Sharp Corp exhibited odd-shaped displays for automotive use at Ceatec Japan 2017, which took place from Oct 3 to 6, 2017, at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
Sharp calls them "Free Form Display." This time, the company showcased two kinds of displays: horizontally-long and circular displays expected to be used for instrument panels. They are both TFT LCD displays using the "IGZO" oxide semiconductor.
The size of the horizontally-long display is equivalent to 40 inches. It was made by connecting two horizontally-long displays measuring about 23 inches each. Its horizontal and vertical pixel counts are about 8,000 and about 1,000, respectively. For driving such horizontally-ultra-long high-resolution panels, Sharp's technology to embed IGZO TFT-based gate drivers in a panel is effective, the company said.
The upper right and left corners of the display have a curved shape so that they fit in with the designs of instrument panels.
Sharp also exhibited a circular display. It plans to start volume production of the circular and horizontally-long displays in 2020 and 2021, respectively. At the time of volume production, the horizontally-long display will use a single panel instead of two panels, according to the company.