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Sharp providing flagship IGZO display panels to Nintendo’s new Switch


Sharp has announced today that it will be providing Nintendo with its flagship display panel for Switch which is called, IGZO. It’s not clear which models will benefit from this. It could be the Nintendo Switch Lite coming in September, the revised Switch with longer battery life (though this is already available in certain regions), or the next Switch console.

IGZO—indium gallium zinc oxide—is a semiconducting material that the Osaka-based display maker was first to use in mass-produced display panels. Its features include high resolution, low energy consumption and durability.

“We will provide what we are most good at, IGZO,” said Sharp Executive Vice President Katsuaki Nomura, when asked what type of displays it was providing to a videogame client. The Wall Street Journal reported in March that Sharp was set to be a supplier for Nintendo’s flagship Switch console this year.


People familiar with Nintendo’s product planning say it has ideas for further updates to the Switch lineup after those two models to make the platform’s lifecycle long. Chief Executive Shuntaro Furukawa has said the company is always working on new hardware.

Sharp’s Mr. Nomura didn’t specify which model would feature the IGZO displays.


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