As TFT LCD displays move rapidly toward higher resolutions and higher pixel densities, consumer and manufacturer demand for such monitors is increasing in the near term, especially in smartphones and tablet PCs. According to a new report by NPD DisplaySearch, 4K (3840*2160) ultra-high definition (UHD) TV is starting to take off, and some notebook PCs and desktop computer monitors have already begun adopting high-resolution flat panel displays [FPDs].
“Previously used only for iPhones and other high-end smartphones, high-resolution displays are making in-roads in everything from personal computer monitors to public displays. Declining costs for high-resolution FPDs are expected to lead to greater consumer market demand for less expensive products with sharper resolution,” said Yoshio Tamura, research fellow at NPD DisplaySearch.
While displays with 200 pixels per inch [ppi] and higher denside had a 26.2% share of the FPD market on a unit basis in 2012, this share is expected to reach 34.8% this year and 53.4% in 2016. Starting in 2015, NPD DisplaySearch forecasts that FPDs with 200-250 ppi will account for the largest share of TFT LCDs shipped. The manufacturing capacity for low temperature polysilicon (LTPS), a form of TFT that enables high resolution FPDs, is expected to nearly double from 2013 to 2016.
“Demand for LCD displays with 300 ppi or greater has yet to catch up with the capacity; however, eventually LTPS LCD supply will increase, and so will demand for these displays in a multitude of products,” added Mr. Tamura.
Specific trends in high resolution FPDs include the following:
- In smartphones, full HD FPDs with 350 ppi or greater started to ship in 2012, and are expected to have a 14% share of shipments in 2013, increasing to 32% by 2015.
- In tablet PCs, full HD FPDs with 250 ppi or greater started to ship in 2011, and are expected to have a 17% share this year, increasing to 35% in 2015.
- In notebook PCs, FPDs with full HD and higher resolutions will increase as a share of shipments between 2013 and 2015, from 16% to 31%.
- In desktop monitors, FPDs with 2000+ dot resolutions will increase as a share of shipments between 2013 and 2015, from 3% to 8%.
- In large screen sizes (50” and larger), 4K UHD began shipping in 2012, and is expected to have a 6% share of shipments this year and increase to 24% by 2015.