Taipei, Thursday, May 7, 2015 12:21 (GMT+8)
mostly cloudy
Taipei
26°C
Digitimes Research: On-cell touch panels unlikely to win favor in high-end smartphones in 2014
Jason Yang, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Monday 14 July 2014]

The on-cell touchscreen technology led by US-based touch control IC maker Synaptics and China-based Focaltech have accumulated total unit shipments of one million since the beginning of the technology's mass production in October 2013.

Panel makers have gradually conquered low yield problems, but Digitimes Research believes that most vendors' unwillingness to try out new technology plus difficulties to significantly reduce thickness prior to the end of 2014, will limit the technology from becoming suitable for high-end smartphones.

Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) was the earliest maker to start mass producing on-cell touch panels. Its first client was China-based CoolPad with touch control ICs supplied by Focaltech. Meanwhile, Synaptics is cooperating with Innolux to supply panels to Nokia.

Prior to the end of the first quarter 2014, only CPT had achieved shipments of one million on-cell touch panels and the volume was considered quite good an emerging technology.

HannStar started mass production of on-cell touch panels in May 2014, using color filter production lines from its subsidiary HannsTouch Solution. HannStar supplies panels to ZTE with estimated shipments of 700,000 units per month.

Although shipments are considered quite good for an emerging technology, compared to original expectations of on-cell touch panels seriously threatening traditional touch panel makers, in the second half of 2013, performance is still far from satisfactory.

Despite panel makers' improvements in management of the on-cell technology's manufacturing process, most handset vendors still have barriers towards adopting emerging technology.

More importantly, if an on-cell touch panel adopts single-layer multi-touch technology, the panel's size and resolution are both small, limiting its applications at sub-5-inch and WVGA-level products.

At the same time, pinholes on the surface of the glass can easily expand during the glass thinning process and reduce yield rates; therefore most on-cell touch panels are not being thinned.

As a result, lacking sufficient resolution and thinness, Digitimes Research estimates that on-cell touch panels are unlikely to be a match for traditional touchscreen technologies such as GFF prior to the end of 2014.

Realtime news
  • Intel to host conference for newly established stylus alliance

    Before Going to Press | May 6, 21:36

  • TPK Holding reports revenues for April 2015

    Before Going to Press | May 6, 21:35

  • Altek reports revenues for April 2015

    Before Going to Press | May 6, 21:35

  • Radiant reports revenues for April 2015

    Before Going to Press | May 6, 21:35

  • Largan Precision reports revenues for April 2015

    Before Going to Press | May 6, 21:34

  • Microsoft decreasing orders to supply chains

    Before Going to Press | May 6, 21:33

  • Acer purchasing department head to retire

    Before Going to Press | May 6, 21:33

  • Realtek reports increased April revenues

    Before Going to Press | May 6, 21:27

  • Inspection firm Sporton reports increased April revenues

    Before Going to Press | May 6, 21:26

  • Winbond reports decreased April revenues

    Before Going to Press | May 6, 21:26

  • PV module prices in US fall, say Taiwan makers

    Before Going to Press | May 6, 21:25

  • Everlight Electronics showcasing LED lighting at 2015 LightFair International

    Before Going to Press | May 6, 21:24

Pause
 | 
View more

Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2015

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 10, 15:57

The server market did not perform well in 2014 though rising demand from Internet data centers (IDCs) and China brands helped global shipments (measured by motherboards) grow 7.1% to 10.4 million. Using this as the base for growth, in 2015 the market is expected...

How China is shaping the LTE/TD-LTE market in 2015

CHINA SMARTPHONE | Apr 9, 15:42

Digitimes Research estimates that the global LTE market doubled in size to 445 million users in 2014 and we further forecast that annual growth in the number of LTE users will remain above 70% between 2015-2016, with the overall market reaching 1.466 billion...

Global tablet market – 1Q 2015

GLOBAL TABLET | May 6, 18:17

Global shipments of tablets in the first quarter of 2015 totaled only 49.08 million units, representing an on-quarter drop of 35% and an on-year decrease of 15%.

Taiwan LCD monitors – 1Q 2015

TAIWAN DISPLAY SYSTEM | Apr 28, 15:25

Taiwan makers' first-quarter 2015 LCD monitor shipments dropped below 20 million units for the first time in almost a decade, as demand continued to be weak.

Taiwan digital cameras – 1Q 2015

TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | Apr 28, 10:33

DSCs continue to be cannibalized by smartphones with increasingly better camera functions. Taiwan's DSC makers saw a short-lived rebound in shipments in fourth-quarter 2014, but slipped back to a downward trend in first-quarter 2015.

2015 China IC design market forecast
2015 global tablet demand forecast
2015 global notebook demand forecast
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.