
Sharp has developed the Free-Form Display that enables the creation of new display designs to match a variety of applications including vehicles.
For in-vehicle applications, the development makes it possible to have a single instrument panel on the car dashboard that combines a speedometer and other monitors. There are other possibilities for displays with sophisticated designs.
LCDs have contributed to the emergence and spread of a range of application products by offering not just display-related functions such as high brightness, wide viewing angle, high resolution, and superb color purity, but also by providing added value through, greater environmental performance and a superior user interface.
Sharp’s development of the Free-Form Display, can be shaped to meet a wide range of user needs, to the incorporation of IGZO technology and proprietary circuit design methods.
Conventional displays are rectangular because they require a minimal width for the bezel in order to accommodate the drive circuit, called the gate driver, around the perimeter of the screen’s display area. With the Free-Form Display, the gate driver’s function is dispersed throughout the pixels on the display area. This allows the bezel to be shrunk considerably, and it gives the freedom to design the LCD to match whatever shape the display area of the screen needs to be.