Display optical coatings and films will grow to nearly $10 billion in revenues by 2019, says NanoMarkets
September 10, 2012 // Julien Happich
In a new report on display materials, industry analyst firm NanoMarkets looks at the opportunities for display films/coatings over the next eight years. These will grow to nearly $10 billion in revenues by 2019 according to the firm.
The optically functional film types covered in this report include front-surface films for antiglare/antireflection, viewing angle compensation and color/contrast enhancement; polarizer films; and BLU films (reflectors, diffusers, prisms, reflective polarizers, and multifunctional films). These materials are sold for OLED, e-paper and plasma display sectors as well as for the market-dominant LCDs.
Although the display films business is mature, NanoMarkets identifies OLED displays as presenting a strong long-term market for film makers as OLEDs begin to take market share from traditional LCD strongholds such as mobile displays and televisions. Like LCDs, OLEDs will use antiglare/antireflection films, but their success will also boost certain kinds of specialist films. One opportunity is films designed to increase the color uniformity of OLEDs at wider viewing angles. Another is certain kinds of polarizer films that improve the bright light readability of OLEDs.
And, according to the report, more immediate opportunities can still be found in the LCD film business.
By 2016, contrast/color enhancement films for LCDs will bring in almost $300 million. NanoMarkets remains bullish on this sector, because there is a growing tendency among LCD makers to shift production towards higher performance displays that urgently need these kinds of films. This shift is being driven by competition from both OLEDs and sophisticated consumers looking for a 3-D/HD visual environment. These films may also be combined with antiglare/antireflection films to create multifunctional products, reducing costs further.
Prism/brightness enhancement films are already the largest sector of the display optical film market, but are expected to see further growth. Boosting sales here will be the need to optimize the amount of light coming out of the BLU for a given power level in mobile displays. These films also enable the cost of using fewer LEDs in the BLU to be traded off against the cost of using more sophisticated films like reflective polarizers.
The development and commercialization of multifunctional optical films – for example, films that combine prism features with a diffuser – is a key trend. Such films can reduce the thickness of displays, as well as their cost. They can also make manufacturing easier. NanoMarkets believes that the market for multifunctional BLU films will grow past the $0.5 billion mark within five years.
Visit NanoMarkets at www.nanomarkets.netAll news
Do head-up displays lead the wrong way to safety?
June 30, 2015
In vehicles, head-up displays (HUDs) have been developed to reduce driver distraction and help drivers to keep their eyes ...
ZF sets course to driver assistance
Advanced packaging to boost photolithography market, says Yole
Nanogenerator harvests energy from rolling tires
Tactical panoramic video ball creeps in
Conductive ink turns textiles into stretchable electronics
June 29, 2015
University of Tokyo researchers have developed an ink that can be printed on textiles in a single step to form highly conductive ...
Apple Watch tear down reveals European chips
GlobalFoundries’ FD-SOI revolution
Exploring through-wall presence detection
- The 400XAC Series: Two Major Advantages that Simplify Functional Testing
- A Smart Way to Drive ECU Consolidation
- Autonomous Driving: An Eye on the Road Ahead
- Getting Security Right in Wireless Sensor Networks
InterviewCEO interview: Cadence is about enablement, collaboration
EDA companies are being asked to provide expertise from the circuit- to the system-level observes Lip-Bu Tan, CEO of EDA software vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc. Covering such a breadth of endeavour ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, Future Electronics has 20 of Intersil's ISL8203MEVAL2Z evaluation boards to give away to EETimes Europe's readers. Worth 95 US dollars, the board was designed to demonstrate the performance of the ISL8203M dual step-down power module which integrates a PWM controller, synchronous switching MOSFETs, inductors, and passives all in a 9.0x6.5x1.83mm package.
The ISL8203M is rated for...MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.