DigiTimes Research is predictiong that global sales volume of 3D LCD TVsin 2010 could reach four million units, while that of 3D PCs is likely to reach 1.5 million units.
At present, vendors of 3D TVs with the exception of Sony use in-house produced panels. But Taiwan-based panel makers, with competitiveness coming from low production costs, stand a good chance of entering the 3D TV supply chain of Samsung Electronics in the future, Digitimes Research said.
They have also indicated that both AU Optronics (AUO) and Chimei Innolux Corporation (CMI) have the ability to produce 200Hz LED-backlit TV panels.
Sony’s 3D TVs use 200Hz LED-backlit TFT-LCD panel with shutter glasses, while Samsung has 3D technologies for both TFT-LCD and PDP. LG Electronics uses TFT-LCD with patterned retarder technology to create 3D images, but it may offer 3D PDP TV with shutter glasses in the future.
CMI currently is the major supplier of 3D monitor panels, but both LG Display and Samsung have started mass production of their 3D monitor panels, Digitimes Research said, adding that CMI and Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) are major suppliers of 3D notebook panels.
If one 3D TV needs 3-4 pairs of shutter glasses, demand for shutter glasses in 2010 may reach 12-15 million pairs, which may cause a tight of shutter glasses, Digitimes Research said. Shutter glasses require two STN LCD with at least 120Hz frame rate, and over 200Hz frame rate for better display quality.