Kindle Fire, Nook driving 7-inch display demand
The popularity of the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet is pushing panel makers to make more 7-inch displays.
Strong demand for the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet is boosting demand for 7-inch displays above the more traditional 9.7-inch tablet display size, according to an Asia-based report.
Shipments of 7-inch display panels in November grew about 17 percent month on month, surpassing shipments of 9.7-inch displays, according to a report in Taipei-based Digitimes.
Kindle Fire is its bestselling product and sales have been increasing week over week. Sales of at least several million are projected in the first month.that the
Barnes & Noble, meanwhile, is expected to take delivery of well over a million Nook Tablets and Nook Colors combined in the fourth quarter.
Part of the falloff in demand for the 9.7-inch panel is due to Apple. There was some letup in the purchase of displays for the current iPad as Apple gets ready to launch the next-generation iPad, according to Digitimes.
Strong demand from Apple, however, should resume soon, according to the report. The new iPad is expected in the March-June time frame.