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Digitimes Research: Touch panel makers shift to industrial control, automotive applications
Jen-Chieh Yang, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei

Conventional touch panel makers, due to stagnant demand for smartphones and tablets and growing adoption of In-Cell and On-Cell touch solutions, have shifted from consumer electronics to industrial control and automotive display applications for better profitability, according to Digitimes Research.

ITO film-based touch panel makers J Touch and Young Fast Optoelectronics have reduced production of touch panels used in consumer electronics and increased production of models used in industrial control and automotive displays, Digitimes Research indicated.

Faced with increasing competition, makers of touch panels used in industrial control and automotive displays, mainly Transtouch Technology, Abon Touchsystems and Higgstec, have adopted ITO film to produce large-size, e.g. 65-inch, touch panels and are adding handwriting functions to increase competitiveness.

In addition to touch panel makers, touch IC design houses, such as Elan Microelectronics and Goodix, have shifted to fingerprint recognition.

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