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
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
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