Monthly Archives: May 2015

Apple will adopt ITO-replacement within 18 months

May 27, 2015

May 2015 rumors hold that Apple is developing a larger iPad, or called iPad Pro with improved touch latency.

Touch Display Research believes that high conductive touch sensor materials, such as metal mesh and silver nanowire could be good candidates for fast touch response time. We forecast Apple will adopt ITO-replacement within 18 months. By adopting ITO-replacement touch sensors, Apple would be able to raise the touch respond speed, reduce cost and add other new features.

This forecast will become true, since we have accurately forecasted Apple’s adoption of AMOLED displays 2 years ago.

Detail analysis can be found in the “Touch and Emerging Display Monthly Report”, May 2015 issue. This report also analyzes ITO-replacement, OLED, Quantum Dot, active pen, and battery technologies.  

In the ITO replacement: non-ITO transparent conductor 2015 report, Touch Display Research forecasted by 2022, ITO-replacement market will reach $10.9 Billion.

Figure 2, Touch and Emerging Display Report Table of Contents

Touch and emerging TOC 2015 May

Source: Touch Display Research, May 2015

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Jennifer and team

Nissha partners with C3Nano

May 8, 2015

Today, Nissha and C3Nano announced they are partnering to develop silver nanowire type transparent conductor for touch sensor applications.

Touch Display Research had a chance to talk to C3Nano’s CEO, Mr. Cliff Morris recently. He indicated being selected by Nissha as a development partner validates C3nano’s position as a performance leader in TCFs.

Our survey found that the adoption of silver nanowire and metal mesh are accelerating. In the newly published ITO-replacement 2015 report, Touch Display Research forecast ITO-replacement market will grow to 10.9 Billion by 2022.

Figure. ITO-replacement market forecast 2015 to 2022.

ITO replacement forecast2015

Source: Touch Display Research, ITO-replacement report, May 2015.

There are 25 companies and research institutes working on silver nanowire transparent conductor currently. Nissha is actually part of another joint venture with Cambrios and TPK on silver nanowire since 2013.  More analysis can be found in the Touch and Emerging Display monthly report, May 2015 issue.

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Jennifer and team

Microsoft acquired part of N-trig for the pen

May 7, 2015

Recently, Microsoft acquired part of N-trig.  Mr. Stevie Bathiche, Microsoft Surface Distinguished Scientist wrote in Microsoft’s blog:  “Today we are excited to have acquired advanced digital pen technology from N-trig Ltd., with whom we’ve partnered closely for several years.”

As we know, N-trig was founded in 1999 with headquarter in Israel. N-trig has received over $120 million funding before. Their old investors include Microsoft. Microsoft hasn’t announce the amount regarding this acquisition yet. Rumors hold Microsoft paid about $200 million to acquire the pen-related part asset of N-trig.

Touch Display Research believe active-pen technology is superior to passive-pen technology in terms of accuracy, pressure sensing, and ability to draw fine lines. In the Active Pen report, Touch Display Research forecasted that the market for active-pen writing modules (including pen sensor, one pen, and the controller IC) will increase from $931 million in 2014 to $4.17 billion in 2020.

Figure. Active pen market forecast to 2020.

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Source: Touch Display Research, Active Pen 2014 report.

Touch Display Research believes this is a good move for Microsoft.  More analysis about Microsoft, N-trig and Apple can be found in the Touch and Emerging Display monthly report, May issue.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team