Category Archives: Touch screens

Apple Watch LTPO OLED analysis

September 13, 2018, by Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D. Principal Analyst, Touch Display Research Inc.

This week Apple announced the new iPhones and the new Watch for this holiday season. The new Apple Watch series 4 adopted a larger AMOLED display, which has 30% bigger display than its predecessor…..

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Interview Plastic Logic’s CEO about flexible display

August 28th, 2018 By Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D. Principal Analyst, Touch Display Research Inc.

This week, Touch Display Research interviewed Plastic Logic’s CEO, Mr. Tim Burne, about their flexible e-paper display and flexible touch screen. Mr. Tim Burne joined Plastic Logic in 2013 and became the CEO in 2015. Mr. Burne indicated Plastic Logic’s organic TFT (OTFT) backplane is very flexible and robust, thus it is very suitable for the curved wearable devices and many other applications.

Figure. e-paper display on wearable device

source: Touch Display Research Inc.

I tried on the bracelet with a flexible curved e-paper display, see picture here.

More information of the interview and analysis can be found in the Touch and Emerging Display monthly report and online market analysis articles for members.

 

3M’s metal mesh touch screen patents and lawsuits interview

August 24, 2018  By Jennifer Colegrove, Ph.D. Principal Analyst, Touch Display Research Inc.

This week 3M announced a patent infringement lawsuit again a touch panel supplier Tovis, its subsidiary Tovis North America, and Scientific Games Corporation. The suit alleges that certain Tovis touch display products which are used by Scientific Games in their gaming machines infringe 3M’s U.S. Patents 8,179,381; 9,823,786; 8,274,494; and 8,704,799.

In the “ITO-replacement: transparent conductor market 2017 report, Seventh edition”, Touch Display Research profiled over three hundred companies working on non-ITO transparent conductors. Metal mesh is one of the most popular transparent conductor materials and is widely used in projected capacitive touch sensors for smart phones, active pen touch tablets and notebooks, and in large-format, digital touch signage.

Figure: ITO Replacement 2017 Report

Source: Touch Display Research Inc., ITO-Replacement Report, February 2017

Earlier this year, 3M filed a similar patent infringement lawsuit against Elo Touch Solutions Inc.

“3M invests substantially in research and development to create innovative products for our customers,” said Makoto Ishii, vice president and general manager, 3M Display Materials and Systems Division. “We will defend our intellectual property protecting those investments against unauthorized use and infringement by metal mesh manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers, and others making use of 3M’s intellectual property rights.”

Touch Display Research interviewed Mr. Scott Hagermoser, Global Business Manager of 3M Touch Systems about metal mesh patents and the lawsuit. I asked that since metal mesh is a widely used ITO-replacement transparent conductor, what was the optimal result that 3M expected from this legal action. Mr. Hagermoser indicated, “3M doesn’t want to be overly disruptive to the touch industry; we are not a patent troll organization. We offer to license our metal mesh technologies so we can get compensation for our investment.”

Metal mesh suppliers have different patterns and structures, such as one film with two sides of metal mesh, or two films where each side has one metal mesh.  I asked if it was possible that some metal mesh companies could avoid 3M’s metal mesh patents. Mr. Hagermoser indicated 3M had many claims in their metal mesh patents, and the details have to be left to the lawyers and engineers to figure out.

I asked if 3M is also suing Microsoft for the metal mesh, Mr. Hagermoser said that he won’t comment on that.

I’ve been the first industry analyst to write market research reports about the touch screen industry since 2006. When I saw the trends of new transparent conductive material used on touch screens, I published the industry’s first “ITO-Replacement: Transparent Conductor Market Report” in 2013. Many touch screen manufacturers, display manufacturers, OEM/ODMs are my good industry friends. I don’t like to see them sue each other. However, on the other hand, I don’t like the thought of intellectual property theft. We should play the game fairly. I recommend when your company manufactures or purchases metal mesh touch screens, you inquire if that touch screen is clear from others patents.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

Online market analysis articles for members this week

Flexible curved foldable display market forecast to 2027

August 22, 2018, by Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D. Principal Analyst, Touch Display Research Inc.

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Anti-fingerprint coatings comparison and suppliers

August 20, 2018, by Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D. Principal Analyst, Touch Display Research Inc.

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Micro LED and mini LED display market forecast to 2028

August 18, 2018, by Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D. Principal Analyst, Touch Display Research Inc.

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Tesla’s touch displays

August 16, 2018, by Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D. Principal Analyst, Touch Display Research Inc.

