Touch-enabled notebooks to expand presence: IDC

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Jun 11, 2013 - Page 14

Touch-enabled notebook computers will account for a higher share of the global notebook market next year, because of falling prices for touch panels as supply increases, research firm International Data Corp (IDC) said.

Between 30 million and 36 million touch notebooks are expected to be shipped worldwide this year, which will account for between 13 percent and 15 percent of all notebook shipments, IDC said.

The firm expects the penetration rate to rise to between 29 percent and 30 percent next year.

“We expect strong growth in the second half of next year because of a price decline in touch panels,” Annabelle Hsu (徐美雯), senior research manager at the PC and display group at IDC, said on Thursday last week.

“The number of suppliers should increase significantly next year and we have heard that overall touch panel supply will ease from the second half of this year,” she said.

Several of the nation’s flat-panel makers, such as Innolux Corp (群創光電) and AU Optronics Corp (友達光電), are expected to play a key role in driving down touch panel prices as they improve their yield rates later this year, Hsu said.

At the same time, Chinese panel makers are aggressively working their way into the touch panel supply chain, which will also help expand the pool of suppliers, she said.

WitsView, a Taipei-based market information advisory institute, previously forecast that the penetration rate of touch-enabled notebook PCs would double in the second half of this year.