SANTA CLARA, CALIF., July 8, 2014—With increasing competition from AMOLED, TFT LCD display manufacturers are beginning to look to quantum dot technology to improve color performance, according to the new Quantum Dot Technology and Market Forecast Report from NPD DisplaySearch. Adoption of quantum dots is expected to be highest in smartphone TFT LCD displays, as pricing is dependent on the area of the display, and competition with AMOLED is most fierce in smartphones. The report forecasts that penetration of quantum dots in smartphone TFT LCDs will be 3% in 2015, growing to 26% in 2020. Penetration in tablet PCs will also be relatively high, with nearly 2% penetration in 2015, growing to 15% in 2020. Quantum dot penetration in LCD TV is expected to be lower, due to the large area of TV displays; NPD DisplaySearch forecasts that less than 1% of LCD TV screens will use quantum dots in 2015, growing to 9% in 2020.
Asus is getting ready to market a 15.6-inch laptop with lots of horsepower and a 4K display. Should Apple be worried?
Apple's Retina is about to get one-upped. Asus has slated a laptop with a 4K display for later this year, while Sharp showed off a prototype 8K display.
The Zenbook NX500's 15.6-inch 3,840x2,160 IPS (in-plane switching) display will use a new technology called Quantum Dots, according to Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies.
"Only the second mobile display to ship with Quantum Dots," Soneira said in an email.
"That increases the color gamut, brightness, and power efficiency all at the same time," he added. And it's a technology that Apple is also rumored to be looking into.
By comparison, Apple's 15.4-inch MacBook Pro has a 2,880x1,800 resolution display (about 3 million pixels less than Asus').
"The display...delivers lifelike color reproduction with a wide color gamut...plus factory-calibrated color temperature, making it perfect for photographers and other professionals who need accurate and consistent color fidelity for their workflows," Asus said in a press release.
Video interview with Nanosys' Jeff Yurek from SID's DisplayWeek 2014 conference in San Diego on the Quantum Dot technology behind our Best In Show-winning wide color gamut HDR demonstration with Dolby.
Quantum Dot display is said to be the next generation display technology which offers a lot of improvements over the traditional OLED displays. This particular technology has been in the market for some years now and many existing manufacturers have already considered integrating these displays onto their devices. However, several challenges like high cost and production constraints have prevented these manufacturers from mass producing QD displays.
But it seems like these challenges have been overcome as the source states that LG as well as Samsung is planning to mass produce Quantum Dot displays in the second half of 2014. So, these displays could easily end up on the next flagship models from the company scheduled to release next year.
On the show floor at SID 2014, Nanosys' 10-foot-by-10-foot booth won a Best in Show award in the small exhibit category. Nanosys, which makes the quantum dots used in 3M's quantum-dot enhancement film (QDEF), was showing two TV sets side-by-side: one was a conventional LCD TV; the second incorporated both QDEF and Dolby's HDR technology, and the image was compelling. But what does QDEF have to do with HDR?
Nanosys Quantum Dot technology is a 3-Time winner of the Society for Information Display's prestigious Best In Show Award. This year the award was given for Nanosys' collaboration with Dolby for a display with a true-to-life experience. The stunning display shows 2,000 nits of peak brightness, DCI-P3 color gamut and 16 F-stops of dynamic range– without drawing more power than a standard display thanks to super-efficient Quantum Dots from Nanosys.
At Computex 2014, high-res displays are all the rage, with everyone from Gigabyte to MSI and Intel showing off laptops with higher-than-HD screens. ASUS’s 15.6-inch ZenBook NX500 laptop is one of the best we’ve seen, thanks not only to its industry-leading 4K display but to its incredibly vibrant color. We had a chance to spend a few minutes with the NX500 and were blown away by the brilliant images on its display.
As for the display -- the star of the show, really -- it covers 100 percent of the NTSC spectrum, along with 108 percent of Adobe RGB. Between the rich colors, sharp resolution and wide viewing angles, ASUS has cooked up one hell of a display. I'll reserve judgment for a full review, of course, but let's be real: it's pretty obviously a nice screen. I don't expect my opinion to change much, not even after more careful examination.
Asus has unveiled a whole stack of devices during its Computex 2014 press conference, including new Android tablets and the Transformer Book V, but it is perhaps the Zenbook NX500 that is attracting the most attention. The 15.6-inch laptop has a 4K UHD 3M QDEF touchscreen display.
Utilising Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M graphics, the screen is the first in the world to use 3M's quantum dots technology. Asus claims that not only does this increase resolution, but it enables an ultra-wide colour gamut of 100 per cent NTSC, 108 per cent Adobe RGB and 146 per cent sRGB.