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Active pen, touch, and voice recognition

These emerging technology markets are heating up.

16 types of active pen and 9 types of passive pen are analyzed

Over 170 companies profiled in the excel database.

Over 400 page PowerPoint.

Market data include 5 years history data (2013 to 2017), and 6 years forecasts (from 2018 to 2023).

All the devices with active pen are compared side-by-side with pen technologies, and pen suppliers in the excel database. Read more

Touch panel for 9 vertical, or commercial market.

Over 270 companies profiled in the excel database.

Over 250 page PowerPoint.

Market data include 4 years history data (2013 to 2016), and 6 years forecasts (from 2017 to 2022).

Business strategy recommendations to transfer from consumer touch business to vertical market.

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Comprehensive analysis of voice command, voice recognition, speech recognition, virtual assistant, voice translation, machine learning, and smart speaker devices.

Over 300 companies profiled in the excel database.

Market data include 4 years of history data (2013 to 2016), and 8 years forecasts (from 2017 to 2024).

Over 290 page PowerPoint.

Voice technologies in 11 applications are analyzed in the report.

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Detailed analysis of metal mesh, silver nanowire, carbon nano tube (CNT), conductive polymer, graphene, and other transparent conductive technologies.

Over 300 companies profiled in the excel database.

Over 500 page PowerPoint.

Market data include 5 years history data (2012 to 2016), and 8 years forecasts (from 2017 to 2024). Read more…

 

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Over 10 Types of Flexible Display Technologies

March 27, 2018, by Jennifer Colegrove, Ph.D., Principal Analyst at Touch Display Research Inc.

Three years ago, in the Flexible Display 2015 Report, Second Edition, Touch Display Research forecasted flexible display industry will take off in 2015 to 2018. That forecast became reality. We are witnessing flexible OLED display, flexible e-paper display, flexible LCD and other flexible technologies having a big leap right now.

In the recently published “Flexible Display & Flexible Touch 2018 Report”, 3rd Edition, we analyzed over 10 flexible display technologies in 13 application markets, with detail of substrate material type and form factor. This report profiles over 270 companies working on flexible display and flexible touch screens.

Figure. Flexible Display & Flexible Touch 2018 Report, 3rd Edition

Source: Touch Display Research Inc., March 2018

  • Flexible/curved display exhibitions in worldwide conferences in recent 4 years are covered in this report,
  • The 3rd edition Flexible Display &Flexible Touch report has many update over the 2nd edition (which was published in 2015) and over the first edition (which was published in 2013).
  • This report include a PowerPoint file (>600 pages) and an Excel database. Market data in the report includes 6 years history data (2012-2017) and 10 years forecast data (from 2018 to 2027).
  • The market forecast includes Unit, ASP, Revenue, Area(square meter), with a detailed breakdown in eight display technology categories: Electrophoretic AM, Electrophoretic PM/segmented, AMOLED, PMOLED, AMLCD, PMLCD, Other tech AM, Other tech PM/segmented;
  • The market forecast includes a detailed breakdown in 13 application categories: smart watch, wearable (other than smart watch), curved TV, curved monitor/AIO PC, NB/tablet PC, secondary or cover display, mobile phone main display, phablet and tablet, automotive, e-reader and e-note, public signage, gaming casino, other applications. Five size categories are included: <4.99”, 5-9.99”, 10-19.99”, 20-49.99”, >50”.
  • Flexible/curved display industry roadmap from 2008 to 2018 are analyzed and provided in this report,
  • Colegrove, author of this report, has conducted many first-hand interviews of display manufacturers, touch screen suppliers, material and component suppliers, and ODMs/OEMs in recent 12 years.
  • This report provides market analysis and forecast of flexible/curved display, with analysis of flexible touch screen, flexible lighting, and flexible batteries.
  • This report provides a Bill of Material (BOM) analysis of flexible displays vs. rigid glass displays,
  • Regional analysis is also provided in this report.

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Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

SEMI FLEX 2017 Conference is very successful

October 31, 2017

I just returned from the SEMI FLEX Southeast Asia 2017 Conference, at the beautiful Singapore. It’s a very successful conference with presentations and exhibitions of flexible electronics. This is my second time to speak at this conference. It’s my honor to meet some of you in person.

Figure 1. SEMI FLEX 2017 conference

Photo by: Touch Display Research Inc.

The president of SEMI Southeast Asia, Mr. NG Kai Fai gave a welcome speech at the opening ceremony.

