With LCD monitors taking an increasing share of the desktop display market, sales of venerable CRT monitors have begun a slow but steady decline, according to iSuppli/Stanford Resources.
CRT monitor prices were down in every quarter of 2002 and unit shipments declined from 32.5 million to just over 24 million during the year. Both are forecast to continue declining during 2003, with shipments of 17-inch units, the current market sweet spot, currently expected to fall well below 3.5 million units in the fourth quarter, about a million units below their market peak in Q4 of 2002.
The CRT won't disappear overnight, however, according to iSuppli/Stanford Resources. "While corporate users are changing to flat panel technologies rapidly, we see bargain hunting consumers continuing to prefer the CRT over LCD monitors for their home systems for some time to come. But competition will be tough for CRT makers in this declining market, and a shake out is sure to come."