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Touchscreen fever to spread to PCs in 2010

Posted: 19 Jan 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PC  touch screen  mobile 

IT device market used to be provider-oriented. Now, it�s changing into the consumer-oriented market with emphasis on user friendliness. In accordance with this electronic products using touch sensor or touch screen, like navigation, PDA, game console and mobile phone are briskly being launched. Touch sensing technology used to be earlier applied to only some high-end mobile phones, mobile devices or digital consumer devices. But now it�s becoming more popular, expanding the market. This �touch fever� is expected to continue into the year 2010.

Mobile phone, still the king

Ever since Apple launced its iPhone, major local companies have been competitively introducing their own mobile phones and smart phones with touch screens. Even in 2010, the touch-screen panel market is expected to continue to grow around the touch phones, from which its greatest demand comes.

According to iSuppli, the global touch-screen module market in 2010 is projected to record Rs.22,521.49 crore ($4.81 billion), a 15-percent increase from the previous year. Among this, the mobile-phone touch screen will take up 31.1 percent, continuing to lead the market. And applications like game/entertainment, navigation system, MP3/PMP, PC, etc are projected to take up 5 to 10 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, 2009 was the year capacitive type touch screen, with its advantage in multi-touch feature, had risen over resistive type. �Overall trend shows that, in terms of method, market for capacitive type that enables multi-touch feature will become bigger than that of resistive type,� according to Han, Yong-Hyun, CEO of GreenChip Inc., a local touch-screen startup developing GreenTouch Engine algorithm, which is supposed to reduce active current consumption down to a quarter and increase the reliability by 3 to 5 times compared to competitions.

According to the recent report by LIG Investment & Securities, the capacitive type market is projected to show rapid growth, from Rs.983.27 crore ($210 million) in 2008 to Rs.1,779.24 crore ($380 million) in 2009 and Rs.2668.87 crore ($570 million) in 2010. Which, in turn, will steadily bring down the market share of resistive type from 69 percent in 2008 to 59 percent in 2009 and 57 percent in 2010.

ATLab Inc., a local optical and touch sensor company, developed Touchware to accelerate the popularization of capacitive type. Lee, Bang-Won, president of ATLab, said that the Touchware enables module, chip and mobile phone companies to execute independent cooperation. �This innovation in supply chain allows you to differentiate your mobile phones even with the same modules and sensor chips,� he said. Having successfully developed both capacitive type and resistive type digital multi-touch technology last year, ATLab plans to develop �R-Plus-C� technology, which will boast best of both technologies.

Multi-touch PC market rising

In 2009, the introduction of Windows 7, Microsoft�s new OS with multi-touch feature, led to the launching of a host of new touch-screen PCs by local companies including TriGem Computer, Samsung Electronics, etc. With touch-screen market thus opened for PC sector, many PC display panel manufacturers are expected to enter the touch-screen module market in 2010.

- EE Times-Korea

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