Taipei, Thursday, January 29, 2015 06:16 (GMT+8)
light drizzle
Taipei
15°C
Digitimes Research: Youngfast, Melfas looking beyond G1F touch
Jason Young, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Thursday 3 July 2014]

The G1F touch technology, which is composed of a glass-type touch sensor and a thin-film touch sensor, is gradually losing its competitiveness in the face of GFF and OGS touch.

Prices for the traditional GFF, which is composed of a dual layer of ITO film sensors,have been falling fast, while OGS has seen improved yield rate and ruggedness.

Currently, major G1F touch panel suppliers, Taiwan-based Youngfast and Korea-based Melfas, are turning their focuses to metal-mesh thin-film-type touch panel and single-layer-multi-points thin-film-type touch panel production, respectively, and Digitimes Research believes the new technologies will offer the two suppliers new business opportunities.

Youngfast's glass-type touch sensor production capacity, which was originally established to help the maker own a complete supply chain for G1F touch panel production, is able to supply about 150,000 tablet-use touch panels per month currently. With the G1F technology losing out in the market, Youngfast is expected to continue strengthening its GFF touch panel production, focus on mass producing OGS touch panels using its existing glass-type touch panel capacity, and cooperate with Japan-based Fujifilm to start metal-mesh thin-film-type touch panel production.

In the future, Youngfast's OGS and metal-mesh product lines are expected to replace G1F ones in the maker's offerings for the mid-range to high-end tablet segments.

Although Youngfast's OGS touch panels have not yet received any orders for Microsoft's new tablet, China-based Lenovo's branch in Japan has adopted the maker's metal-mesh touch panels for its high-end Thinkpad Tablet series. Because of the series' high-end configuration, Youngfast is only supplying 40,000-50,000 touch panels each month currently.

As for Melfas, the company used to manufacture touchscreen ICs and following its entry into G1F touch panel production in 2013, the maker has seen staggering growth in revenues. However, due to poor yield rates, the company did not achieve profitable operation until the third quarter of 2013.

As its main client Samsung stopped adopting G1F touch panels for its products, Melfas, using its touchscreen IC manufacturing experience, entered single-layer multi-points thin-film-type touch panel production in March 2014 and is targeting mainly Samsung's entry-level/mid-range smartphone supply chain.

Despite fierce price competitions from China-based makers such as Toptouch, Melfas continues to enjoy a good share of shipments thanks to Samsung's policy of protecting local component suppliers.

Content from this blog post was provided by the Digitimes Research Tracking team, which focuses on shipment data and market trends in the global mobile device supply chain. Digitimes Research provides quarterly tracking services for market sectors such as Global Tablet, China Smartphone, China Smartphone AP, China Touch Panel, Taiwan ICT and Taiwan FPD. Click here for more information about Digitimes Research Tracking services.

Realtime news
  • HTC sponsors eSports teams Cloud 9, Team Liquid, Team SoloMid

    IT + CE | 7h 55min ago

  • China software industry posts 2014 revenues of over CNY3.7 trillion, says MIIT

    IT + CE | 7h 59min ago

  • SK Hynix posts record earnings for 4Q14 and 2014

    Bits + chips | 8h 2min ago

  • Global advanced driver assistance systems market to exceed US$90 billion by 2020, says ABI Research

    IT + CE | 8h 4min ago

  • UMC looks to wafer shipment and ASP growth in 1Q15

    Bits + chips | 8h 6min ago

  • Corning reports 4Q14 and 2014 financial results

    Displays | 8h 8min ago

  • Taiwan market: Local retailers expect 20% sales growth from Ultra HD TVs

    Displays | 8h 12min ago

  • Digitimes Research: China smartphone shipments drop 8.8% sequentially in 4Q14

    Mobile + telecom | 8h 17min ago

  • Touchscreen controller IC vendors diversifying product lines

    Before Going to Press | 8h 28min ago

  • Acer online ticket services deserve praise, says founder

    Before Going to Press | 8h 29min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments grow 16.9% sequentially in 4Q14

    Before Going to Press | 8h 30min ago

  • SPIL nets NT$3.74 per share for 2014

    Before Going to Press | 8h 30min ago

  • SPIL to offer fan-out packaging services in 2016

    Before Going to Press | 8h 30min ago

  • Asustek facing challenges in 2015

    Before Going to Press | 8h 32min ago

  • UMC expects wafer shipment and ASP growth in 1Q15

    Before Going to Press | 8h 34min ago

  • Giga Solar Materials sees booming shipments of PV silver paste

    Before Going to Press | 8h 35min ago

  • TPK expects fingerprint recognition touch panel orders to increase in 2015

    Before Going to Press | 8h 35min ago

  • TV vendors optimistic about WCG LCD TV development in 2015

    Before Going to Press | 8h 36min ago

  • SK Hynix posts record earnings for 4Q14 and 2014

    Before Going to Press | 8h 37min ago

  • China software industry posts 2014 revenues of over CNY3.7 trillion, says MIIT

    Before Going to Press | 8h 37min ago

  • China sets 2015 tentative target PV installation capacity of 15GWp

    Before Going to Press | 8h 38min ago

  • Samsung to increase smartphone production in India, says report

    Before Going to Press | 8h 40min ago

Pause
 | 
View more
VOICE 2015 Developer Conference
Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets
The transition to 4k TV - UHD TV market forecast, 2014-2017
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • Greater China touch panel shipment forecast through 2015

    This Special Report provides forecasts through 2015 for Greater China touch panel shipments with breakdowns based on technology (glass, film, resistive), application (smartphone, NB and tablet) and by firm.

  • 2014 global tablet demand forecast

    This report analyzes the main players, their strategies and shipments forecasts for 2014, as well as other factors contributing to either growth or decline in various segments within the tablet market, with a particular focus on Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft, along with whitebox vendors.