IHS Report Shows Growth in Notebook PC LCD Panel Market

IHS Markit has released a new report, forecasting that display shipments for notebook PCs will increase to 177 million units in 2017, a growth of 5% year-on-year, while shipments of finished notebook PCs will remain flat.

Panel-makers are reported to be focused on expanding production of high-end displays, including in-plane switching (IPS) and low-power displays.

IHS predicts that IPS displays will grow from 27% in 2016 to 37% in 2017, rising up to 42% in 2018. According to the report, the average price of an IPS display is around 30% higher than its twisted nematic (TN) equivalent. Dell, HP and Lenovo are expanding their adoption of IPS panels—Lenovo is estimated to have purchased 12 million IPS displays in 2017.

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Panel-makers are also championing low-power LCD displays, as notebook PCs become smaller and thinner and battery capacity becomes less and less. With oxide and low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS), LCD power consumption can be reduced.

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This technology is expected to grow from 3% in 2016 up to 10% in 2017, and anticipated to reach 13% in 2018, as it filters down from exclusive Ultra HD and wide-quad HD applications to also be used with Full HD screens.

The average selling price of a notebook PC panel is expected to increase from $42.15 in 2016 to $46.68 in 2017, up to $47.96 in 2018.