Sharp shows super-thin LCD screen

Posted by Mark Raby

Osaka (Japan) - Sharp has developed what it claims is the world's thinnest LCD screen, measuring in at less than 0.7 millimeters thick.

The new panel is designed for use in mobile phones, with a total size of 2.2 inches.  With a thickness of only 0.68 mm, Sharp says it is the industry's slimmest mobile LCD screen to date.

Based on the company's proprietary fabrication techniques, the LCD panel has a 2000:1 contrast ratio, a 176 degree viewing angle, and a response speed of eight milliseconds.

The new screen barely surpasses Samsung's old record, which was an LCD screen 0.7 mm thick.  The standard for most mobile devices is around 0.82 mm.

The resolution of Sharp's LCD screen is 240x320, with a QVGA output.  Sharp says the panel should be ready within the next year for use in devices such as mobile phones, digital cameras, and "other mobile devices".