MANHASSET, NY Total touch screen shipments increased 29 percent year to year in 2009, to 606 million units, according to market research firm DisplaySearch.
"Touch screen penetration has been rapidly increasing in mobile phone, PMP/MP3, portable navigation, and other applications. Over the next several years, touch screens will undergo strong growth in large-size applications such as all-in-one PCs, Mini-note/slate PCs, and education/training," said'Jennifer Colegrove, Director of Display Technologies at DisplaySearch, in a statement.
DisplaySearch forecasts that revenues for projected capacitive technology will pass resistive touch technology to become the leading touch technology in 2010. Driving this growth is Apple's decision to use projected capacitive touch in its iPhone and iPod Touch since 2007, and now in its iPad.
In 2009 projected capacitive touch technology had 31 percent of the market, while resitive occupied 50 percent of the market with other touch technologies making up the rest of the market.
Over a dozen touch screen technologies are contenders but resistive is still the leading technology in terms of unit shipments, and 90 companies are manufacturing it in 2010, according to DisplaySearch.
In 2010 the number of companies that have supplied projected capacitive technology has more than doubled to 56 from last year’s 27 suppliers.
For its upcoming 2010 "Touch Panel Market Analysis" report, DisplaySearch surveyed over 190 suppliers of touch screen modules, controller ICs, ITO film, and other components.
DisplaySearch and the Society for Information Display will co-host a one-day business conference next week at SID. Touch technologies will be reviewed by experts from Microsoft, Gesturetek, Immersion, Stantum, Touch International and Wacom.