UHD TVs, smart devices to dominate IT scene
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Ultra-high definition televisions (UHD TVs), smartphones and tablet PCs will dominate the information technology (IT) scene this year, said the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK) under the Industrial Technology Research Institute yesterday as it listed the top 10 IT trends for 2013.
January 17, 2013, 11:55 am TWN
According to IEK, the top 10 trends are UHD TVs, data centers, tablet PCs, TD-LTE, quad-core smartphones, 3D IC, AMOLED panels, in-cell touch technology, high-speed input/output technology, and wireless battery recharge.
The UHD technology is a major competitive advantage that LCD TVs have over OLED TVs, and as such it will be featured on more LCD TVs this year, IEK said.
Tablet PCs and smart devices, meanwhile, will continue to drive the IT industry. “Tablet shipments will exceed 200 million this year, surpassing those for notebook computers for the first time,” said Chung Chun-yuan, vice director of IEK.
“Growth drivers for tablet PCs will come from enterprises, whose demands for tablets are stronger than ever. It is expected enterprise-use tablets will grow 46 percent this year from last.”
Another major trend in IT this year is growth of quad-core smartphones, which were first launched last year and are faced with fiery demands in China, IEK said.
According to IEK estimates, smartphone sales in China will reach 280 million this year, which will grow to 610 million by 2017, translating into compound annual growth rate of 21 percent. Quad-core phones will account for 55 percent of the total by then, it said.
Also, with competition getting fiercer, prices for such smartphones are set to go down, IEK said, adding the MT6589 quad-core processor unveiled by MediaTek recently will play a major role in lowering prices.