Article: New Materials Will Replace ITO To Improve Touchscreens
New Materials Will Replace ITO To Improve Touchscreens
Date Posted: June 20, 2012 10:42 AM Author: Rahul Gupta
From smart phones to tablets to GPS systems, touchscreen devices are everywhere. Consumers now expect an intuitive touch experience from every new device that hits the market. Since the introduction of Apple’s iPhone in 2007, the touchscreen sensor and IC market has exploded...
Touchscreens are set to become even more pervasive with the introduction of Windows 8, which integrates touch functionality into the world’s most widely used operating system. As such, the computer industry is gearing up to integrate touchscreens into thin touch-enabled laptops dubbed “ultrabooks” by Intel, in addition to all-in-one computers. Microsoft and Intel have also gone well beyond just developing their core products and are using hundreds of millions of dollars in marketing funds to ensure there is ample capacity for touchscreens for the new devices that use their products.
Already OEMs are creating very large touchscreen prototypes similar to those in the 2002 movie Minority Report, while others are completely transforming touchscreen functionality by making devices flexible and foldable. Unfortunately, the traditional transparent conductive materials are hindering production and keeping these innovations from reaching an eager group of consumers.