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Analyst sees 794M touchscreens shipping in 2012

Posted: 22 Dec 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:touchscreen? interface? display?

Touchscreens are one of the most efficient means of implementing user control. They facilitate the creation of dynamic user interfaces that are intuitive and easy-to-use. They offer time and effort savings with increased productivity, especially in the case of handheld devices, as touchscreens allow the design of the largest display possible for a particular form factor.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan's Global Touchscreen ICs Market Outlook finds that market shipped 377 million units in 2008 and estimates this to reach 794 million units in 2012. In this research, the market analyst covers both capacitive and resistive technologies.

All types of input devices are adopting touchscreens due to their lower prices and wider availability, compelling vendors to provide the absolute best in performance. Semiconductor manufacturers are alert to these opportunities and have responded by developing ICs that enhance touchscreen performance.

"Touchscreen IC manufacturers are providing turnkey solutions to customers to enable easy integration into their display systems," says Jayalakshmi Janakiraman, a research analyst from Frost & Sullivan.

For further increase in touch penetration, touchscreen handset platforms have to be equipped to address certain usability issues such as the lack of crisp multi-sensorial feedback.

The timeliness and accuracy of feedback from the input device is vital for a smooth interactive user experience. In a touch environment, visual feedback is critical, while audio feedback can be used as a secondary mechanism. Meanwhile, haptic feedback can help users transition from a key-based device to a touchscreen.

"Touchscreen IC manufacturers are required to tailor their solutions to allow their customers to provide a richer end-user experience," notes the analyst. "If greater responsiveness can be built in at the semiconductor level, it is likely to boost the adoption of touchscreens in wider variety of applications."

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