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More phones will utilize in-cell tech in 2013: IEK

TAIPEI--This year, more smartphones will use in-cell technology, a solution that can make touch panels thinner, as manufacturers try to meet growing consumer demand, according to a forecast by the Taiwan Industrial Economics and Knowledge Research Center (IEK).

As consumers prefer lighter and thinner smart handheld devices, more smartphone makers will use such technology, the research center said in a recent report.

Compared with on-cell technology, touch panels that use in-cell technology can be made thinner because the touch sensors are actually placed inside the color filters rather than on top of them.

According to the IEK forecast, global sales of smartphones will top 2.02 billion units in 2013, of which 25 percent, or 170 million units, will use in-cell technology.

The report projected that some 260 million smartphones will use the solution in 2015, while 410 million units will use it by 2017, with a five-year compound annual growth rate of 25 percent.

Such solution will also be applied to other portable devices, including tablets, MP3 players, digital cameras or camcorders and notebook computers, the IEK said.

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