Posts in Display Industry Trends
Quantum Dot Color Converters to Solve Major Challenges for MicroLED Displays

MicroLED is one of the hottest topics in the display industry today. The technology promises breakthrough performance and big acquisitions by some of the top brands in consumer electronics have led to lots of speculation about when we’ll see this technology in the market. The biggest unanswered question for microLED is whether or not the technology can be manufactured efficiently and at scale. Quantum Dots just might have the answer.

Dr. ZhongSheng Luo, Nanosys Director of Applications Engineering, joins as a guest blogger this week to share an update on Quantum Dot color converters for microLED displays.

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QLED Alliance Kicks Off in Beijing

Last week, the China Electronics Chamber of Commerce (CECC) kicked off the first QLED International Forum in Beijing, China. The CECC, which is a bit like China's CTA, brought together a group of leading TV manufacturers, supply chain partners and retailers to form an alliance with the goal of growing the worldwide market for QLED TVs.

Headlining the event were three of the world's top four TV brands: Samsung, Hisense and TCL. Each TV company committed to developing the QLED TV category and received an award for their current contributions to the QLED TV market.

Nanosys, the Quantum Dot company, joined to give an in-depth talk on the history of quantum dot technology, it's journey from the lab to today's QLED TVs and provide a look at where it's heading next.

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USA Today: Move over, 4K – HDR TV is here, and it’s gorgeous

In case you missed it, USA Today's Lee Neikirk posted a great piece this week that helps to demystify HDR. It's worth a read- he deploys some excellent real world examples (including a reference to a 2012 piece we did on the color saturation of NFL jerseys) HDR's promise of "better pixels" is much more than a "hollow marketing catchphrase."

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Samsung Focuses on Quantum Dots for TV

Amid speculation about Samsung's future plans for TV technology, the company today delivered another very clear signal that they are focused on Quantum Dot for TV. According to Hyun-seok Kim, President of Samsung Visual Display, who spoke recently with The Korea Herald

I have always said it would take two to three years to consider OLED TV. But now when little progress has been made on its tricky production and high costs since our suspension back in 2013, I wouldn’t say OLED is our future direction... Starting this year, the quantum dot TVs are being launched globally. We will become the No. 1 TV maker for the 11th consecutive year.

Here's a quick look at how Quantum Dot stacks up to WOLED TV today and where the technologies are headed next.

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IFA sets up a huge year for TVs with HDR, next-gen content and Quantum Dots

The big European fall shows for displays and broadcast technologies are in the books and, if you follow display technology, the stage is set for an exciting 2016. 

If you are not familiar with IFA, it’s a bit like the CES of Europe- a massive, weeklong show where all the biggest brands in the world show-off their latest gadgets- except bigger and longer standing. IFA was founded in the 1920’s to exhibit the hottest radios of the day and it is held, appropriately, at the site of the earliest TV broadcasts. 

 

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DisplayWeek 2015 Wrap-up

Whew, DisplayWeek 2015 just wrapped-up in San Jose and it was another great show. Loaded, as always, with tons of display news. 

If you’re not familiar with DisplayWeek, it’s a unique event that’s sort like of an annual reunion for those in the business of making displays. It’s also been an unmatched source of display innovation news over the decades. TV technologies like LCD, Plasma, OLED, Quantum Dot and HD were all seen here first. Incredibly niche and geeky to the max but by far the best place to look for what’s coming next in the display-driven world of consumer electronics.

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Content Comes to Life at NAB 2015

Just wrapped up a whirlwind week at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas. If you are not familiar with the show it’s a massive annual gathering of professional content creators and the people who make the tools they use from cameras to displays to distribution networks. It was my first time attending and I was shocked to learn it’s nearly as large as CES with around 100,000 visitors squeezed into all three halls of the venerable Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Content creators respond as demand for UHD TV takes off: UPDATED

On this blog I've often written about the chicken and egg problem that exists between content creators, broadcasters and display makers. When it comes to next generation UHD video features like 4K resolution, wide color gamut and High Dynamic Range (HDR) these three groups have had a hard time agreeing. In the past, we’ve seen each side taking a wait-and-see approach with creators and broadcasters waiting to see more capable displays in the market while display makers looked for more content to become available before making compatible screens. That dynamic now appears to be changing rapidly, fueled by growth in China, changes in the way we consume content and the emergence new display technologies.

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CES 2015 Display wrap-up

For each of the past six years, I’ve spent the second week in January immersed in all things consumer electronics at the legendary CES trade show in Las Vegas. Each year there’s a theme or buzzword that seems to grip the show, resonating from the convention center through all the meeting rooms at hotels up and down the strip. In the time I’ve been going, it’s been everything from 3D to pre-iPad tablets to wearables. This year, for the first time in a long while, it was all about TV and the message from the major brands was focused on bringing UHD to life with better pixels. Talk of improved color gamuts, high dynamic range and technologies like Quantum Dots ruled the show.

These were my top three display takeaways from CES 2015:

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Better pixels coming to LCD, OLEDs still not easy to make

It’s mid-October, IFA’s in the rearview mirror, most of the holiday season products have been announced, and CES looms ahead in January. For those who follow display technology, this is a sort of hot-stove season– a great time to speculate about how everything we saw over the summer will play out in 2015. 

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Canon adds support for rec.2020 capture, brings next gen video a step closer to mainstream

One of the first questions that consumers have about next generation Ultra HD (UHD) video features like wide color gamut and high dynamic range is the availability of optimized content. Emerging display technologies like Quantum Dot LCD are making it possible to display a much wider, more lifelike range of color. But, without making optimized content available to watch, will these new display features add any real value?

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UHD actually means better pixels, not just more pixels

Resolution is only a small part of the UHD story.

That was my takeaway from Europe's massive late summer consumer electronics and broadcast trade shows IFA and IBC.

"UHD" is already a bit of a murky term but it has always been about resolution. Originally, it only meant 8K but marketers have evolved it to encompass just about any resolution beyond 1080P including true 4K and 3840x2160. That's about to change again and the definition is expanding this time to include not just more but better pixels. 

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How much color do displays really need? Part 4: Content Delivery

In the previous post in this series, I made the case for displays with hybrid, custom color gamuts as a great way to deliver coverage of Pointer's gamut as well as the most important broadcast standards. We can build the hardware today to support these large color gamuts so its seems like a great solution but there is a catch: nobody is broadcasting or distributing these large color gamuts today. So, are we going to have to wait for broadcasters and content creators to slowly catchup, much like we did with HDTV?

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