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Smartphones Spur Shift in Small and Medium Display Panel Demand, IHS Says

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Manufacturers shift production to new high-resolution, high-power-performance display technologies

TOKYO, Japan (May 18, 2015) – Ongoing improvements in smartphone display performance is leading to increasing demand for high-resolution panels with lower power consumption requirements, which are not supported by the most common legacy technologies (non-crystalline thin-film silicon or a-Si for short). According to IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight, overall global shipments of small and medium (nine-inches or smaller) a-Si TFT panels are forecast to decline 7 percent year over year in 2015, to reach 1.6 billion units. At the same time, combined unit-shipments of newer LTPS TFT LCD and oxide TFT LCD panels will grow 33 percent, to reach 676 million units, while AMOLED panel production will increase 44 percent, to reach 260 million units. 

“Multi-function smartphone panels will continue to dominate the small and medium-sized display market this year, leading to a growing shift from a-Si TFT LCD to LTPS/oxide TFT LCD and AMOLED panels,” said Hiroshi Hayase, senior director for displays at IHS Technology. “This trend is expected to accelerate LTPS TFT investment and AMOLED panel production starting in 2016, which could affect the future survival of a-Si TFT suppliers.” 

Based on the latest information from the IHS Technology Quarterly Small/Medium Shipment and Forecast Report, across all applications and size categories, a-Si TFT LCD technology continues to lead growth in the flat panel display (FPD) industry. However, the rise in smartphones has caused eroding demand for simple function applications using a-Si TFT displays, such as feature phones, digital still cameras, portable games and other devices. “The smartphone performance revolution requires much higher displays resolution and lower power consumption, which at this time can only be supported by LTPS TFT LCD, oxide TFT LCD and AMOLED technologies,” Hayase said.

Source: IHS Quarterly Small/Medium Shipment and Forecast Report 

The IHS Quarterly Small/Medium Shipment and Forecast Report covers the entire range of small and medium (9-inches or smaller) displays shipped worldwide and regionally. Backed by data from over 35 suppliers, the report analyzes historical shipments and forecast projections. For information about purchasing this report, contact the sales department at IHS in the Americas at (844) 301-7334 or; in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at +44 1344 328 300 or; or Asia-Pacific (APAC) at +604 291 3600 or


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