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Touchscreen shipments go over 600M in '09

Posted: 28 May 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:touchcreen? touch panel? capacitive touch?

DisplaySearch's 2010 Touch Panel Market Analysis found that total touchscreen shipments increased 29 percent y-on-y in 2009, to 606 million units.

"Touchscreen penetration has been rapidly increasing in mobile phone, PMP/MP3, portable navigation, and other applications. Over the next several years, touchscreens will undergo strong growth in large-size applications such as all-in-one PCs, mini-note/slate PCs, and education/training," noted Jennifer Colegrove, director of display technologies at DisplaySearch.

As the previous 2009 report forecasted, projected capacitive shipments have increased substantially. Projected capacitive touch has been popularized by Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch since 2007, and with the iPad adopting it in 2010, DisplaySearch forecasts that projected capacitive will pass resistive touch technology to become the leading touch technology in 2010, measured by revenues.

The touchscreen industry is extremely diverse, with many companies pursuing several different technologies. There are over a dozen touchscreen technologies. Resistive is still the leading technology in terms of unit shipments, and 90 companies are manufacturing it in 2010.

However, projected capacitive technology has attracted numerous suppliers, 56 companies are supplying projected capacitive in 2010, which is nearly twice as many as last year's 27 suppliers.

Some companies supply only a single touch technology, while others supply several, such as Elo/Tyco Electronics and 3M. Some companies only produce controller ICs; others manufacture entire modules, including the touch sensor and controller IC.

2009 Touchscreen technology market share by revenues

The report also found that mobile phones are the biggest application for touchscreens in terms of unit shipments. There were 376 million touchscreens shipped for mobile phone applications in 2009, which is 25.6 percent penetration of the overall market.

In-cell touch was commercialized for the first time in May 2009, with high growth and penetration into large size expected in 2010. On-cell projected capacitive touch was also commercialized in May 2009. However, yield rates need to be closely watched to control the cost.

The year 2010 will be the first time that projected capacitive touch technology surpasses resistive in market size. Other new touch technologies will be commercialized and increase penetration, such as on-cell and some combination-type touch panels.

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