AU Optronics Corp., Nanosys and 3M today announced a new technology alliance that offers television manufacturers around the world an all-in-one solution for incorporating the best components for visual quality into their products. The two companies’ integrated manufacturing allows TV brands to quickly bring vivid, true-to-life screens from the concept stage to store shelves. Known as AUO ALCD (Advanced LCD) technology which pairs 3M’s Quantum Dot Enhancement Film, made with quantum dots produced by California-based Nanosys, Inc., with AUO’s backlight components, thus allowing an exceptionally wide color gamut and high dynamic range for UHD 4K TV panels up to 85 inches.

AUO ALCD 85" TVs with Quantum Dot technology from 3M and Nanosys on display at Touch Taiwan 2015, where it won the Gold Panel Award.

AUO ALCD technology puts TV brands in position to create devices capable of reaching Rec. 2020, the International Telecommunications Union’s new global broadcasting standard for color-enhanced, 4K ultra-high definition displays. First published by the ITU in 2012 and previously only achievable by a small number of laser-based display technologies, Rec. 2020 calls for increased bit depth and a wider gamut of colors beyond the previous broadcasting standard. Achieving over 100 percent of the National Television System Committee (NTSC) color-gamut performance, ALCD renders much more detailed and lifelike images with quantum dot wide color gamut solution.

“Consumers want the most efficient devices, coupled with great visual quality. Our work with innovators like AUO means combining great technologies and smart supply chains, from ideas to final delivery,” said Erik Jostes, business director for 3M Display Materials and Systems division. “The exciting thing is that the LCD industry is on the verge of a color revolution. Quantum dot materials enable displays to produce colors richer than any other technology, providing life-like images of a quality never seen before.”

“AUO is a world leader in display panel and system manufacturing, and we believe that enabling them to supply large volumes of quantum dot display products is a game-changer for the industry,” said Jason Hartlove, CEO of Nanosys. “Top consumer electronics brands now have a trusted, high quality path – from materials to optical films to display panels – to bring exceptional, high quality, high color gamut quantum dot display products to market, one which we believe will drive continued growth of this technology.”

“AUO is constantly working to develop new, high-end display technologies to offer consumers incredible image quality that greatly enhances their viewing experience. We are excited to have attained breakthroughs in color saturation by partnering with 3M and Nanosys on quantum dot wide color gamut technology,” said Mr. Michael Tsai, the senior vice president and general manager of AUO’s Video Solutions Business Group.

The AUO and 3M solution is applicable to all TV brands and can easily integrate with their current manufacturing processes. The solution will be available in more LCD sizes with AUO ALCD entering mass production by the end of this year.

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ABOUT AU OPTRONICS

AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) is one of the world’s leading providers of optoelectronic solutions. AUO offers a full range of panel sizes and comprehensive applications ranging from 1.4 inches to 85 inches. Based on its profound R&D and manufacturing experience, AUO continues to develop advanced display technologies of the next generation. AUO extended its market to the green energy industry in 2008. By building a vertically integrated high-efficiency solar value chain, AUO provides its customers with high-efficiency solar solutions. AUO currently has global operations in Taiwan, Mainland China, the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the Netherlands, Czech and Slovakia. Additionally, AUO is the first pure TFT-LCD manufacturer to be successfully listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). AUO has also been named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index from 2010 to 2014. AUO generated consolidated revenues of NT$408.18 billion in 2014. For more information, please visit AUO.com. 

ABOUT 3M DISPLAY MATERIALS AND SYSTEMS DIVISION

3M Display Materials and Systems Division creates exceptional viewing experiences for users around the world with leading display innovations. In warehouses, stores, offices, at home and on the go, displays foster interaction between people and technology every day. The division works with the leading global brands to drive advances in displays and improve the user experience across devices by making them lighter, more flexible, thinner, brighter, more energy efficient, sustainable in tough work environments and more responsive to touch commands. To learn more, please visit us at www.mmm.com/optics101.

3M is a trademark of 3M Company.

ABOUT NANOSYS, INC.

Nanosys, Inc. is a leader in developing and delivering state-of-the-art Quantum Dot technology to the display industry. Nanosys proprietary QDEF® technology, a key component of the Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV revolution, is enabling a new generation of displays using Quantum Dots to deliver vivid color, lifelike brightness and incredible power efficiency at a fraction of the cost of competing technologies. Industry leading consumer electronics brands have shipped award- winning devices from tablets to TVs based on Nanosys’ proprietary Quantum Dot technology.

Founded in 2001, the company is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California where it operates the world’s largest Quantum Dot nanomaterials fab with manufacturing capacity for over 25 tons of Quantum Dot materials per year. Nanosys currently owns or has exclusive license rights to more than 300 issued and pending patents worldwide. For more information, visit www.nanosysinc.com

QDEF and Nanosys are trademarks of Nanosys, Inc., registered in the United States and in other countries. 

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