A report by WitsView claims 11.2 percent of global LCD display shipments will be panels with a 16:9 aspect ratio, that's double as much as in the previous quarter.
The proportion of 16:9 monitors in the market is expected to rise further in 2009, WitsView added.
BenQ will take the top spot in the segment with 32.4% of all 16:9 models shipped in 2008, followed by ViewSonic's 11.4% and Acer's 9.5%, the research firm said.
The LCD monitor market first saw the introduction of the 16:9 aspect ratio in the 17-inch models launched by Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and AOC in the third quarter of 2006, WitsView said. The new format failed to generate much interest until the third quarter of 2007 when the 15.6-inch size was unveiled attracting support from vendors, the research firm remarked.