A new report from DisplaySearch states LCD displays will migrate very quickly to the 16:9 aspect ratio. The firm expect the widescreen format will have a 90 percent penetration in the notebook market and 67 percent of the monitor panel market by 2010.
"In the near future, panel makers will take necessary phase-out tactics on existing 16:10 LCD panels in order to drive the market to 16:9 panels. Panel makers did it for square panels, and they know how to do it again," said DisplaySearch's David Hsieh, vice president for the Greater China market. "Notebook PC and LCD monitor product planners and marketers must plan for the transition now to assure a smooth roll-out of products over the next four years and sufficient panel availability."
DisplaySearch said the transition may confuse consumers and leave IT managers unenthusiastic, since they will be faced with a 16:9 transition shortly after managing the transition to 16:10 widescreen.
But panel makers are bent on promoting the 16:9 format, as it would maximize their production efficiency.