Displays are part of many devices used by both consumers and es in applications such as appliances, televisions, computers, automobile dashboards, and wristwatches. They have typically been taken for granted as tools for information feedback, but displays involve many different types of technology ranging from simple light emitting diodes to complex active matrix liquid crystal displays. Flat panel technology has made new products, such as the computer laptop and handheld devices, possible. Shipment projections for the remainder of this decade vary and depend on technological, developmental, and market factors; but one thing is certain ¾ they are headed up. Display technology advances have made possible the widespread use of devices such as cellular phones, camcorders, and digital cameras.
The value of worldwide shipments of electronic displays were estimated at approximately $65.6 billion in 2002. Shipments are forecast to grow at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 11.9% to reach $115.3 billion by 2007. Worldwide CRT shipments are valued at $33.1 billion in 2002. They are expected to grow at an AAGR of 4.6% and reach $41.5 billion by 2007. Penetration of flat panel displays into the CRT market is increasing. Flat panel displays are currently estimated at $32.5 billion, accounting for 49.5% the total value. Their value is projected to grow at an AAGR of 17.8% and account for about 64% of the total value of electronic displays by 2007.
This anthology provides an analysis of the entire display market and covers topics on: