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FastCompany: U.S. Will Take 15 Years to Break Dependence on Chinese Metals

The DOE also suggests developing substitutes--a process that is already underway. A company called Nanosys, for example, manufactures synthetic phosphors for LED backlighting out of easy-to-find materials--not the yttrium commonly used in phosphor production. Big-name electronics manufacturers like LG and Samsung are snapping up the Nanosys QuantumRail LED backlighting device, in part because it doesn't require those pesky rare earth metals.

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Quantum Dot Displays Start to Shine

Silicon Valley-based Nanosys, another company working with quantum dots, expects to have its own product available in early 2011. Nanosys adds a strip of quantum dots to a liquid-crystal display's backlight to improve color quality and energy efficiency. QD Vision is developing a similar product.

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Nanosys: We Can Replace Some Rare Earth Metals

"We make a semiconductor phosphor that employs a nanomaterial called a quantum dot," explains Nanosys CEO Jason Hartlove. "It's made out of indium phosphide, and the synthesis process is all in the lab. There's no heavy metal mining, no destructive mining practices."

Nanotech power arriving soon

We recently had a chance to talk to Jason Hartlove of Nanosys about the directions they are going in and their announcement about expansion into Asia. They recently added direct local support in Korea and announced licensing programs with both LG and Samsung. The local support offices feature both Q&A type of support as well as advanced analysis facilities The offices are located in the Korean Advanced Nanotech Center (KANE) which is a laboratory centric industrial park which features a centralized metrology lab, SEM/TEM facility, particulate analysis and other nanotechnology centric specialized tools and services.

Triple Pundit Interview with Jason Hartlove on SiNANOde

Today’s Nissan Leaf has a 100-mile driving range per charge. The Chevy Volt has a 350 miles driving range. However, this increased range is achieved through an onboard gasoline generator that can recharge the battery. The expectation is that the next leap in technology will bring solely electric cars with a 300-mile driving range between charges. Consumers will expect it to be price competitive with the operating cost of a 50-mile per gallon hybrid like the Toyota Prius. For driving enthusiasts it would also be cool if it could perform like a Porsche.

Display technology is currently realizing the benefits of nanotechnology in lighting support for the displays and the display construction itself.

Display technology is currently realizing the benefits of nanotechnology in lighting support for the displays and the display construction itself. One of the new display technologies is the Mirasol display from Qualcomm. This MEMS (microelectromechanical-system)-on-glass device targets low-power, daylight-readable color displays for portable-system applications.

Engadget: Nanosys forms alliance with Samsung to further the art of nanotech, fight the gray goo menace

Nanotech: it's about to get big -- well, figuratively speaking anyway. California-based Nanosys, who has worked to apply little tech to everything from flash memory to LED-backlit displays, is now applying it to solve a new problem: cash flow. Through a partnership with Samsung, Nanosys will receive "funding and resources" plus a $15 million equity investment while Samsung will presumably get first dibs to produce the fruits of this partnership. The press release, embedded below, specifically mentions applying research to develop better solar tech, but also indicates a hope to improve "electronics" in general, opening the door for just about anything. We're going to go ahead and hope for nanotech foot massaging running shoes, but feel free to lodge your own requests in the comments section below.

Xconomy: How a MacGyver of the Semiconductor Industry Plans to Rescue Nanosys

Jason Hartlove has a name and a rakish mug worthy of a soap-opera star, a resume that any Silicon Valley engineer would envy, and a bit of swagger as a turnaround CEO. He co-invented the optical mouse at Hewlett-Packard, ran a 3,000-employee manufacturing operation for HP spinoff Agilent in Malaysia, and set South Korea’s struggling MagnaChip Semiconductor on its current path to an IPO. “One of my investors said this—so I won’t claim it for myself—but I am a technology MacGyver,” Hartlove says. “If you give me some piece of technology, I can really figure out what to do with it.”

