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Microsoft Enters Licensing Agreement With Sharp

August 8, 2012 8:58 PM | Microsoft | Sharp |

Microsoft Corp. has entered into an IP licensing agreement with Sharp Corp. to use the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT). The agreement covers the use of exFAT in smartphones distributed by Sharp based on the Android platform. Today’s deal marks continued momentum by Microsoft for its exFAT technology licensing program.

exFAT is a modern file system that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability for an easy interchange of files between desktop PCs and other electronic devices. exFAT improves on its predecessor, the FAT file system, and greatly expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle — by more than five times over the previous technology. It also greatly increases the speed with which those files can be accessed.

Today’s agreement allows Sharp to incorporate the latest file system from Microsoft in its product portfolio and deliver faster response times and greater storage capabilities to consumers around the globe.

“Consumers today move from mobile phones, to PCs, to home entertainment systems throughout their day — and they expect their media to move as seamlessly across those devices as they do,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “This agreement allows Sharp to continue to stay ahead of the curve and give people around the world entertainment and productivity experiences that truly fit their lifestyles.”

Microsoft’s Commitment to Intellectual Property Collaboration


Sharp to Introduce Thinnest CMOS Camera Module for Smartphones

December 1, 2011 8:21 PM | Sharp | Technology |

Sharp Corporation has developed a 12.1-Megapixel, 1/3.2-inch CMOS camera module with optical image stabilization that features the industry’s thinnest profile (5.47 mm in height). The new RJ63YC100 is intended for use in mobile devices such as smartphones. Sample shipments will begin from December 2, 2011.

The new module’s thin profile has been developed in response to the demand for portable mobile devices with ever more slender designs. The module also addresses the need for embedded cameras in these devices to deliver superior image quality and camera functionality, including connectivity to AV equipment and personal computers.

The optical image stabilizer in this camera module uses a lens-shift system to control the lens inside the module. Sharp’s proprietary high-density packaging technology has made it possible to achieve the industry’s thinnest profile in this type of camera module, which is expected to help reduce the thickness of mobile devices such as smartphones.


Walmart Now Selling the Sharp FX Plus for AT&T

August 2, 2011 1:06 PM | AT&T | Sharp |

Walmart is now selling the new AT&T Sharp FX Plus; a sleek slider phone that adds functionality to a smartphone.

The Sharp FX Plus features a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easy messaging, and also runs on the Android 2.2 platform!

The Sharp FX Plus is great for individuals looking for a device that has advanced capabilities offered though the Android OS but still meets the basic needs for messaging and entertainment capabilities.

The Sharp FX Plus also features a 3.2" full touchscreen display, a 3 megapixel camera with zoom, Google Mobile Services, and Wi-Fi capabilities.

Sharp FX Plus (AT&T) also includes:



AT&T Announced Availability of the Sharp FX

July 20, 2010 9:44 AM | AT&T | Cell Phone TV | Sharp |

AT&T today announced the July 25 availability of Sharp FX, the first quick messaging phone from Sharp on the AT&T network and the latest AT&T Mobile TV-capable device.  The Sharp FX is being brought to market by Personal Communications Devices, LLC.

The Sharp FX has a full touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard for quick access to messaging, IM, email and social networking. The device also features an MP3 player, 2.0 megapixel digital camera with camcorder and Bluetooth 2.1. 

Other available features include:

  • AT&T Address Book, which syncs contacts to an online address book so customers can access and manage their mobile contacts from their handset — or their PC. Synchronization occurs automatically when any change is made, so contact information is always backed up.


Nissan, NTT DOCOMO & Sharp Announce Cell Phone to Unlock & Start Car

September 24, 2008 10:46 AM | Sharp |

Nissan Motor, NTT DOCOMO and Sharp Corporation announced today that they have jointly developed a mobile phone capable of functioning as an intelligent key for automobiles - a world's first. The device will incorporate Nissan's Intelligent Key system, already a standard feature in various Nissan vehicles.

Nissan's Intelligent Key system, installed in more than 950,000 units of various Nissan models since 2002, employs two-way wireless communications technology to automatically unlock/lock the car door and start/stop the engine. Nissan and Sharp has now integrated these electronic intelligent-key, wireless communications and electromagnetic technologies into the new handset.

As mobile phones increasingly become a daily necessity, the integration of these technologies and the potential to further expand related functionality helped to bring together the three parties, who expect users to appreciate the seamlessly integrated features of their new handset.

World's First Mobile Phone with Built-in Intelligent Key


Sharp Develops Thinnest LCD for Mobile Devices

October 23, 2007 11:29 AM | Sharp | Technology |

Sharp Corporation has successfully developed a 2.2-inch super-thin LCD for mobile devices with a thickness of only 0.68 mm, the industry's thinnest.

Mobile devices such as mobile phones and digital cameras are rapidly becoming thinner as manufacturers strive to improve portability and offer consumers more stylish designs. As a result, thinner embedded components such as LCDs are also increasing in demand. In addition, the increase in demand for One-Seg (terrestrial digital broadcast) compatible handsets is leading to demands for greater visibility and higher image quality in displays intended for mobile devices.

In this light, Sharp has successfully developed a new 2.2-inch Mobile Advanced Super View LCD with a thickness of only 0.68 mm, the industry's thinnest, based on proprietary Sharp fabrication techniques for thin LCDs, in particular, glass substrate and backlight technologies.

Sharp's Super-Thin 2.2-Inch LCD 0.68 mm Thick


Sharp Develops Advanced LCD Panels for Mobile Devices

April 17, 2007 11:39 AM | Sharp | Technology |

Sharp Corp. today has announced the development of advanced LCD panels that will feature sharper moving images on portable devices such as mobile phones, pitting it against organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays.

The new panels have a response speed three times as fast as its conventional panels and the world's highest contrast ratio for 2-inch LCDs used in mobile devices. Digital broadcasting targeted at mobile devices is catching on and more digital camera makers are putting a camcorder function in their products, boosting demand for small-sized panels capable of giving finer images.

The Osaka-based company plans to make a sample shipment of the new liquid crystal display (LCD) panels by the end of the year for cellphones and aims for 100 billion yen ($836 million) in sales from the new products in the year ending March 2009.



Sharp Develops Widescreen Windows PDA EM-One

February 20, 2007 7:37 PM | Sharp |

Sharp has developed a widescreen Windows Mobile-based PDA (personal digital assistant) for a new Japanese cellular carrier (EMobile) that will begin service next month. It measures 140 millimeters by 70 millimeters and is 18.9 millimeters thick and weighs 250 grams including the battery pack.

The EM-One is compatible with EMobile Co.'s high-speed 3G (third-generation) data service that will launch on March 31 and offer download speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. Also packed into the device is:
  • 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth
  • tuner for Japan's mobile digital television broadcasts
  • full QWERTY keyboard slides out from behind the display for typing and the device also sports a camera,


First GSM with VGA display - Sharp 904

March 10, 2006 11:15 PM | Sharp | Comments (3)

Today Vodafone K.K. presented the latest addition to their portfolio, Vodafone 904SH, made by Sharp. This is the first GSM phone* with VGA display (480x640 pixels).

The new W-CDMA clamshell device has an internal 2.4" 262K colors VGA resolution display, which is four times better than the QVGA resolution. You can see pictures of this VGA display from the 3GSM Congress here. The external display is single-line monochrome with 12 x 72 pixels resolution. The 904SH also has Motion Control Sensor. This new technology enables measuring handset posture in all directions in 3D. It also has the first Face Recognition technology of Vodafone K.K.

The phone has almost the same measures as its famous predecessor Sharp 903 and it seems that it has the same camera - 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus and 2x optical zoom; another video call camera is also presented. The internal memory of the new Sharp 904 is 20 MB, it can be easily expanded with the help of the miniSD card slot. The phone has 3D surround sound support. Vodafone 904SH supports tri-band GSM networks and has Bluetooth and Infrared connectivity. It will be available in April 2006.