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E-Paper Displays: Markets, Forecasts, Technologies 2012-2020

E-Paper Displays: Markets, Forecasts, Technologies 2012-2020
Category: Electronics Published: Jan 2012 Pages: 151 View Contents
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Electronic paper technology has found its main application in the development of e-book readers, a market that has bloomed in recent years with successful devices such as the Amazon Kindle and the Barns & Noble Nook.

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What the future holds for e-readers remains to be seen. New technologies and devices are being developed/ launched and there is stiff competition from similar devices such as tablet computers that can offer consumers alternatives with added functionality. This highlights the need for new markets to be identified, in order for electronic paper devices to continue enjoying the growth witnessed in the years since their initial launch.

The commercial success of the Amazon Kindle e-reader and the lesser yet still quite substantial uptake of e-book readers such as the iRex iLIad or the SONY PRS family have sparked up a large interest in e-paper display technologies.

E-paper displays mimic the appearance of ordinary ink on paper. Unlike conventional flat panel displays, it doesn't require a backlight to illuminate its pixels as it reflects light like paper does and can hold text and images indefinitely without drawing power. Usually, most versions can also be flexible, thinner and more robust than other display technologies.

Forecasts by technology and application to 2022

This report details the total market size for e-paper displays in 2012 as $1.03 billion rising to $8.59 billion in 2022. Growth is predominately from demand of e-readers but other applications such as signage will become a substantial market.

This report provides forecasts for e-paper displays for the following applications:

  • e-readers/books
  • Cell Phone, Music Player Display
  • Smart Card Display
  • Wearable (clothing, watches, military etc)
  • Posters/Signage (non retail)
  • Point of purchase/Posters/Signage & Smart Packaging (retail)
  • Consumer electronics and white goods (excluding other categories here)
  • Other new applications

Thermochromic, Electrochromic and electrowetting displays are already being used in a diverse range of applications from the world's first disposable display on a gift card and battery tester to indicators on batteryless, wireless switches. There is a place for all these technologies, indeed, many new ones frequently enter the scene. This report addresses appraisal of the options, company progress and commercial adoption.

The total market size for e-paper displays in 2012 is $1.03 billion rising to $8.59 billion in 2022. Growth is predominately from demand of e-readers but other applications such as signage will become a substantial market.