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Sharp Develops 2500:1 Contrast Ratio In-Vehicle LCD

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Ideal for Incorporating into Vehicle Instrument Panels

Sharp Corporation has successfully developed a new LCD for in-vehicle applications that achieves a contrast ratio of 2500:1, the industry’s highest.*

Until now, the market for LCDs for in-vehicle applications has been expanding centered mainly on rear-seat entertainment (RSE) systems to watch television, DVDs, etc., in the back seat, and car navigation systems. Recently, the trend to incorporate LCDs into the instrument panel has also been accelerating. These LCDs are intended to display read-outs from gauges such as the speedometer, as well as simultaneously display images that enlarge the driver’s field of vision and provide visual guidance and safety warnings via connections with cameras and various sensors mounted on the vehicle.

In this light, Sharp has successfully developed an LCD that features a contrast ratio of 2500:1, the industry’s highest, while maintaining the high reliability and durability demanded by in-vehicle applications. This development was achieved by optimizing the pixel design in the LCD panel and improving the performance of components such as color filters.

Incorporating this LCD into the dashboard will enable improved readability, and the unprecedented deep, rich blacks of the display will make it possible to design high-end instrument panels in which the LCD integrates well into black-colored dashboard.

As the leading manufacturer of LCDs, Sharp will continue to develop not only large-format LCDs for televisions and other applications, but also LCDs for in-vehicle use, a field for which demand is expected to growth in the future.

Specifications

Screen size 8-inch
Pixel count 800 x RGB x 480
Contrast 2500:1
Viewing angle Vertical: 176°, horizontal: 176°
Luminance 500 cd/m2
Operating temperature range -30C° to 85°C

* As of September 27, 2007, for LCDs for in-vehicle applications.

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