The market of flat-panel displays (FPD) is a nearly $100
billion business that needs efficient automated optical
inspection (AOI) to meet rising demand and remain cost
effective. The color filters within the display represent a
major inspection task, demanding both precision and
speed. Inspection systems using high-speed, highresolution
line scan cameras have proven themselves both equal to the present need and able to support panel technology's evolution.
Demand for color flat-panel displays has driven significant
growth and created a revenue growth of 20% in 2010.
Three factors are driving this growth in demand. One is an
increase in the penetration of color FPDs in applications
such as computer monitors, high-definition television
(HDTV), smartphones, and tablets. A second factor driving
growth is the advent of new display functionalities, such as
touchscreen , 3D capabilities and Wi-Fi connectivity, that are
opening new applications for FPDs. Rising demand from
emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China
are a third factor driving growth in the color FPD market.