Austin, Tex. — Touch-screen shipments have increased 29 percent in 2009, reaching 606 million units, according to new analysis from DisplaySearch. The market researcher forecasts that capacitive touch screens will surpass resistive touch revenues in 2010.
However, DisplaySearch says resistive is still the leading technology in terms of unit shipments, and 90 companies are manufacturing these types in 2010. Fifty-six companies are supplying projected capacitive in 2010, which is nearly twice as many as last year’s 27 suppliers, says the market research firm.
“Touch-screen penetration has been rapidly increasing in mobile phone, PMP/MP3, portable navigation, and other applications. Over the next several years, touch screens will undergo strong growth in large-size applications such as all-in-one PCs, mini-note/slate PCs, and education/training,” said Jennifer Colegrove, PhD, director of display technologies at DisplaySearch, in a statement.
The report,”Touch Panel Market Analysis,” indicates that there are more than a dozen touch-screen technologies with some companies only supplying a single touch technology, while others supply several such as Elo/Tyco Electronics and 3M, says DisplaySearch. The supply base also includes manufacturers of controller ICs and complete modules.
A key finding shows that mobile phones are the biggest application for touch screens in terms of unit shipments. In 2009, 376 million units shipped, holding a 25.6 percent share of the market.
The report also indicates that both in-cell touch and on-cell projected capacitive touch technologies were commercialized in 2009.