Panel Shipments Up
124% In 2nd Quarter
By Greg Tarr On Sep 8 2011 - 4:01am
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. —
Shipments of 3D-capable
large-area TFT LCD panels rose 124 percent
to 5.2 million units quarter to quarter during
the second quarter of 2011, according to a period
display report from DisplaySearch.
The majority of 3D panels shipped in the panel
were LCD TVs, which reached 4.9 million units
in the quarter, reflecting 118 percent quarter over
quarter growth, and pushing the 3D penetration
in LCD TV panels from 4.5 percent in the first
quarter to 9.3 percent in the second quarter of
2011, the study showed.
The DisplaySearch quarterly large-area TFT
LCD shipment report said panel makers are targeting
53 percent growth in 3D LCD TV panel
shipments for the third quarter as both activeshutter
3D glass and pattern retarder 3D technologies
mature and costs continue to fall.
DisplaySearch said that in addition to TVs, 3D
monitor panel shipments are growing rapidly, from
less than 80,000 units in the first quarter of 2011
to more than 250,000 in the second quarter. The
activity was attributed to growing adoption of
gaming and other special application monitors.
The mainstream 3D technology currently used
in desktop monitors is active-shutter 3D glass,
but pattern retarder and switched cell solutions
are emerging rapidly, too, DisplaySearch said.
Panel makers expect to double shipments in the
third quarter of 2011.
Volumes of 3D panels for notebook PCs are
still relatively small, with less than 100,000 units
shipped in the second quarter of 2011.
However, panel makers are promoting activeshutter
glass, pattern retarder, and autostereoscopic
solutions to the gamer and entertainmentfocused
DisplaySearch projects shipments growing by
126 percent in the third quarter.
For LCD TVs, larger panel sizes are seeing faster
penetration of 3D. In 40-inch and larger LCD TV
panel shipments, 3D penetration increased from
12.7 percent in the first quarter of 2011 to 21.7 percent
in the second quarter. TV panel makers are
aiming to reach 28.2 percent in Q3 2011.