Sharp and Toshiba to Form LCD Alliance

Sharp Corporation and Toshiba Corporation have agreed to collaborate closely in LCDs, a move that is expected to enhance the companies' corporate value, profitability and global competitiveness. The alliance will take advantage of Sharp's capabilities in LCDs and Toshiba's expertise in advanced semiconductors. Sharp and Toshiba will initiate the collaborative partnership in fiscal year 2008, starting with an expansion of reciprocal procurement - Sharp's procurement of system LSIs for LCDs from Toshiba, and Toshiba's procurement of Sharp's LCD modules for TVs of 32 inches and larger.

Through the program, Sharp aims to satisfy about 50% of its total demand for system LSIs for TVs in fiscal year 2010, while Toshiba targets meeting 40% of its demand for LCD modules in the same year. System LSIs for TVs are increasingly required to support advanced functions and higher levels of performance alongside their core role of image processing. As TVs shift to higher levels of resolution, Toshiba's system LSIs for TVs deliver the company's advanced expertise and achievements in image processing in products that meet the most exacting requirements of major TV set manufacturers.

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