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TFT LCD display market to hit 230 crore units

Posted: 17 Sep 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

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Smart phones, tablet PCs and other products needing small- and medium-sized displays will spur the global shipments of TFT LCD panels by 28.1% says iSuppli.

The TFT LCD display market is expected to ship 230 crore units in 2010. Reflecting an increase of 28.1 per cent over 180 crore units in 2009, this is the fastest growth of the market in three years, since an increase of 49.8 per cent in 2007.

"Sales of smart phones and tablets are booming in 2010 courtesy of the iPhone, the iPad and a range of competing products," reported Vinita Jakhanwal, director of small and medium displays research at iSuppli. "Because such devices focus on delivering a high-quality user experience, many are employing TFT-LCD displays that offer bright, sharp images—a move that represents a boon for the suppliers of these displays."

The market watcher adds that global smart phone shipments are set to rise by 35.5 per cent in 2010, while tablet PC shipments are projected to grow by 787.3 per cent, this growth driven almost exclusively by the Apple iPad.

Inspired by the iPhone 4, smart phone makers are adopting TFT LCDs using in-plane switching (IPS) technology, iSuppli said. IPS supports a wider viewing angle and better picture quality in terms of presentation of colour than a conventional LCD, while consuming less electricity, according to the firm.

All TFT-LCD suppliers now are making alliances or developing their own technology so that they can offer IPS displays to their smart phone and tablet customers, iSuppli said.

Meanwhile, iSuppli's electronic display research notes that active matrix OLEDs are also growing in the small/medium display market. AMOLEDs are expanding because of the rise of the Android smart phone market, the firm said.

However, the growth in TFT LCD shipments is expected to slow in 2011 as the expansion of the smart phone and tablet markets cools to more normal levels, iSuppli warned.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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