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The Long-Lasting Impact of COVID-19 on LCD Demand

COVID-19 first created the question ‘will there be enough LCD panels?’ before the more pertinent: ‘will there be any demand?!’ In terms of production, manufacturers had pre-planned to shut down – just not for the reasons they had anticipated. The outbreak of the virus coincided with Chinese New Year so most manufacturers had already planned an add ...

The Impact of COVID-19 on the K-12 Education Mobile PC Market

The rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world during the first quarter of 2020 has led to a short-term mass change in the way we live. At the time of writing, (21st April) the WTO reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 213 countries worldwide. School closures have also been instigated in over 40 countries, with intended closure periods ranging fro ...

Could Meeting Room Control Installations See a Spike in CAPEX?

Demand for Meeting Room Control (MRC) installations across all world regions slumped during Q1 2020 and vendors do not foresee this situation changing during this current, second quarter. Supply issues from China during Q1 have been eclipsed by a lack of demand in the corporate and education verticals, with some businesses closed, others with staf ...

Content Creators Present a Key Pro Audio Opportunity During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Many areas of professional audio have faced pressure from the global coronavirus outbreak. However, content creation and the home studio market are unique areas of positivity for vendors. This comes thanks to the inherent ability to distribute and create content remotely or from home with minimal social contact. Considering home studio and professi ...

The Growing Market Opportunity for Smart Buildings

The notion of the automated building has been around for over four decades, introducing systems capable of monitoring and managing resources such as energy and water usage. But the scope is now changing, with buildings becoming “smart” through the convergence of advanced building management systems and wide-scale industrial IoT. The industry widel ...

What's Next for the Moving Head Professional Lighting Market?

The Moving Head Professional Lighting and Lighting Consoles (MHPL/C) market has certainly come a long way in recent years, with the arrival of LED and now even laser light sources. The current dynamic landscape of vendors, backed by ODMs has provided more choice and opened further opportunities to innovate, as technologies mature. This has paved t ...

Huawei Shine a Light on its Post Google Future

On March the 26th, Huawei, the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world by volumes, refreshed its flagship smartphone range with the release of the Huawei P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus. This was the centrepiece of Huawei’s entire product release, but alongside this the vendor also announced the Watch GT2e, the Smart X speaker and a refre ...

Is this the Beginning of the End for LCD Video Walls?

Last week, Samsung Displays (DID) announced that it is to end production of LCD video wall displays from 31st July 2020. As one of the largest panel providers in the industry, Samsung DID’s decision to exit LCD video wall panel production has generated shockwaves, but it also presents significant opportunities for its former competitors. LCD panel ...

The Next Frontier: PS5 Spec Launch Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

While Coronavirus has led to the cancellation of gaming’s major event of the year, GDC in San Francisco, Sony has not let momentum slow for its upcoming release of the PS5. Last week Mark Cerny, gaming industry heavyweight and chief PS5 architect, took the opportunity to give PlayStation fans a deep look into the internal tech and the design proces ...

The Merger of Two Giants in Japanese Display Manufacturing Illustrates the Mounting Threat Posed by China

The news that NEC and Sharp, two major players in ‘Japan Inc’, are to create a joint venture is not terribly surprising. Both brands have been battling an increasingly competitive landscape for several years. According to Futuresource’s Worldwide Quarterly Tracking Services, in 2019 the brands had a combined volume share of 7.5% in the LCD market, ...

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