When will LCDs replace CRTs?

It may be slightly fanciful thinking, but Andy Balderson, American Advantech Corp.'s regional sales manager, speculates, "CRT-based displays will virtually disappear from the market in the next 12-18 months." Mr. Balderson believes liquid crystal displays (LCDs) will become the primary displays because of lower costs created by increased notebook PC sales volumes.

09/01/1998


It may be slightly fanciful thinking, but Andy Balderson, American Advantech Corp.'s regional sales manager, speculates, "CRT-based displays will virtually disappear from the market in the next 12-18 months." Mr. Balderson believes liquid crystal displays (LCDs) will become the primary displays because of lower costs created by increased notebook PC sales volumes. He adds that LCDs have better suitability with less EMI, more stable displays, more compact space, and more mounting methods.

Mr. Balderson explains, "Looking at the issue on a price performance curve, LCDs are more cost-effective and a better solution for most applications than CRT displays.' He believes another future trend will be larger displays. The 10.4-in. display average will soon grow to a 13.8-in. or 15-in. average."

Mr. Balderson added that, "The industrial workstation market seems to be segmented into two basic product categories: panel-mounted units used primarily for HMI applications and larger full-featured workstations, complete with keypads and expansion slots used mainly for control applications." He projected that, "Included features in both product ranges will be expanded to include CD-ROM, PCMCIA expansion slots, and Ethernet. Workstations will move towards tighter integration and include more increased features like USB, IrDA, sound, etc."





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