The Market and Technological Trend of Small Pitch Display

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Since the flame of the small pixel pitch LED display was ignited in 2017, its technological bushfire has engulfed many industries with its high-resolution visual heat waves! In this post, we explore the market and technological trend of narrow pitch display. We also take snapshots of its readiness to conquer the future with its dynamic, versatile, and innovative display charms.

While there are giant screen displays that reign supreme outdoors, small-pitch LED screens have quickly and technologically graduated as the new high-resolution giants of the display world! With their high-density pixels, they have continued to win many industries’ indoor visual appetites with their unparalleled crisp and clear images. 

Just to remain on the same page, let’s first understand what a narrow pitch display is, how it came about, and why it is such a big deal when it comes to the viewing experience.

A narrow pixel pitch display or small pixel pitch refers to an LED display screen with a short or small distance between two adjacent pixels. But how narrow is narrow?

Narrow Pitch LED Display Solutions

Generally, LED display screens with pixel pitch ratings of less than or equal ‌to P2.5 qualify as narrow pixel pitch displays. 

For instance, LED display solutions with ratings such as P1.5, P1.67…up to P2.5 are narrow or small pixel pitch display screens. The numbers simply refer to the distance between the neighboring pixels in mm. 

So, the smaller the pixel pitch distance or the pitch rating, the denser the pixels, and the higher the display resolution.

Therefore, narrow-pitch displays are the most sought-after LED screens for indoor display for Control Rooms, Boardrooms, and modern rooms where clarity in viewing experience is highly desirable.

Out with the older bulky and pixelated LED displays! Welcome to the new indoor display world of high-definition displays that hide no image details!

The Market Size Trend of Small Pitch LED Display

According to a market research report for the period 2022-2029, the global market size of narrow pixel displays is expected to be USD 4.15 billion by the year 2029. Within the focus period, the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) is estimated to be about 16.6%. 

What are some of the factors that have continued in making the current and future market for small pitch displays vibrant? Let’s find out

The Reduction In LED Screen Prices

Over the period, there has been a remarkable decline in the price of narrow-pitch LED displays. As a result, many can purchase and enjoy the full benefits of LED display technology. This, therefore, has contributed to the increase in market demand. 

Global Digitization

Another important factor is the worldwide adoption of digitization in different sectors. This has also ‌driven ‌market growth. This is because more industries, corporations, and individuals have developed a good taste for high-resolution displays for their advertising, control rooms, and retail establishments among other application areas.

Low Costs of Production

Further, with low production costs, LED display manufacturers have been able to invest more in technology development. As a result, they have been able to scale up their production rate and thereby, drive prices downwards while attracting more demand with their improved solutions that guarantee an immersive viewing experience.

Diversification of Narrow Pitch Display Solutions

Over the past years, application requirements for small pitch displays have gone beyond basic content monitoring or display. For instance, as both the gaming and video industries expand, production and demand of high-definition (HD) small-pitch LED screens become a reality. 

So, some manufacturers have become specialized in developing narrow-pitch LED screens with resolutions as high as 4K for immersive movie-viewing experiences.

The Trend of Small Pitch Display – The Market Competition & Segments

Market Competition

There are many key players in the narrow-pitch LED display industry especially in Asia Pacific, Europe, and N. America. Most of the manufacturers have strong financial and technological capacity. 

So, competition among the key players is stiff. As the technology progresses towards ultra-small pixel pitch display solutions, the competition will just become more intense. This will result in more advanced display solutions for a wide range of industry needs. 

NPP Displays – The Market Segment

The bulk of the manufactured narrow-pitch display screens find their places in the Control Room & Monitoring workstations. So, they form the largest market segment. This trend is projected to continue in the future. 

Some of the industries where small pitch screens are used include TV and Broadcasting, digital signage, security surveillance, and transportation sectors. Other market segments include Simulation and smart transportation industries among others. 

