The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by plasma display’s superior picture quality, wider viewing angles, and ability to display deep blacks and vibrant colours, and growing importance of technologies such as gas discharge cells, addressable electrodes, and phosphor coatings. These advancements have contributed to the growth of the market and the popularity of plasma displays in various applications, such as televisions and large-scale digital signage. In the last three years alone, there have been over 3.6 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Technology Innovation: Plasma display. Buy the report here.

However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

300+ innovations will shape the technology industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the technology industry using innovation intensity models built on over 2.5 million patents, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, microphone beamforming, live betting games, and quantum dots are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Circuit design testing, smart contracts, and surround sound systems are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are vehicle platooning and Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) power management, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for the technology industry

Plasma display is a key innovation area in technology

Plasma display is a flat panel display technology where small gas pockets are electrically ignited to illuminate each pixel on the screen, creating a visible image with bright light.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 20+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of plasma display.

Key players in plasma display – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to plasma display

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Beijing Electronics 636 Unlock Company Profile
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory 232 Unlock Company Profile
LG Display 184 Unlock Company Profile
TCL Technology Group 100 Unlock Company Profile
AUO 83 Unlock Company Profile
Shenzhen Tianma Microelectronics 61 Unlock Company Profile
Sharp 61 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 53 Unlock Company Profile
Aviation Industry 39 Unlock Company Profile
Tian Ma Microelectronics 35 Unlock Company Profile
Kabushi Kaisha Limited Energy Kenkyusho 27 Unlock Company Profile
Japan Display 26 Unlock Company Profile
Innolux 21 Unlock Company Profile
Hon Hai Precision Industry 13 Unlock Company Profile
Synaptics 11 Unlock Company Profile
HannStar Display 11 Unlock Company Profile
LG 9 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 8 Unlock Company Profile
Textron 8 Unlock Company Profile
Wuhan Huaxing Optoelectronic Technology 8 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 8 Unlock Company Profile
MediaTek 6 Unlock Company Profile
Bundesdruckerei 5 Unlock Company Profile
Shenzhen Huaxing Optoelectronics Technology 5 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Beijing Electronics is a leading patent filer in the plasma display space. One of the company’s patents addresses the issue of existing gate line driving circuits being unable to output a synchronous driving signal. It includes a gate line driving circuit, a circuit for emitting a control signal, and a display device. The gate line driving circuit has a power input pin for receiving an effective voltage (VGH) to control the switching transistor in the pixel region. During the display phase, the power input pin inputs the effective voltage (VGH) and a synchronous driving signal during the touch phase. Other prominent patent filers in the space include Semiconductor Energy Laboratory and LG Display.

By geographic reach, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory leads the pack, followed by Sony Group and LG Display. In terms of application diversity, MediaTek holds the top position, followed by Sharp and TCL Technology Group.

Plasma displays can produce deep blacks and handle fast-motion content, which makes them well-suited for applications like home theatres and gaming. Furthermore, plasma displays have contributed to the advancement of large-screen displays, providing consumers with immersive visual experiences and enhancing the overall quality of digital content consumption.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Technology.

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