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Sharp lights up mobile electronics

Sharp on Friday unveiled a line of LCD (liquid-crystal display) screens that, according to the company, will make portable electronics such as digital cameras more brilliant.

The company's new screens, dubbed Sharp ASV LCD technology, combines features from its LCD televisions and its current line of small displays to offer better viewing characteristics, the Camas, Wash., company said in a statement. The screens, which will range in size from 1.5 inches to 6.5 inches, offer higher visibility in different lighting situations than previous screens, Sharp said. They also offer a relatively wide, 160-degree viewing angle and a relatively high contrast ratio of 300-to-1, features that are often seen in notebooks or flat-panel displays for desktop PCs. Sharp will begin shipping the line in small volumes for companies to sample in December. High-volume production will begin next spring. Sharp expects the smaller of the screens to show up in digital cameras and cellular phones, while large models will go into PDAs (personal digital assistants), portable televisions and automobile navigation systems.