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Apple devices drive growth in force sensing display tech

Posted: 21 Dec 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Apple  force sensing  touch controller  smartphone 

According to the latest report from IHS Inc., Apple's use of Force Touch technology in the Apple Watch and 3D Touch in the iPhone 6S line is driving growth in force sensing and other touch-panel enhancements in mobile devices. In fact, other brands and IC makers are in the neighbourhood to develop their own force sensing solutions, mainly for high-end and mid-range smartphones due to the high cost, added the market research firm.

In 2016, force sensing module shipments are expected to grow 317 per cent to reach 461 million units in 2016. Nearly one quarter (24 per cent) of new smartphones shipped will include the technology, stated IHS.

"Aside from force sensing solutions, touch controller IC makers are aggressively expanding production of in-cell and on-cell touch displays to further improve touch interfaces for smartphone users," said Calvin Hsieh, director of touch and user interface research for IHS Technology. According to the latest IHS Touch User Interface Report, in-cell and on-cell touch panel shipments will reach 40 per cent of all mobile phone touch-panel shipments in 2015, rising to 50 per cent in 2018. "Smartphone touch controller IC makers are focused on developing new features to spur growth in the maturing touch panel market."

Force sensing module forecast

IHS forecasted that in 2016, force sensing module shipments will grow 317 per cent to reach 461 million units in 2016, and nearly 24 per cent of new smartphones shipped will include the technology.

The ongoing evolution in the touch-panel industry is also changing the supply chain and affecting competition. Touch controller IC makers, primarily in Taiwan and China, accounted for more than 45 per cent of the market for major information technology and consumer electronics products in 1H15, added the market research firm.





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