As the narrow-pitch display technology continues to evolve, it is expected that new market segments will emerge to address specific high-definition display requirements.

Small Pitch Displays vs. Other Display Technologies

As you may be aware, several other display technologies can be compared with narrow itch displays. However, it is important to note that NPP displays mainly focus on indoor applications and provide superior image quality in terms of sharpness and clarity compared to other display technologies. 

Different display technologies have their advantages and disadvantages depending on their application areas. If you consider the entire display market, LCD-based technologies have the largest market share. This is because the technology is less expensive compared to narrow-pixel pitch display solutions. 

Some of the available technologies you may want to compare with small-pitch displays include LCD Splicing, DLP Splicing, Projection Fusion, and Large Screen LCDs.

The Trend of Narrow Pitch Display – Technological Advancements

Several technological developments have continued to keep small-pitch LED displays in the hearts and souls of many industries and users in general. Remember that the current LED display technologies have gone beyond just having smaller pixel pitches.

While the current technological developments touch on other parameters for enhanced viewing experience, reliability in performance remains critical. 

 Here are some of the technological developments that continue to attract buyers to NPP displays:

Reduction in Pixel Pitch & Display Flexibility

As demand for clear and sharper images increases, there has been a remarkable advancement in the reduction of pixel pitches to satisfy this growing urge.

Currently, you can find small LED display screen solutions with pixels as small as 0.2mm!

Further, technology has made it possible to have flexible narrow-pitch LED screens that you can easily bend and mount on any bent surface.

Superior Refresh Rates of Up To 3840Hz!

Small LED screens are popular because of their NPP. Other factors have also contributed to their overall improvements.

In the sports gaming sector, for instance, moving images need to be captured and displayed for comfortable viewing. To achieve this, LED display manufacturers have significantly improved the refresh rates of narrow-pitch LED solutions, and this has enhanced the viewing experience.  

Presently, you will find small-pitch LED screen solutions with refresh rates as high as 3840Hz.

Interaction Technology Trend in Small Screen Displays

Interaction technology has continued to promote the development and market of small-pitch LED screens as it has enhanced the user. This is because users can now interact with content in a more immersive manner than before. For instance, the use of touch screens, face recognition, and the use of gestures has attracted more people to small-pitch display solutions.

The technology has also contributed to the growth of the interactive kiosk market among other solutions where user-data interaction is desired.

Some of the areas where you will interact with small pitch display LED screens include shopping centers, conference rooms, and learning institutions.

Easy Integration with Immerging Technologies 

In recent times, there has been increased integration of small LED display screens with other new technologies, and this has helped in expanding the market. For instance, you can now find narrow-pitch display solutions integrated with Interactive game systems. 

Virtual Reality(VR) and Augmented Reality have taken the viewers’ immersive experience to a new high level. Considering that there are about 170 million users of VR globally, the demand for narrow pixel-pitch LED screens will keep growing.

Further, there has been seamless integration of small pitch displays in various application systems such as 3D technology.

With the increasingly modular design of narrow-pitch displays, screens of different sizes and pixels can now be produced to fulfill different industry requirements.

Assembly, disassembly, connection to other systems, and maintenance have become much easier.

Contrast Ratio Development | Improved Luminous Efficiency

The contrast ratio is simply the distinction between the dark parts of the image and the light areas. Therefore, the higher the contrast ratio, the better the image quality.

Small-pitch displays have undergone significant technological improvements in contrast ratio allowing for the display of high-quality pictures under various lighting environments. Currently, you will find indoor small-pitch LED screens with a contrast ratio of 5000:1

Further, with the development of smaller LED lamp beads or the miniaturization of lamp beads, luminous efficiency has been significantly improved.

Improvements in Color Gamut

With modern technological advancements, the color displays in small-pitch LED screens have hit a new magical level. With advanced small LED screens enriched with wide color gamut LED chips, now you can witness mind-blowing displays with super accurate color performance. That’s not all…

With enhanced calibration algorithms, the creation of digital images by digital artists has become a refreshing digital adventure!

