It looks like Nvidia was on to something when the company chose stereoscopic method for its GeForce 3D Vision project. Obligatory requirement for 120Hz refresh rate seemed ludicrous at best, but I just saw an interesting figure… according to analysis firm DisplaySearch, shipment of 120Hz LCD panels reached 3.3 million units. This is the same share as in previous quarter (Q3’08), but now 120Hz panels make up for 16% of all 32″ panels and 31% of all 40″+ LCD TV panels. This is a very interesting trend and analysts don’t expect to end soon.
Second big winner is LED-backlight panel. This type of displays jumped from 2.3 million in Q3’08 to 3.7 million in Q4’08, or 62%. Furthermore, market share of LED-backlit panels is expected to reach 24.1% in the current quarter, up from 13.4% in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Recession or not, shipments of higher-quality (more expensive) displays isn’t stopping anytime soon. Both 120 Hz and LED-backlit panels should make for majority of shipments in Q1’10.