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Apple occupies almost 60% of the global touch panel capacity; Causes tight supply for the others

By: , IntoMobile
Thursday, February 17th, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Lots of iPads

As part of its plans to ship 40 million iPads this year, Apple has occupied close to 60% of the global touch panel capacity causing tight supply among competitors.

According to sources from upstream component makers, it’s the second-tier players that won’t be able to procure enough touch panels for their tablet devices. With RIM, Motorola, HP and Samsung competing for same products, there may not be enough units left for the likes of Asus.

Apple holds control over the capacity of major touch panel makers such as Wintek and TPK, prompting other companies like Samsung and Acer to turn to smaller touch screen suppliers such as Sintek Photronic, Egalax-empia Technology (EETI), AimCore Technology and J Touch. Samsung’s recent cooperation with Sintek was meant to secure related supplies to avoid shortages that could potentially ruin the vendor’s product plans.

It is said that last year capacity was not the problem, but low yields of touch panels. In 2011, Apple’s strategy of taking up most of the capacity should help the company quickly expand its sales, while potentially reducing its competitors’ shipment growth. I don’t think this is a part of Apple’s “evil plan,” but a realistic view of the demand that could also prove to work against its competitors. We’ll be watching where this goes and keep you guys and gals in the loop. Stay tuned…

[Via: DigiTimes]

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Dusan has been using smartphones since their introduction and is now following the latest trends in the industry. The "convergence" is what he's most excited about, and writing about it is the next logical thing to do. He thinks that using a smartphone is what everyone who cares about their time should do. In addition to his interests in mobile phones, Dusan also loves to experiment with the latest web and mobile 2.0 services. The idea of accessing and managing your information from any device no matter where you are simply amazes him. Whether it's an online to-do list, note taking service or a video sharing social network, he's there to try it out. He admits though, he's still searching for the ultimate web-based organizational tool, which "sings" perfectly with the mobile PIM application. Dusan used to run Symbian Watch which later became part of IntoMobile. He lives in Serbia, South-East Europe, from where he edits the site on a daily basis.