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CES 2012: Nanosys Redefining "Colorful" In Displays with QDEF Display Technology

CES 2012: Nanosys Redefining "Colorful" In Displays with QDEF Display Technology

For anyone who has looked at an iPad, you probably think that the display is gorgeous. And it is. But it could be even more gorgeous if the colors were spot on. Jeff Yurek of Nanosys met with me at this year's CES to illustrate the difference in the improved quality their technology gives to displays like those on an iPad. And boy is it a difference.

EngineeringTV Video from CES 2012

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EngineeringTV Video from CES 2012

Jeff Yurek of Nanosys talks quantum dot display technology and color gamut with engineeringTV at CES 2012

Jeff Yurek of Nanosys talks quantum dot display technology and color gamut with engineeringTV at CES 2012

Bill Wong of Electronic Design magazine stopped by Nanosys' suite to talk with Jeff Yurek about their innovative QDEF display technology that dramatically improves color quality. Watch the whole thing here.

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LA Times: Nanosys promises better color in TVs, digital devices

Televisions, computer monitors and smartphones display only a fraction of the colors the human eye can see. But thanks to a new technology developed by a Silicon Valley nanotechnology company, they may soon get a lot more colorful.

Nanosys, which works with materials up to 100,000 times thinner than a human hair, has crafted a thin film laden with minuscule particles that can be placed inside a display to dramatically boost the color range it can show. "Around 30% of what the eye can actually perceive in the real world, your TV can reproduce faithfully," said Jason Hartlove, chief executive of the Palo Alto company. "That's pretty limited. Everything is pretty dull and washed out compared to reality."

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VentureBeat: Nanosys shows off richer colors for TVs, courtesy of nanotechnolog

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VentureBeat: Nanosys shows off richer colors for TVs, courtesy of nanotechnolog

Nanosys, the nanotechnology materials company, has really come through with a technology that makes flat-panel displays much brighter and more colorful without increasing their cost, energy consumption or size.

Yesterday, I got a good look at the “wide color gamut” displays that the company can enable with a plastic film that can be used in liquid crystal display (LED) TVs. The Nanosys technology is called Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF). It increases the color gamut (or number of colors) in a display by as much as three times without any increase in cost, size or power consumption.

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NanoBusiness Interview: Jason Hartlove, CEO, Nanosys

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NanoBusiness Interview: Jason Hartlove, CEO, Nanosys

In this month’s interview, we talk to Jason Hartlove, President & CEO of Nanosys, Inc. Jason has a track record of building and leading innovative companies and business units by driving emerging technologies from R&D to market application. Prior to joining Nanosys he was President of MagnaChip Semiconductor and was responsible for managing all business activities for the Imaging Solutions Division headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Prior to MagnaChip, Mr. Hartlove served as Vice President and General Manager for the Sensor Solutions Division of Agilent Technologies and its parent company Hewlett-Packard. Working in collaboration with Hewlett-Packard Laboratories from 1996, he developed the first commercial implementations of optical position sensing used in optical mice and CMOS image sensor technologies for the company. Mr. Hartlove is the author of more than 20 patents, including the winner of the Hewlett Award in 2004 for best patent in Agilent Technologies. He has also worked in a variety of manufacturing, R&D and marketing roles in semiconductor technologies including MEMS, III -V, bipolar, CMOS and BCD process technologies. Mr. Hartlove holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from UCLA and has completed graduate work at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

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Robert Scoble: Is Nanosys’ awesome new screen technology gonna be in iPad 3? I hope so. Wow.

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Robert Scoble: Is Nanosys’ awesome new screen technology gonna be in iPad 3? I hope so. Wow.

When Nanosys CEO Jason Hartlove pulled two iPads out of his bag and turned them on one looked like when I first saw my first Kodachrome slide while the other looked muddy and crappy in comparison (I pulled out my own iPad and saw my screen looked muddy and crappy in comparison too). The new one was clear, beautiful, stunning, with richer colors than I had ever seen on a screen before.

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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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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.”

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.

Nanosys Stages Comeback With LED, Battery Parts

Following what was considered a black eye for the nanotech market, many of the members of the management team fled or were shown the door. Now, things are different, says Erica Rogers, executive vice president. About a year ago, the company shifted away from licensing intellectual property, always a daunting challenge, to actually making and selling components based on its own technology. Nanosys still tries to license technology, but there is a greater emphasis on things that are drop-in replacements for traditional components.