Expanding Industrial, Commercial Applications To Boost Demand For 8K TVs

The combination of 5G networks and 8K technologies is likely to enrich applications in the fields such as manufacturing, medical care and security monitoring, boosting demand for 8K TVs in 2020, according to industry observers.

The integration of 5G, 8K, facial recognition and big data analysis can be utilized to monitor shopping malls, office buildings, vehicles, and enhance remote control and smart mobility, said the sources.

In the manufacturing sector, some vendors are integrating 5G networks and 8K display technologies for equipment and manufacturing process controls, such as in the SMT (surface mount technology) process, noted the sources.

TV vendors, including Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Sharp, Sony and many Chinese brands, have already deepened their deployments in the sector waiting for the explosive demand for 8K TVs, indicated the sources.

While Taiwan-based flat panel makers AU Optronics (AUO) and Innolux have completed the development of 8K panels, BLU (backlight unit) suppliers, particularly those which offer mini LED-backlight models, are set to see demand for high-end BLUs increase as sales of 8K TVs expands, said the sources.

IC solution provider MediaTek has unveiled its flagship smart TV chip S900, which supports 8K video decoding, HDR 10+ standards, HDMI2.1A interface, and 4K120Hz and 8K 60Hz video output.

MediaTek reportedly will begin volume shipments of its S900 chip in early 2020, which will help it sustain sales growth in the year, said the sources.

IC design houses will also benefit from the rising demand for 8K TVs, each of which needs 24 driver ICs and six tuner chips on average, representing multiple growth compared to those ICs used in 4K ones, commented the sources.

Global shipments of 8K TVs will total below 500,000 units in 2019 before climbing to two million units in 2020 with over 60-inch models as mainstream in the year, IHS Markit estimates.―Digitimes

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