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Tablets to drive display shipments by 56% this year

Posted: 19 Sep 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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According to the latest data from IHS, soaring tablet shipments will drive a 56 percent annual increase in shipments for the tablet display market in 2012. Shipments of tablet displays this year are projected to reach 126.6 million units, up from 82.1 million units in 2011.

"Media tablets increasingly are becoming the biggest growth driver in the market for the small and medium display market," said Vinita Jakhanwal, director for small & medium displays at IHS. "While the 9in segment dominated by the iPad will account for the majority of tablet display shipments this year, the fastest-growing portion of the market will the 7.x-in screens used in products such as the Galaxy Tab from Samsung Electronics, the Kindle Fire from Amazon, the Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble and other tablet products using the Google Android operating system."

About 74.3 million units, or 59 percent of all tablet display panel shipments, will come from the 9.x-in segment, of which the iPad is the uncontested leader. Growth in the 9.x-in tablet panel sector this year is forecast to rise 35 percent from 55.2 million units in 2011.

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Worldwide Tablet Panel Display Shipment Forecast by Size (Millions of Units)
Source: IHS iSuppli Research, September 2012.

The second-largest size segment for tablet displays this year will be the 7.x-in. Shipments of the 7.x-in tablet display in 2012 will amount to 41.1 million units, nearly double from 20.8 million units last year.

This means the 7.x-in category will control 32 percent of the tablet display space in 2012, compared to 26 percent in 2011.

The 9.x-in sector this year is giving up some market share. And while it will continue to lead the tablet panel space this year, the 7.x-in category will be helped by the launch of lower-priced tablets in that size segment, along with what is widely believed will be a product offering from Apple later this year for a smaller iPad.

The rest of the tablet display market in 2012 will be divided between the 8.x-in size, with about nine percent share; and the 5.x-in, with less than one percent share.

LG Display and Samsung Display were the main suppliers of tablet displays in Q1 with 42 percent and 38 percent shipment market share, respectively. Both are market leaders because they make the LCD panels that are used in the iPad, which continued to dominate the media tablet space with a commanding 58 percent of all tablets shipped in Q1.

Aside from supplying Apple, LGD also furnishes display panels to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, while Samsung provides panels to its internal tablet division. Investments are being made by the two major tablet panel suppliers in capacity allocation and technological improvements to supply high-performance tablet panels and to develop wide-viewing-angle technologies such as in-plane switching (IPS) and fringe-field switching (FFS). Both LGD and Samsung Display are also looking to convert amorphous-silicon fabs into making oxide silicon panels to help improve tablet panel resolution, power consumption and overall performance.

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