Qualcomm (QCOM) to Make $120M Investment in Sharp Under IGZO Development Deal

December 4, 2012 7:49 AM EST Send to a Friend
Sharp Corporation (OTCBB: SHCAY) announced that the Company has reached an agreement with Pixtronix Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), concerning the development of Pixtronix's MEMS displays. In addition, Sharp signed the capital alliance agreement and will issue new shares by a third party allotment with Qualcomm Incorporated as the allottee.

MEMS display to be developed jointly by the two companies is a display using ultrafine process technology and existing display manufacturing infrastructure with features including high color reproducibility and low-power consumption. The development for commercialization of MEMS display will be achieved by integrating Sharp’s core display technology, IGZO and MEMS display technology of Pixtronix.

In addition, Sharp is planning to accept up to 9.9 billion yen (roughly $120 million) from Qualcomm in equity investment to pursue this joint development. This capital will be used for the development of MEMS display and necessary capital investments related thereto targeting for the achievement of the technology for commercialization.

With this agreement, the two companies will consider the possibility of further collaboration of chipsets by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated and IGZO-based display technology for lower power consumption and higher performance of mobile terminals.

With this agreement, Sharp will accelerate its strategy for growth in small- to medium- sized LCD business with IGZO-based display technology as its core, and expand its revenue and corporate value.


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