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Taiwan makers expanding production of wearable displays: research

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 06 August 2015

Despite Taiwan-based panel makers lagging behind their rivals in South Korea and

Japan in mainstream TFT-LCD and AMOLED panel technologies, they have the

advantage in producing displays used for wearable devices.



According to a recent report by market researcher Digitimes Research, Taiwanese

manufacturers have a number of old factories that have been converted to

producing the passive matrix organic light emitting diode (PMOLED) and

electrophoretic display (EPD) technologies.



Also, the Taiwanese panel producers have been strengthening their research and

development efforts for use in smartwatches and smart wristbands, the Taipei-based

research company said.



While Chinese makers have focused on thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-

LCD) expansion and South Korean manufacturers are pushing active-matrix organic

light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays, Taiwanese panel producers such as AU

Optronics Corp. are trailing relatively behind in the two sectors and need other

technologies to compete in the wearables segment, Digitimes Research said.



Taiwan's Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd. and HannStar Display Corp., for example, are

promoting semi-finished, low-cost "open cell" displays to white-box wearable

vendors in China in a bid to maintain their presence in the segment, Digitimes

Research found.



Meanwhile, EPD solutions are mainly used in niche products and Hydis Technologies

Co., the Korean subsidiary of Taiwan-based electronics-paper supplier E Ink Holdings

Inc., will continue to act as the main producer of the technology while also pushing

PMOLED solutions, Digitimes Research said.



Another research group IHS Inc. has forecast that the display panel market for all

types of wearable electronic items will enjoy very rapid growth in the years to come,

with overall shipments expected to surge to 800 million units in 2023 from 54 million

units in 2014.



Source: Focus Taiwan

Chi-wei Chang (jojochang@taitra.org.tw)


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