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Touch controller market to hit $7.7B in 2016

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:touch controller? market? tablet? smartphone?

According to a market research report from MarketsandMarkets, the total touch controller IC market is forecasted to approach $7.7 billion by 2016 with a CAGR of 42.8 percent from 2011 to 2016. The market research firm added that the reason behind this is the popularity of smartphones, tablets and other types of information appliances, which is driving the demand and acceptance of common touchscreens for portable and functional electronics.

MarketsandMarkets noted that with a display of a simple smooth surface, and direct interaction without any hardware (keyboard or mouse) between the user and content, fewer accessories are required. Touchscreens are popular in the medical field, and in heavy industry, as well as kiosks such as museum displays or room automation, where keyboard and mouse systems do not allow a suitably intuitive, rapid, or accurate interaction by the user with the display content.

Historically, the touchscreen sensor and its accompanying controller-based firmware have been made available by a wide array of after-market system integrators, and not by display, chip or motherboard manufacturers. Display manufacturers and chip manufacturers worldwide have acknowledged the trend toward acceptance of touchscreens as a highly desirable user interface component and have begun to integrate touchscreens into the fundamental design of their products.

The market for the touch controller IC has emerged due to the heavy penetration of touch screens in electronics devices. More than 80 percent of the revenue of the touch controller IC market is contributed by the consumer electronics segment. The reason for the high share of the consumer electronics segment is due to the rapid adoption of touch screens for mobile phone and tablets.

The product market for the touch controller IC is segmented in three different waysby functionality, by module type and by the panel technology type. Panel technology is the working principle of a touch panel/module. These technologies are resistive, capacitive, infrared, optical, on-cell and in-cell. Capacitive technology heavily dominates the market because of the advantages such as multitouch, zero pressure touch and long life. Because of these advantages, many mobile phones and tablets come with capacitive technology.

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