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Posted: May 17, 2011

Nanosys Unlocks Full Color LCD Viewing Experience With Nanotechnology

(Nanowerk News) Nanosys, Inc., an advanced materials architect, today announced that its next generation LCD technology, the Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF™), is available to display manufacturers. Device designers can now increase color gamut by as much as three times without making the trade offs in cost, size and brightness they've had to make in the past. This means richer, more viscerally vibrant reds and a deeper palette of greens the color the human eye sees more intensely than any other color.
>Full Color LCD Viewing Experience with Nanotechnology
QDEF™-enabled 47" display (right) delivers 60 percent of visible colors versus 20-35 percent from a typical LCD (left). More viscerally alive reds and a deeper palette of greens can be seen in the QDEF display.
QDEF™ represents the first time that quantum dot technology is available to display makers in an optical film, which can be scaled to any size including large televisions. The current generation of displays in smartphones, tablets, laptops and large format TVs can only express 20 to 35 percent of the colors the human eye can see. QDEF™ displays will unleash a whole new level of content creation and revolutionize user experience by delivering over 60 percent of visible colors.
"We believe color will be a significant differentiator for early adopters of quantum dot technology; and, QDEF™ will give display makers a competitive edge by providing consumers with a color quality experience they have only seen in movie theaters and professionally printed photos," said Jason Hartlove, president and CEO of Nanosys. "Almost all content available today has to be dialed down to match the limited capabilities of current displays, but with a QDEF™ enabled display developers and producers can create a photo-quality color experience for the user."
Designed to be process-ready, display makers can easily integrate QDEF™ into current manufacturing operations without retooling an existing line, as is the case with other technologies. This not only extends the life of their current capital expenditures, it allows for the reuse of equipment, reducing industrial waste.
QDEF™ is engineered using Nanosys' patented quantum dot materials dispersed in a polymer matrix and suspended within an optical film. The advanced material creates an improved quality white light with an unprecedented range of hues when excited by an energy-efficient blue LED. This results in better color and less power consumption than when using white LEDs.
Last year, Nanosys commercialized its quantum dot technology with the QuantumRailTM, a process-ready component for smaller format LCDs that improves color gamut and power efficiency. The company plans to expand its manufacturing capacity as it continues to commercialize its LCD and energy storage technologies.
About Nanosys, Inc.
Nanosys, Inc. is an advanced material architect, harnessing the fundamental properties of inorganic materials into process ready systems that can integrate into existing manufacturing to produce vastly superior products in lighting, electronic displays and energy storage. For more information, visit www.nanosysinc.com.
Source: Nanosys (press release)
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