LCD monitor market grows to $36 billion

MARCH 6--With the consumer market for PC-based products on the rise, the worldwide market for flat-panel LCD monitors continues to grow.

Mar 6th, 2007

MARCH 6--With the consumer market for PC-based products on the rise, the worldwide market for flat-panel LCD monitors continues to grow as the market moves beyond the question of "CRT vs. LCD" to one of "Square LCDs vs. wide-aspect ratio LCD." This transition from square to wide will be deliberated and debated at the 9th Annual Display Search US Flat Panel Display (FPD) Conference at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in San Diego, CA, USA, this week. The conference is sponsored by 3M Vikuiti, Chief, Samsung, LG.Philips LCD, Fusion Optix, HDMI, Micronas, USDC, and the LCD TV Association.

The desktop display market has always had replacement cycles: from monochrome CRTs to color, from curved-faced CRTs to flat-faced CRTs, and from CRTs to LCDs. This time, the transition is from the square-viewed world to one with wider and larger displays. Unlike the TV market, which is driven by consumers, desktop displays touch both the work and home environments. Wide desktop displays offer unique and separate advantages for each of these, allowing for increased productivity in the business to business environments and the continued convergence of TVs and PCs in business to consumer markets.

In "Managing the next desktop monitor replacement cycle," executives from HP, Dell, and Samsung will present their views of the LCD monitor market, which their companies helped to grow 25% on a unit volume basis from 2005 to 2006. An additional third-party perspective will be offered by TCO Development. The session will be introduced and moderated by Chris Connery, vice president of desktop monitor market research at Display Search (Austin, TX, USA; www.displaysearch.com).

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