youngast-logoWhen people ask me what the future holds for netbooks, a few things jump to mind: faster processors, longer battery life, a continued blurring of the lines between full sized laptops and mini-laptops in terms of price and performance. But one of the other majro trends that’s developing in 2009 is the launch of touchscreen netbooks. Asus and Gigabyte have already announced touchscreen models, and the Intel Classmate 3 reference design has an 8.9 inch touchscreen.

In another sign that demand for netbooks with touchscreens is rising, DigiTimes reports that Taiwan’s Young Fast Optoelectronics is the latest company to start producing touch panels for netbooks. The company is expected to ramp up production of netbook screens during the second half of 2009. Young Fast is reportedly working with netbook vendors that will use the display in upcoming laptops.

The company’s touch screens are capacitive displays, which cost more than resistive touchscreens. But capacitive touch displays can support multitouch, which should become important when Microsoft introduced Windows 7 which will include greater support for multititouch gestures.

Support Liliputing

Liliputing's primary sources of revenue are advertising and affiliate links (if you click the "Shop" button at the top of the page and buy something on Amazon, for example, we'll get a small commission).

But there are several ways you can support the site directly even if you're using an ad blocker* and hate online shopping.

Contribute to our Patreon campaign

or...

Contribute via PayPal

* If you are using an ad blocker like uBlock Origin and seeing a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen, we have a guide that may help you disable it.

2 replies on “Another Taiwanese touch panel maker jumps into netbook game”

  1. Do these capacitative screens support more than two fingers? I’ve only seen 2 finger demos on the netbook touchscreens (only the capacitative ones, of course), but I do know that MS’ touchscreen tech can support significantly more than 2 points (Surface, which uses Windows internally, does at least 10)

  2. plus, don’t capacitive screens look better as well? The Gigabyte m912 has a touchscreen, and all reviews complain about its colours looking washed out. I bet it’s resistive.

Comments are closed.