Sharp Hints At Move Into “Smart” Displays

It looks like Sharp will join the swelling ranks of big display manufacturers selling professional monitors with System on Chip players built inside.

The systems integrator online publication Installation has an ISE preview interview with Sid Stanley, Sharp’s Europe GM for  Visual Solutions, who says Sharp will be “significantly expanding our signage presence with a range of monitors that feature both System on Chip (SoC) integrated software and the new OPS (Open Pluggable Specification) standard – mini OPS.”

Sharp last fall announced a new PN-R series that have the new Mini Open Pluggable Specification (Mini OPS) design (basically a built-in slot and connectors to slide in a small form factor PC), but this is the first, I think, I have seen of a mention of built-in SoC smarts.

Most of the display majors now have some sort of “smart signage” capability – Samsung with Tizen OS, LG with WebOS, Panasonic and Philips with Android, NEC with Raspberry Pis and Linux, and now, it seems, Sharp. AOpen also has smaller displays running ChromeOS.

I’m heading over to Amsterdam for ISE in less than two weeks, and will get a first-hand look at what’s up.

Dave Haynes

Dave Haynes

Editor/Founder at Sixteen:Nine
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for more than a decade. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He's based near Toronto.
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