But what if the existing LCD technology could be massively improved, without having to throw out the existing manufacturing plant and methods? This is exactly what can be done by replacing the older (inorganic) White LED edge-illuminated backlights with backlights based on quantum dot technology.
Nanosys, the leading company in this field, calls [this] QDEF (Quantum-Dot Enhancement Film).
“We believe quantum dot is the future of display technology,” said Joe Stinziano, executive vice president of the consumer business division at Samsung Electronics.
The newish competitor is quantum dot technology, which Samsung claims can generate visuals that rival OLED screens. Moreover, quantum dot material can enhance lower cost LCD display manufacturing lines with a few adjustments. OLEDs have traditionally been more challenging to make, which contributed to their slow arrival to production model televisions.
Nanosys scientific co-founder and Director of the Lawerence Berkeley National Lab, Dr. Paul Alivisatos, takes NBC Learn on a tour of Nanosys' Silicon Valley Quantum Dot manufacturing facility.
Dr Alivisatos, who recently received the 2016 National Medal of Science, talks with NBC reporter Kate Snow about how this amazing nanotechnology that he helped pioneer is changing the way our TVs work today... The section on Nanosys begins at 2:16 - enjoy!
CNN Money reporter Hope King called Quantum Dot TVs from Samsung one of the "hits" of CES 2016 in her round up of big tech show:
"Samsung is making TVs smarter, better, and cooler... [they] introduced "Quantum Dot" technology displays that show incredibly life-like colors. The top TV in the picture has this new Quantum Dot tech and shows true red, for example. The bottom TV, which is older, shows the shoe's color as more orange."
Author Chris Chinnock, takes a close look at all the competing technologies that are vying to bring next generation video features like HDR and Wide Color Gamut into your living room. According to him, "quantum dot technology is clearly the front runner for achieving the high color gamuts."
Caleb Denison of Digital Trends interviews Dave Das, Samsung SVP of Home Entertainment at CES 2016. According to Dave:
“Samsung has become much more focused and clear in our definition of what SUHD stands for. Specifically, for 2016, All of our SUHD TVs have Quantum Dot, they have 1,000 nits of brightness and they are 10 bit panels.”
USA Today talks up Quantum Dot display technology in their review of Hisense's cutting edge H10 TV:
"Quantum dot (or nanocrystal) is a relatively new technology that can intensify the colors produced by LED TVs. It's a feature that's been adopted by just about every major TV manufacturer, and it should roll out everywhere later this year."
The new set features Quantum Dot technology from Nanosys and will be available in the US this year for $2799.
Nanosys Quantum Dot technology featured in Touch Display Research's 3rd annual report on Quantum Dots. According to the report, the overall QD display component and lighting and QLED market will surpass $2 billion by 2017, and reach $10.8 billion by 2026.
Sharp announced that it's 2016 TV lineup will be headed up by a pair of stunning HDR Quantum Dot TVs using QDEF Quantum Dot technology from Nanosys and 3M. The Verge covered the news at CES:
The new flagship TV, the 70-inch 4K Sharp Aquos N9000 series, features Quantum Dot technology and high dynamic range — both firsts for Sharp — as well as Full-Array local dimming over 192 zones; it will retail for $3,299. There’s also a 65-inch 4K model with a curved screen with an identical spec breakdown that will cost you $2,999.
Steven Sinofsky wrote up a great review of his top "observations for product people at CES 2016" over at Medium. He highlights "Better Displays" with HDR, including Samsung's SUHD Quantum Dot, as one of these trends. He also breaks down why HDR content is coming faster than we may think and certainly faster than the transition to HDR.
"All the major companies were showing off HDR displays. There’s a new industry acronym Ultra HD Premium which signifies an appropriate level of dynamic range. Netflix and other content providers will also be supporting HDR."
The Samsung SUHD TV with Quantum Dot is the TV at CES 2016 that we thought best encapsulated the concept of "next generation." Why? Like its competition, this TV can do 4K Quantum Dot, all while rocking a bezel-less body. But, right now, it does it better than any other model on the horizon.
This year, Samsung is touting the KS9500 as a "quantum dot TV." And it is. So were all of last year's SUHD sets, only Samsung called them "nano-crystal" then. We bet quantum dot experts Nanosys—who make the quantum dot film for Samsung, TCL, Hisense, and Vizio—are glad the company is finally telling it like it is.
According to Samsung the KS9500 can hit about 100% of the DCI-P3 color space—an awesome feat that meets the minimum requirements for the UHD Alliance's "Premium HDR" designation. The TV also achieves the minimum resolution requirement (4K), and the necessary panel bit depth and 0.05–1000 nit reference levels (a contrast ratio of 20,000:1).
The QUHD TV series, built on the fundamental innovation of backlight technology, has set a higher standard for next-generation TVs, bringing an end to disputes over what is actually the next-generation TV technology. QUHD TVs, by taking full advantage of the unique quantum technology, far exceed LED TVs in terms of display effects and also surpasses OLED TVs in terms of several key metrics, including definition and color purity.
Nanosys is one of the companies providing quantum-dot technology to display manufacturers, including Vizio and Hisense/Sharp, all of which use Nanosys' QDEF film in some of their FALD LED-LCD TVs for 2016. In addition, Nanosys has licensed its technology to Samsung since 2010. (Interestingly, Samsung called this technology Nano Crystal in 2015, but at this year's CES, it switched to the more common name of quantum dots.)
In the Nanosys suite at the Westgate hotel, I saw several cool demos,
The White House has announced that Paul Alivisatos, director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), Nanosys co-founder, award-winning chemist and internationally recognized authority on the fabrication of nanocrystals and their use in solar energy applications, has won the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research.