Asus’ upcoming Zenbook NX500 looks a lot like Apple’s MacBook Pro, but that’s no complaint. The high-end laptop is a posh device that left us impressed, especially with its 4K screen.
Forbes: Image quality of OLED under pressure from new LCD screens enhanced with Quantum Dot technology
The image quality of OLED is, theoretically, under pressure from new LCD screens enhanced with quantum dot technology.
Research into nanocrystals has recently been translated into the production of commercial devices. In May 2011, the company Nanosys announced a product called the Quantum Dot Enhancement Film6. This is a thin layer of quantum dots that convert the blue light of a GaN light-emitting diode into bright colours and can be used in liquid-crystal displays. Furthermore, the Amazon Kindle uses quantum dot technology for enhanced definition.
According to a new research report published by Allied Market Research (Portland, OR), the global market for quantum dots (QDs) reached $316 million in 2013 and is expected to grow to $5.04 billion by 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.9% in the period between 2014 and 2020.
With Quantum Dot Enhancement Film, LCD makers now have an efficient mechanism for integrating quantum dots into their manufacturing processes.
After decades of research and development, the first liquid-crystal displays containing quantum dots (QDs)—molecule-sized spheres of semiconductor materials—are coming to market. These displays will have the ability to express as much as 50% more color than earlier LCDs, resulting in color performance approximately equal to or exceeding that offered by commercialized organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays.
LCD makers are exploring several technologies for integrating QDs into their manufacturing processes. 3M's Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (3M QDEF) is proving to be an efficient and durable mechanism.
Upcoming HDTV displays like the one in this photo (top) could offer an even more brilliant image thanks to Quantum Dots. Nanosys actually grows the tiny crystals responsible for the rich colors and 3M then imbrues a transparent sheet with them. The dots block some of the blue light spectrum while helping to pump up the reds and greens.
Display experts, Displaymate, say QDs will revolutionize LCD displays over the next five years, bringing them on a par with the OLED screens favored by Apple’s main competitor.
Quantum Dot is an enhancement film layer that improves the color performance of LCD screens, like the Retina. It can also be used to enhance the color performance of TVs. Quantum Dot technology has the advantage of being able to work with existing display production lines – it’s a drop-in technology with no significant capital investment required.
What’s doubly interesting is that there are already quantum dot technologies on the market. I wrote back in the summer that inventors Nanosys and fabricator 3M were ready to roll with quantum dot enhancement film (QDEF).
DisplayMate: 2014 Innovative Displays and Display Technologies Smartphones, Tablets, TVs, and Wearable Displays
In 2014 the most significant development for high-end LCDs will be the increased adoption of Quantum Dots by many more manufacturers, which will improve the Color Gamut, Color Accuracy, display power efficiency, brightness and/or the running time on battery for mobile displays.
"Apple has recently given up the lead in displays -- now Amazon, Google, LG, and Samsung are launching products with the best and most innovative displays."
He cited the example of an emerging LCD technology called Quantum Dots that Amazon has tapped for the Kindle Fire HDX 7 (now $199 at Amazon).
"Quantum Dots are going to revolutionize and reenergize LCDs for the next 5+ years," he wrote. "While they have been under development for many years, in 2013 they made it out of the labs and into consumer products: in some models of Sony Bravia TVs...and in the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, with Quantum Dots from Nanosys," he said.
Quantum Dot displays produce highly saturated primary colors that are similar to those produced by OLED displays, according to Soneira.
Apple has filed for three new patents, according to applications published by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) today. The applications all relate to the use of quantum dot-enhanced displays, which provide a number of advantages to electronic device screens, including richer and more vibrant colors, better viewing angles and an overall better experience vs. standard LCD gadget screens.
"Quantum Dots are going to revolutionize and reenergize LCDs for the next 5+ years," Dr. Ray Soneira of DisplayMate
Quantum Dots provide an amazing super high technology performance enhancement for LCDs through a unique application of Quantum Physics. By incorporating them within the Backlight the LCDs then produce highly saturated primary colors that are similar to those produced by OLED displays, plus they also improve the brightness and power efficiency at the same time. Instead of using existing White LEDs (which have yellow phosphors) that produce a broad light spectrum that makes it hard to efficiently produce saturated colors, Quantum Dots directly convert the light from Blue LEDs into highly saturated narrow band primary colors for LCDs. And the icing on the cake is that their colors are precisely tunable during manufacture, which means they can produce the exact colors needed for high image and picture color accuracy. This eliminates the lopsided Color Gamuts and White Point errors that are present in most existing displays.