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QLED name for the whole display industry to use

August 21, 2017 by Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D., Principal Analyst, Touch Display Research Inc.

I’ve been writing articles about quantum dot technologies since 2008. In 2013, I surveyed many quantum dot suppliers and published the first “Quantum Dot Display (QLED) and Lighting Technologies and Market Forecast Report”. According to my industry friend, a CTO at a famous quantum dot company, he said, “Jennifer, you are the first analyst who wrote a quantum dot market report, as far as I know.”

Quantum dot (including quantum rod, or tetrapod-shaped quantum dot) could improve picture quality of displays dramatically in terms of color gamut, color accuracy and reducing power consumption compared to conventional Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)/ Light Emitting Diode (LED) displays. This is one of the biggest breakthrough technologies for display in several years. Quantum dot LCD is challenging AMOLED displays.

  • QD Vision and Sony brought quantum dot TVs to the market in 2013.
  • Nanosys, 3M and Amazon brought quantum dot tablet PCs to the market in 2013.
  • Samsung announced the first Cadmium-free quantum dot TV at CES 2015, and has been commercializing it since Q1 2015.
  • LG Electronics also announced quantum dot TV at CES 2015, (but later LG changed strategy about quantum dot).
  • Quantum dot was a hot topic at CES 2015 to 2017, at SID DisplayWeek from 2013 to 2017, and at IFA 2014 to 2017.

According to the “Quantum Dot Display and Lighting Technologies and Market Forecast 2017 Report”, the quantum dot display has grown from zero dollar revenue in 2012 to a billion-dollar display category in 2017. The quantum dot display formed a new category—QLED (Quantum dot based Light Emitting Diode).

The definition of QLED has not yet been defined within the display industry. In the early years, “QLED”, or “QDEL”, or “QD-LED” were used in academic papers to call the electro-luminescent (EL) types of quantum dot. When an electric current is applied to these types of material, it will generate light. At this moment in 2017, the EL types of quantum dot are still in the R&D stage.

Currently, 100% the quantum dot display that is commercially available is the photo-luminescent (PL) type quantum dot. When a short wavelength light (such as blue light) shines on a certain quantum dot, then it can emit a longer wavelength light (such as green or red).

In 2016, Samsung Electronics has applied for the trademark “Samsung QLED TV” with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Samsung indicated that although they own the “Samsung QLED TV” trade mark, the “QLED” name is a common term like OLED TV or LED TV. “QLED” can be used by the whole display industry as a category name to call any displays with quantum dots in it.

Figure: QLED category includes PL (Photo-luminescent) and EL (Electro-luminescent) types of quantum dot

Source: Touch Display Research, 2017

Touch Display Research believes it is a good idea to use QLED as an umbrella name (or category name) to call any displays with quantum dots in it. Under the QLED umbrella name, the photo-luminescent (PL) type quantum dot can be called QLED PL type.  The electro-luminescent (EL) types of quantum dot can be called QLED EL type.

QLED is a nice and short name. There is no need to reserve the QLED name for the EL type quantum dot only, since EL type is not in the market yet. When the EL type quantum dot enters the market (we forecast it will be after 2019), we can call it: QLED EL type under the QLED umbrella.

In April 2017, three large TV suppliers (Samsung, Hisense, TCL), a supply chain (Nanosys), and five large retailers in China (GOME Electrical Appliances, Suning Commerce Group, JD.com, Five Star and Sundan) have agreed to form the QLED TV Alliance in Beijing China. TCL has also enhanced the support of QLED by launching new QLED TVs globally since May.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

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About Touch Display Research Inc.

Touch Display Research, Inc. (www.TouchDisplayResearch.com) is a technology market research and consulting firm specializing in touch screen and emerging display technologies such as OLED displays, quantum dots, flexible displays, e-paper displays, ITO-replacement, Active pen, near-eye displays, gesture controls, voice recognition, and eye tracking. Touch Display Research helps technology companies grow and connecting their technologies to the marketplace. We have been writing about OLED industry for over 10 years. We were the first company to publish Quantum Dot market reports. We were the first company to publish Active Pen market report, and ITO-replacement market report.  We have always been there to analyze new and emerging technologies. Touch Display Research provides reports, consulting, and due diligence to touch suppliers, display manufacturers, consumer electronics ODMs/OEMs, material suppliers, investors and venture capitalists. We are member of Flextech Alliance, SEMI and SID.

 

Nanoco signed quantum dot license with Wah Hong

July 22, 2016

Today, Nanoco, a world leader in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials, announced a good news—it signed a seven-year supply and licensing agreement to supply Cadmium-free quantum dot to Wah Hong Industrial Corporation. Wah Hong is a leading Taiwanese manufacturer and supplier of optical films.

Quantum dot market has been growing rapidly in recent couple of years. Just 2 months ago, Nanosys announced that Hitachi Chemical and Nanosys have partnered in the development of QDEF (quantum dot enhancement film) for display applications. Hitachi Chemical plans to begin shipping QDEF in mass production volumes during the 2nd half of 2016.