Figure: SEMI Southeast Asia’s president, Mr. NG Kai Fai gave welcome speech

Photo by: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, Touch Display Research.

On behalf of Touch Display Research, I gave a presentation on flexible display, flexible lighting and flexible touch: technologies and market forecast, and discussed the touch screen and display for Apple iPhone X.

More analysis and review of the SEMI FLEX Southeast Asia 2017 Conference can be found in the “Touch and Emerging Display” monthly report.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

OLEDs World Summit 2017 Conference is very successful

September 22, 2017.  By Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D.

I just returned from the OLEDs World Summit 2017 conference hosted by Smithers, at the beautiful Parc 55 Hilton Hotel, in San Francisco. It was my honor to meet some of you in person.

Dr. HK Chung, Chair Professor at SKK University, former VP of Samsung, gave a speech titled “Challenges and Progress of Flexible and Foldable AMOLED” on September 20th.

Figure: Dr. HK Chung gave speech

Photo by: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, Touch Display Research.

Mr. Eddie Yeo, president and CMO of LG Display gave an opening keynote on September 21st, titled “OLED, Change Your Lifestyle”.

Figure: Mr. Eddie Yeo gave keynote presentation

Photo by: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, Touch Display Research.

On behalf of Touch Display Research, I gave a presentation on Flexible OLED display market forecast.

Figure: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove gave presentation

Photo credit: Dr. Abbel, Holst Center, Pi-Scale

More analysis and review of OLEDs World Summit 2017 Conference can be found in the “Touch and Emerging Display” monthly report.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

 

Touch panels, flexible/curved/foldable display, smart windows, quantum dots are hot topics at SID 2017

May 27, 2017, by Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D.

I just returned from SID DisplayWeek 2017 in the beautiful Log Angeles, California. It was my honor to meet some of you in person.

Touch panels, flexible/curved/foldable display, smart windows, quantum dots are hot topics at SID 2017. Each of these fields has some as expected, and also has some surprises.

Figure: SID 2017 exhibition floor

Photo by: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove at Touch Display Research

Mr. Bob Miller, Senior Business Manager at Merck/EMD show us its liquid crystal smart windows in large format, see picture here. This is NOT PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal), but only liquid crystal.

Figure: Merck/EMD Mr. Bob Miller demonstrate their smart windows

Photo by: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove at Touch Display Research

How many smart windows technologies are there? What’s the Pros and Cons of each type? Which company is investing in which? In the recently published “Smart Windows Transparent Switchable Technologies, Supply Chain and Market Forecast 2017 Report,” Touch Display Research Inc., analyzed 19 smart window technologies, which include 16 active smart window technologies and 3 passive smart window technologies. Some can be both active and passive. More than 130 companies working on smart window technologies are profiled in the report.

What are the surprises of each hot topic? More analysis of SID 2017 can be found in the “Touch and Emerging Display” monthly report.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

 

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2017 Conference is very successful

April 29, 2017.  By Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D.

I just returned from the SEMICON Southeast Asia 2017 conference hosted by SEMI Southeast Asia, at the beautiful Penang, Malaysia. It was my honor to meet some of you in person.

A high profile opening ceremony was hosted on April 25th, 2017. The reason I call it high profile is that many VIP figures in SEMI and Malaysia were invited to give speeches and ribbon cutting.

Figure: SEMICON SEA 2017 opening ceremony

Photo by: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, Touch Display Research.

SEMI’s VP of business development and product management, Ms. Bettina Weiss, chaired the “Market Trends Briefing” session on April 25th.  Dr. Dan Tracy, Senior director of industry research gave a presentation about SEMI equipment and material outlook.

Figure: Dr. Dan Tracy from SEMI gave presentation

Photo by: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, Touch Display Research.

On behalf of Touch Display Research, I gave an invited presentation about display and touch market trends and opportunities.

Figure: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove gave presentation

Photo credit: Mr. Russell Tham at Applied Materials

Applied Material’s Corporate VP, Mr. Russell Tham, gave a presentation about material engineering for emerging technology inflections.

Figure: Mr. Russell Tham from Applied Material gave presentation

Photo by: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, Touch Display Research.

SEMI China’s president, Mr. Lung Chu, gave a presentation about China’s status on semiconductor and how to interpret Chinese government’s policy on semiconductor.

Figure: Mr. Lung Chu from SEMI gave presentation

Photo by: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, Touch Display Research.

This conference also had over 300 exhibitors. More analysis and review of SEMICON SEA 2017 Conference can be found in the “Touch and Emerging Display” monthly report.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team