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300ppi LCD tablet panels to gain wider market

Posted: 23 Jul 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LCD? tablets? high-resolution displays?

The latest forecast from IHS has revealed that high-resolution LCD panels with resolutions of 300 pixels per inch (ppi) or more are appearing in media tablets for the first time this year, with shipments set to approach 13 million units from virtually zero in 2012. This is according to IHS that added that shipments will more than double next year and continue to climb to 55 million units by 2017.

"Tablet makers want to differentiate their products, increase their market presence, boost demand and improve their profitability by offering high-performance displays," said Sweta Dash, senior director for display research at IHS. "Display suppliers are supporting this trend with increased production of higher-pixel-density LCD panels that employ the latest technologies to pack more pixels into every inch of screen space. This will create a whole new class of displays with 300ppi and higher resolution that will represent the new high end for the tablet business."

The 300ppi class will join existing 200ppi categories to form a freshly expanded line of high-resolution displays. And while shipments of such panels will keep growing and increasingly rule the tablet space, lower-resolution panels of 100-150ppi and 151-200ppi will see their markets decline or remain flat over the years.

Prior to 300 ppi, the highest resolution for tablets was in the 251-300ppi range, where Apple's 9.7in iPad 4 and the 9in Barnes & Noble nook HD+ belong. Panel shipments for this resolution segment are forecast this year to reach 67.2 million units, up 47 per cent from 45.7 million in 2012.

Below that segment are tablet panels in the 200-251ppi range, home to the 7in Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the 10in Google Nexus 10. Panel shipments here are projected this year at 22.8 million units, up 88 per cent from 12.1 million.

Some of the new high-resolution displays slated for release this year will make use of oxide thin film-transistor (TFT) technology, similar to what was glimpsed at SID. The technology is considered a next-generation solution for panels, due to the mechanism's high transparency and low power consumption.

High-resolution displays will also be coming to LCD panels for notebook PCs, judging from the SID exhibits. Samsung unveiled a 13.3in notebook PC panel with 275ppihigher than the 227ppi of the much lauded 13in Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Meanwhile, LG Display presented a 14in notebook LCD panel featuring 221ppi.

For the notebook business in particular, where sales have suffered as consumers defected to smartphones and tablets, high-resolution displays could be what mobile PC manufacturers need to entice consumers to replace their older laptops. The new displays can be deployed to make products stand out from the rest of the field, create new demand among consumers, and boost revenue and profitability, IHS noted.





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