In a report published Monday, iSuppli/Stanford Resources analyst Rhoda Alexander said the shortage is leading to price increases for the holiday season.
"Capacity now coming online from fifth-generation LCD fabs (fabrication plants) is being sucked up in a perfect storm of panel demand," Alexander wrote. "The shortage is heavily impacting the 15- and 17-inch panel sizes."
LCD technology allows for much thinner displays than traditional cathode ray tube (CRT) display technology. LCDs are becoming more and more popular with consumers. DisplaySearch. And despite a general downturn in shipments of desktop monitors, in the first quarter of the year, DisplaySearch found.hit 734,000 in the first quarter, up 223 percent from the first quarter of last year, according to market research firm
Traditional computer companies are getting into the LCD TV business.a multifunction LCD television and computer screen, and plasma and LCD televisions.
Wireless technology company Motorola recently announced a partnership with Hong Kong-based display manufacturer Proview International Holdings to create products such as LCD and plasma televisions.
iSuppli/Stanford Resources' Alexander said that prices of some 15- and 17-inch LCD monitors already have begun to increase in recent weeks. The cost of 15-inch monitors, which had fallen below $250 at the street level, is back in the $300-and-higher range for many products, she wrote. What's more, 17-inch LCD monitors below $350 largely have disappeared, she said.
"Holiday shoppers are in for some sticker shock if they formed their wish list while looking at the prices in the midsummer advertisements," Alexander wrote.