Sharp Corporation

Sharp Corporation

company_name = Sharp Corporation
company_type = Corporation (tyo|6753, LuxSE|SRP)
foundation = Tokyo, Japan (1912)
location_city = flagicon|JPN Osaka
location_country = Japan
key_people = Mikio Katayama, President
num_employees = 47,600 (Consolidated, as of August 31, 2005)
revenue = ) (Fiscal year ended March 31, 2006)
industry = Electronics
products = Audio-Visual and communication equipments, Home appliances, Information equipments, ICs, LCDs, Other electronic components
homepage = [ SHARP World Index]
company_slogan = Be Sharp / From Sharp Minds Come Sharp Products |
Nihongo|Sharp Corporation|シャープ株式会社|Shāpu Kabushiki-gaisha (tyo|6753, LuxSE|SRP) is a Japanese electronics manufacturer, founded in 1912. It takes its name from one of its founder's first inventions, the Ever-Sharp mechanical pencil, which was invented by Tokuji Hayakawa (早川 徳次) in 1915. Since then it has developed into one of the leading electronics companies in the world. As a semiconductor maker, Sharp is among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders and among the Top 100 R&D Spenders in a list published by "IEEE Spectrum" magazine. It gained public awareness in the United Kingdom when it sponsored Manchester United F.C. from 1982 to 2000, which was a great period of success for the club.


In 1912, Tokuji Hayakawa (早川 徳次) founded a metal workshop in Tokyo. One of his first inventions was the Ever-Sharp mechanical pencil in 1915, from which the Sharp Corporation took its name. [cite web |url= |title=Eversharp history |publisher=Vintage Pens |accessdate=2007-07-15] After the pencil business was destroyed by the Great Kantō earthquake in 1923, the company relocated to Osaka and started designing the first Japanese radio sets. These went on sale in 1925. In 1953 Sharp started production of television sets. Other notable achievements include the world's first all-transistor desktop calculator in 1964 and the first LCD calculator in 1973. LCD technology continues to be a key part of Sharp's product range, in both the component and the consumer-appliance sides of the business.

Core technologies

Core technologies and products include: LCD panels, solar panels, mobile phones, audio-visual entertainment equipment, video projectors, photocopiers, microwave ovens, cash registers, CMOS and CCD sensors, and flash memory.

The first commercial camera phone was also made by Sharp for the Japanese market in November 2000. Recent products include the ViewCam, the Ultra-Lite notebook PC, the Zaurus personal digital assistant, Sidekick 3, and the AQUOS flat screen television.


Sharp manufactures a variety of consumer electronic products. These include LCD televisions, sold under the Aquos brand, mobile phones, microwave ovens, Home Cinema and audio systems, air purification systems, fax machines and calculators. [ [ For your home at Sharp Electronics (UK) ] ]

For the Business market, Sharp also produces ranges of projectors and monitors and a variety of photocopiers and Laser Printers, in addition to electronic cash registers and Point of sale technologies. [ [ Sharp - Business Products - Home Page ] ]

Sharp is a pioneer and innovator in the field of multi-functional devices (MFD) having won many awards from BLI and BERTL - the two major authorities providing competitive intelligence and test reviews in the print industry. SHARP's latest products - MX2600N and MX3100N have once again broken new ground with the launch of version 3 Open System Architecture (OSA3). This feature enhances productivity further still by letting third party developers directly integrate their business applications with the MFD which allows scanning, storing and workflow management functions to be taken to new levels of efficiency.

Sharp Solar has been a leading supplier of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells for a number of years. Now, it offers solar TV [ [ Sharp Deutschland Solar - Photovoltaik und Solarmodule ] ] .

Sharp's Mobile Communications Division created the world's first commercial camera phone, in Japan in 1997, and continues to be a leading player in the Japanese mobile phone market, also maintaining a position as a niche supplier outside Japan. Currently (2008), Sharp is collaborating with Emblaze Mobile on the "Monolith", " ambitious project to design the ultimate holistic mobile device". [cite web | title = The Monolith Project | publisher = Emblaze Mobile | url = | accessdate = 2008-10-08 ]

Humanoid Robot

In 2006 Sharp said it has developed a humanoid robot that clears dishes from the table and puts them into a dishwasher. The robot (measuring 95x50x45cm) opens the door of the dishwasher, takes hold of teacups, rice bowls and plates, places them in the unit and closes the door [cite web |url= |title=Sharp robot | |accessdate=2007-07-15]


Net sales for the year 2003/4 were $16.8 billion. The Corporation employs 46,600 staff, of which around half live outside Japan. It operates from 64 bases in 30 countries and its products are distributed in 164 countries worldwide. Many of its regional subsidiaries trade under the name "Sharp Electronics".

As a semiconductor maker, Sharp is among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders and among the Top 100 R&D Spenders in a list published by the IEEE Spectrum magazine.

Manchester United

Sharp was the principal sponsor of Manchester United Football Club from 1982 until 2000, in one of the lengthiest and most lucrative sponsorship deals in English football. [cite web | title = Vodafone in £30m Man Utd tie-up | publisher = BBC News Online (Business) | date = 11 February 2000 | url = | accessdate = 2008-04-08] [cite web | title = United must find new shirt sponsor | publisher = International | date = 24 November2005 | url = | accessdate = 2008-04-08] Sharp's logo was on the front of United's shirts during these 17 years, during which the team won seven Premier League titles, five FA Cups, one Football League Cup, one European Cup Winners' Cup and one European Cup. As this period was something of a golden era for the club, with a (coincidental) decline in fortunes happening once Vodafone became the new shirt sponsors in 2000, some fans now term this period—particularly 1993–2000—as "The Sharp Years".


*22-22, Nagaike-cho, Abeno-ku, Osaka, Japan
*1 Sharp Plaza Mahwah, New Jersey 07430, USA

Associated companies

*Pioneer Corporation


*Mitsubishi Electric
*Thomson SA

ee also

* Sharp Aquos—"Sharp's range of LCD televisions"
* Sharp GX15—"mobile phone"
* Sharp Solar
* List of Sharp mobile phones


External links

* [ International website]
* [ Japanese website]
* [ U.S. website]
* [ Sharp Electronics Europe]
* [ Sharp Electronics Russia]
* [ Sharp Software Development India]
* [ Sharp phones] features, reviews, specifications & technical details
* [ Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (SMA) website]
* [ Sharp Laboratories of America (SLA) website]
* [ Sharp Laboratories of Europe (SLE) website]
* [ Sharp Telecommunications of Europe (STE) website]
* [ SHARP Operation Manuals Site (free, official)]
* [ Sharp instruction manuals]
* [ A robot kit using SHARP infrared distance sensors]
* [ Sharp 904]
* [ AQUOSケータイ Vodafone(〓SoftBank) 905SH]
* [ Sharp's German website]
* [ Sharp Electronics (UK) Ltd website]

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