Medtronic’s Stephen Oesterle talks about Nanosys’ battery technology

An example is a little company in Palo Alto called Nanosys, they have captured a lot of IP in the area of nanotechnology for display, flash memory, coatings, etc. I sit on that board and try to help see how those technologies are relevant to our business. One example there is that we are interested in deep miniaturization of microelectronics, which has some ramifications for battery technology and you can use silicon nanotubes to enhance batteries. So we say to them that their technology could enhance our batteries (Medtronic makes their own batteries). continue reading

MIT Technology Review: Colorful Quantum-Dot Displays Coming to Market

Liquid-crystal displays, or LCDs, found in televisions, computers, and cell phones, are very inefficient: their complex optical layers discard over 90 percent of the light they produce internally, some of it because it's not quite the right color. Displays that will be in products made by Korean electronics company LG at the end of the year will have a better color gamut and save battery life by using more of the light that normally gets tossed out.

DisplayDaily: Quantum Dots Get Real

After dozens of press releases, emails and calls from industry contacts and PR people, it’s easy for an analyst to think he knows in advance what’s going to happen at SID Display Week. Then, there are the surprises. One of those surprises was encountered in the LG Display booth on the show floor, where a “QuantumRail” quantum-dot optical element from Nanosys (Palo Alto, CA; www.nanosysinc.com) had been incorporated in a developmental LCD LED backlight unit by LG Innotek.

The Economist- Quantum dots A quantum leap for lighting

HOW many inventions does it take to change a light bulb? More than you might think. Around the world, many people are switching from traditional incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, which require less energy to produce a given amount of light, and therefore save money and reduce carbon emissions. But CFLs themselves may soon be overhauled by light emitting diodes (LEDs), which are even more energy efficient and have the further advantage that they come on instantly at full brightness, unlike CFLs, which can take a while to warm up. Advocates of LEDs note that the technology is versatile enough to work in almost any situation, from stadium lighting right down to the tiny light on your phone that flashes to indicate a new message.

LEDs Magazine: Nanosys targets LED-backlit applications

While LED makers have made great strides in the efficacy of white LEDs, the products still don't output pure warm white light that's comparable to other technologies. Quantum-dot technology, however, can serve to improve light quality in both LED-based backlight and general illumination applications.A number of startup companies around the globe are developing quantum-dot technology for applications ranging from lighting to military to biotech.

Barron's: Technology Trader on Nanosys

IN THE SUMMER OF 2004, two red-hot Silicon Valley start-ups were preparing initial public offerings. One was Google. The other was Nanosys, then the flagship of the emerging stream of companies focused on nanotechnology -- the science of the very small.I gave thumbs-down to the proposed $115 million Nanosys IPO in a July 5, 2004, feature called "Sweating the Small Stuff." I noted that Nanosys was little more than a collection of early-stage research projects. It had a pile of patents and a stable of Ph.Ds, but scant revenue, no products and no idea when it might generate either. The proposed IPO was a cynical attempt to tap into what was then a certain level of mania about nanotechnology. But investors figured it out: The IPO was pulled.

Engadget: Nanosys and LG Innotek agree deal for newfangled LED-backlit displays

For the nitty gritty of how Nanosys' proprietary LED backlighting technology works, check out our earlier coverage here -- what you really need to know is that the company promises a significantly wider color gamut from its displays, while reducing power consumption by up to 50 percent. Quantum dot LEDs have shown their faces before, but now there's the big hulking heft of LG Innotek -- LG's component manufacturing arm -- behind what Nanosys is offering, which indicates we might actually see the release of nanotech-infused displays within the first half of this year as promised. The early focus appears to be on mobile phones, which gives us yet another next-gen feature to add to our list of requirements for our next phone. Check out the full PR after the break. continue reading

CES 2010 - Nanosys Using Nanotechnology to Make

Jason Hartlove, CEO of Nanosys, met with me at CES to talk about the work he and his company is doing to make the colors of LED displays more colorful and attractive with process-ready technology that electronics and lighting companies can easily add to their current LED manufacturing lines. The trick is in nanotechnology, creating nanomaterials out of semiconductor materials to layer over blue LED lights (the most energy efficient LED color), forming better quality white LED light with a range of hues. And the result is far more vivid colors with the same energy efficiency of current LED technology. Using this nanotechnology, the company has figured out how to make LEDs of virtually any hue with a color saturation far greater than current LED-backlit LCD displays, and lighting that has warmer hues.