AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M Electronic Solutions Division today announced the launch of its new
unpatterned indium tin oxide (ITO) film that offers an alternative
source for high-quality, high-volume touch sensor films. The film can be
used in touch-enabled electronic devices, such as smart phones, tablets,
notebooks and all-in-one (AIO) computers. Specifically, the new 3M™
Advanced ITO Film can help touch panel manufacturers and integrators to
achieve production targets and meet growing consumer demand for the
touch screen market, which is forecast to have a 19.5% compound annual
growth rate from 2013 to 2016, according to IHS iSuppli Electronics &
Media—with an uptick in demand since the Windows 8 launch.
The etchable touch sensor films offer excellent optical transparency,
high conductivity and product quality at competitive prices. 3M plans to
ramp up its total global touch sensor film manufacturing capacity to
more than 600,000 square meters per month in 2014, which includes 3M™
Patterned Silver Nanowire Touch Sensor Film, 3M™ Patterned Metal Mesh
Touch Sensor Film and 3M™ Advanced ITO Touch Sensor Film.
“Touch panel manufacturers now have a competitively priced alternative
supplier for high-performing, unpatterned ITO films,” said Erik Lood,
marketing manager, 3M Electronic Solutions Division. “3M brings to the
market high volume manufacturing and more than 20 years of experience in
touch sensors. We are excited to offer the industry increased capacity
by utilizing 3M’s manufacturing facilities in new ways.”
The advanced ITO film from 3M exhibits low electrical resistivity, less
than 150 ohms per square—enabling multi-finger, multi-touch
applications. With demonstrated sensors at up to 46 inch diagonal, the
film is suitable for small and larger format touch modules. The films
are made of a flexible material that can be conformed to gently curved
surfaces, enabling rounded designs.
About 3M Company, Electronic Solutions Division
ESD is a leading provider of advanced electronic thin substrates and
sensors, components and comprehensive systems for enhancing and managing
electronic signal properties. The products help customers in consumer
electronics, touch panels, enterprise and networking, industrial and
factory automation, semiconductor and component markets worldwide. Learn
more at: http://www.3Melectronics.com.
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