Monthly Archives: October 2014

Apple beats Dell at 27” 5K

October 16, 2014
4K TV has been in the market since 2012. 4K display monitor also entered the market since 2013. Thus 4K resolution is not “very advanced” by now. What “wow” people now is 5K and 8K displays. As we covered in “Touch and Emerging Display” January 2014 report, several companies have demonstrated 5K display or 8K displays.
Today, Apple announced its new iMac All-in-One PC with a 5K (5120X2880=14.7 million pixels) retina display. The Retina 5K display has four times more pixels than the standard 27-inch iMac and 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display.
The iMac with 5K display is shipping now at $2499.

Figure. Apple iMac all-in-one PC with 27” 5K LCD
Apple iMac
Source: Apple Inc., Oct, 2014

Dell announced a 27” 5K LCD monitor last month, in September 2014, but indicated “The Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor is USD $2,499.99 and will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.” It’s not available yet today. Therefore, Apple beats Dell at 5K.

Which other companies are shipping 5K? How did Apple achieved 30% power saving?
More analysis and comparisons will be in the “Touch and Emerging Display” monthly report.

Thanks for reading,
Jennifer and team

MultiTouch Silicon Valley event

October 9, 2014
Today, we were invited and attended MultiTouch Ltd.’s event in Silicon Valley, California.
MultiTouch Ltd. was founded in 2007 with headquarter in Finland. In 2009 it opened an office in Silicon Valley, recently they moved to this new office in Los Gatos. We had a chance to meet with their CEO, Mr. Petri Martikainen and General Manager, Mr. Timo Korpela.

Figure. MultiTouch Silicon Valley event
Multitouch CEO GM with TDR
Photo by: Touch Display Research Inc., October 2014

The reason that MultiTouch calls their technology MultiTaction is to emphasize that it’s more than multi-touch; their technology could sense IR pen, objects, 2D barcode, and unlimited finger touch.
Analysis and comparison with large size projected capacitive touch panel will be found in our “Touch and Emerging Display” October 2014 report.

Thanks for reading,
Jennifer and team

Cambrios silver nanowire in One Film Solution touch panel

October 7, 2014
This week, Cambrios announced its new generation silver nanowire. The new silver nanowire is thinner than DNA, which is about 2nm. Cambrios claims silver nanowire is leaving behind other ITO-replacement technologies such as metal mesh.
At the same time, touch panel manufacturer, Henghao Technology, indicated they’ve adopted silver nanowire on the One Film Solution (OFS) touch panels.

Figure. ITO-replacement comparison chart
ITO replacement compare with TDR
Source: Touch Display Research Inc., ITO-replacement report, May 2014

In the Touch Display Research “ITO-replacement report”, we profiles over 220 companies and research institutes working on advanced transparent conductive (TC) materials and provides a detailed analysis of metal mesh, silver nanowire, carbon nano tube (CNT), conductive polymer, graphene, and other technologies.
Touch Display Research forecasts that the non-ITO transparent conductor market will reach $8.1 billion by 2021.
One Film Solution and flexible touch screen will be analyzed in our “Touch and Emerging Display” monthly report.

Thanks for reading,
Jennifer and team