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Apple to rule tablet touch screen space in 2011-2012

Posted: 22 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:tablet PC? touch screen? controller IC?

Apple Inc. will reign supreme in the tablet PC touch screen domain in 2011 and 2012, accounting for the majority of shipments. Its closest rivals could come close, but not until 2012 or beyond.

Market analysis firm DisplaySearch predicts that touch screen shipments for all tablet PCs would reach 60 million units in 2011 and soar to 260 million units in 2016, up 333 percent from 2011.

The touch screen supply chain is evolving differently in each region, based on variations in touch-screen technologies and customer needs, according to Jennifer Colegrove, DisplaySearch's vice president of emerging display technologies.

The DisplaySearch Q1'11 update notes that Taiwan suppliers are focusing on the overall value chain while expanding manufacturing capacity for touch panels. In North America, Atmel, Synaptics and IDT have announced new controller IC products for projected capacitive touch-screens. Japanese suppliers, such as Gunze and Suzutora, are expanding capacity of their ITO film lines.

According to the report, manufacturers are putting emphasis on providing ergonomic all-in-one PCs. HP unveiled the first touch screen all-in-one PC to feature a 60-degree reclining display. According to Colegrove, Apple applied for a patent in 2010 with a similar solution. This type of ergonomic solution will boost touch adoption for all-in-one PCs in the future.

The Q1'11 update serves as a supplement to the DisplaySearch 2010 Touch Panel Market Analysis.

- Nicolas Mokhoff
??EE Times

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