I personally am waiting for the more mainstreaming of OLED's. This is a great technology and saves money with less power consumption. Until the costs are reduced and they are used more frequently, it will still be expensive.
I am surprised the article said medical and military were important for growth as I would have thought these were low volume applications. I can understand that sales of large ticket items are waning but I guess demand for portable devices is still relatively strong. Maybe people are OK spending smaller amounts each month on mobile phone contracts but not one off large amounts for TVs etc. I am also shocked at the price of new cars these days. Is it only me or do others think cars cost a fortune these days, even compared to maybe 3 years ago?
Trying to resume in a very simple way major evolutions in tech sector, we could say, coming back in a recent past to now, it is happening a maniacal passion for micro-tech. It was and is true for handsets, portable PCs and smartphones too. We could say no one of us has got a magic ball, but also in the near future, passion for micro will be at the top of ranking position, as Barbara in a such way has reported within her article. But honestly, who knows real impact on human sight, for using micro-tech?
@readers: Thanks for the questions. To answer the screen-size question, they are as small as two inches long (smartphone-size) to 7-inches (small tablets).
The reason that these are actually a better business to be in, rather than large screens, is yield. LCDs are manufactured like semicondcutors and the equipment requires a standard-size glass. You can yield more small screens from a single piece of glass vs. large-screens. Even though prices are coming down for large screens, they aren't as profitable.
The second issue is resolution--the more densely packed the pixels are, the better the resolution. It's still expensive to build hi-res large screens. Additionally, if one circuit on a large screen fails, the whole screen is scrapped. Since LCDs still require power to light up the pixels, it's like an electrical grid--a failure at any intersection blows the whole row both vertically and horizontally.
That's also why OLED is such a great technology--every cluster of LEDs is self-reliant for power so the failures are "dots" rather than rows and less noticeable.
@TamioorZ another place I've noticed an increased use in LCD displays is in store windows. Instead of putting up paper signs, some flash pictures and video on the screens to convey more information and get more attention from those passing by.
But the market for small displays, or microdisplays, is poised for growth. According to a report by MarketsandMarkets, the global microdisplay market is expected to reach $995 million in 2016 from roughly $250 million this year.
@Barbara, Do you think price of small display's will shoot up because of this surging demand? Should companies start hoarding small display's because they might become scarce in future ?
Large LCD displays are also used in TVs, Kiosks, Outdoor displays etc and I don't see why their demand is not growing. Especially since more and more people are giving up on conventional TVs in the favor of LCD TVs, the demand should rise. I think the market for micro displays is separate from large displays and both will continue to grow independently.
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