Chip-On-Board (COB) Technology

The increased demand for ultra-high-definition displays (UHD) has led to the adoption of COB technology in the manufacture of small-pitch LED screens. 

Because the COB technology consists of an array of high-density LED chips, developing small LED display screens is now a reality. Manufacturers can now develop LED displays with pixels of P1.2mm and as low as P0.3mm.

How does this compare with the traditional Surface Mount Device (SMD)technology?

In a 10mm X 10mm square printed circuit board (PCB), COB technology allows you to have about 8 more LEDs compared to the older SMD technology.

Let’s put this into a different perspective. A circuit square that would normally take 40 LEDs with SMD LED technology can now take about 342 LEDs with COB technology. That’s a massive improvement.

 COB technology has also proved to be more energy efficient with more stable performance than traditional technology. 

Mini LED & Micro LED Technologies 

Mini LED Technology

With Mini LED and Micro LED technologies, manufacturers can now produce more advanced small-pitch display screens than before. This has LED to increased demand for Ultra-small screens including transparent LED displays. What distinguishes Min LED screen technology from Micro LED screen technologies?

Mini LED technology is an improved version of the traditional LED backlight technology. With the Mini LED technology, manufacturers can use thousands of LED backlight sources that are 75% smaller than the traditional LEDs.

This has allowed for the manufacture of narrow-pitch displays with better control of screen brightness, contrast, and color displays. The cost of Mini LED display solutions is, however, not within reach of many consumers. 

Micro LED Technology – 

Also called LED miniaturization Micro LED Technology has set the standard much higher and is no doubt the current and the next generation of small-pitch display screens.

The technology uses extra small LEDs with diameters in micrometers.

Unlike the mini-LED and traditional LEDs, Micro LEDs provide their light and so, do not require backlighting.

Because Micro LEDs are packed close to each other, manufacturers can now develop a wide range of high-resolution screens.

Both the Mini LED and Micro LED technologies are still in their early stage of development. Therefore, it will take time before they can be used to produce affordable small-pitch display solutions. 

Some of the high-end Mini LED solutions are still beyond the reach of many potential consumers.

 There is no doubt, however, that the technologies are on the path of shaping the future trend of small pixel-pitch LED displays. 

Small-Pitch Display Trend – Application Industries

Small-pitch display screens continue to be the display of choice for a wide range of industries, institutions, and even homes. Some of the areas 

Control Rooms and Monitoring Centers

Globally, most small pitch displays find application in control rooms and monitoring stations. This is because of their superior image sharpness clarity, durability, and reliability.  

Digital Signage | Retail Advertising

If you pop into some city retail shop, you will find advertisement campaigns displayed on modern high-definition LED screens. Some of these displays run on narrow pixel pitch technology. They provide superior brightness and vibrant colors that keep target audiences captivated.

Gaming, Sports, and Entertainment Industry

Many modern sports arenas, concert halls, and even individual homes have embraced the use of small-pitch display LED screens. Thanks to technological developments, viewers can now enjoy high-definition content like never before including live feed broadcasts.

Broadcast Screens and Television Studios

Within the broadcasting and television industries, narrow-pitch displays guarantee high-resolution content. Program producers use these screens in production studios and newsrooms as they guarantee high-quality display of images.

Visualization and Simulation Industries

If your industry or projects focus on visualization and simulation of data, then you will find narrow-pitch displays a perfect solution for your application needs.

This is because the small pitch displays allow for clear and high-quality presentation and, therefore, easier interpretation of processed data. Representations can be in the form of graphs, visual illustrations, or other forms of digital images such as 3-D presentations. 

What’s The Future Trend of Small Pitch Display?

With display technology bolts and nuts continuing to pile up, the current and future trend of narrow-pitch displays is an adventurous one. Considering how the key industry players continue investing in developing and integrating new display solutions, user applications, and viewing experiences are set to reach greater heights.

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