Notebook displays eat up an awful lot of battery life, and as Intel continues to reduce the power consumption of its laptop chips, screens will account for an even higher percentage of power usage.
But building low power processors isn’t the only way to improve battery life. You can also reduce the power needs of displays — and Intel is talking to Sharp about supplying new low-power screens to be used in upcoming ultrabooks.
Ultrabooks are thin and light laptops that use Intel processors, offer speedy start times, and decent battery life.
Sharp’s IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) screens could be a good match for that sort of mobile computing device, because IGZO displays are thinner than typical LCDs and require less powerful backlights, which means they use less energy.
They can also be produced with high pixel densities. Sharp is already producing 10 inch, 2560 x 1600 IGZO displays, and Ultrabook News notes that the company has a prototype 13.5 inch, 3840 x 2160 pixel display.