In the recently published “Quantum Dot Display and Lighting Technologies and Market Forecast Report (Third Edition),” Touch Display Research surveyed many quantum dot suppliers, display manufacturers and OEMs, and analyzed and forecasted the quantum dot display component market with detail of material type and form factor. This report profiles over 80 companies working on quantum dot materials and quantum dot components. Touch Display Research forecasts the overall QD display component and lighting and QLED market will surpass $2 billion by 2017, and reach $10.8 billion by 2026.

Figure 1. Quantum Dot Display and Lighting Technologies and Market Forecast

quantum dot forecast 2016

Source: Touch Display Research, 2016

“Quantum dot technology could improve Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) dramatically in terms of color gamut, color accuracy and reducing power consumption. The number of companies working on quantum dot has increased to over 80 in 2016 from just 60 companies in 2015,” said Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, CEO and principal analyst of Touch Display Research Inc. “We forecast quantum dot components will have a rapid penetration into displays and lighting from 2016 to 2026.”

The report provides market forecast with a detailed breakdown by Cadmium-type quantum dot and Cd-free quantum dot.

The “Quantum Dot Display and Lighting Technologies and Market Forecast Report” Third Edition is available immediately and includes a PowerPoint file of over 290 pages and an Excel database.

A license for less than five users is $3800 for this report. The license for five or more users is $4800.

You can subscribe on our website: www.touchdisplayresearch.com in the Market research report page or by email: jc@touchdisplayresearch.com

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

Quantum dots making big progress at SID 2016

May 27, 2016

At SID 2016 DisplayWeek, quantum dot is continued to be hot topic, even hotter than last year.(see our blog about last year’s SID).

Nanosys announced two good news. Nanosys announced that Hitachi Chemical and Nanosys have partnered in the development of QDEF (quantum dot enhancement film) for display applications. Hitachi Chemical plans to begin shipping QDEF in mass production volumes during the 2nd half of 2016.

Nanosys also announced a breakthrough quantum dot film—Hyperion. Hyperion Quantum Dots have Cadmium in it, but very little, below 90 ppm. In the European Union’s Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, it requests any component with Cadmium must be <100 ppm (which is 0.01%). RoHS never requests Cd-free. Now, Hyperion QDs meet this requirement, so it doesn’t need to request exemption. Touch Display Research believes this is very clever. How is Hyperion’s performance? More analysis of Hyperion can be found in the Touch and Emerging Display monthly report.

Figure: Nanosys quantum dot demo at SID 2016.

Nanosys SID 2016 booth with TDR2

Photo by: Touch Display Research

QD Vision also showed TVs with Color IQ and new TPV’s AOC brand monitors with Color IQ in them. Three new quantum dot companies had shown Touch Display Research their QD samples recently.

In the recently published “Quantum Dot 2016 Report (Third Edition),” Touch Display Research surveyed many quantum dot suppliers, display manufacturers and OEMs, and analyzed and forecasted the quantum dot display component market with detail of material type and form factor. This report profiles over 80 companies working on quantum dot materials and quantum dot components. Touch Display Research forecasts the overall QD display component and lighting and QLED market will surpass $2 billion by 2017, and reach $10.8 billion by 2026.

Figure 2. Quantum dot component for display and lighting market forecast

quantum dot forecast 2016

Source: Touch Display Research, Quantum dot 2016 report

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

 

The funniest moment at Quantum Dots Forum 2016

March 10, 2016, by Jennifer Colegrove

Quantum Dots Forum 2016 is hosted by Smithers APEX in the beautiful Island Hotel at NewPort Beach, California. The conference co-chair is Dr. Seth Coe-Sullivan, CTO and co-founder of QD Vision, and Dr. Johnny Steckel, lead technologies at Apple.

On behalf of Touch Display Research, I gave a presentation about quantum dot display and lighting market yesterday.

Today is day-2 of the Quantum Dots Forum 2016. After the breakfast, the audiences sat down in the ball room. But only Seth was on the stage at 8:05am when the conference supposed to start according to the agenda.  So, Seth started the day-2 and said, “Welcome to the 2nd day of the Quantum Dots Forum 2016. Everybody is here, except my co-chair.” All the audience laughed. Then Seth went on and introduced the first speaker, Mr. Jason Hartlove, President and CEO of Nanosys.

Figure: Nanosys CEO- Mr. Jason Hartlove gave presentation at QD Forum 2016

Jason at QD Forum 2016 presentation

Photo by: Jennifer Colegrove, Touch Display Research

While Jason was giving his presentation, co-chair Johnny arrived and quietly walked on stage and sat beside Seth.

After Jason’s presentation. Co-chair Johnny introduced the 2nd speaker, Mr. Steve Reinhard, VP of Nanoco. And Johnny added, “Steve, it’s great to have you join us.”  Steve immediately responded with a smile, “It’s great to have YOU join US.”. All the audiences laughed again, Johnny laughed with a red face.

Figure 2: On stage: Mr. Steve Reinhard, VP of Nanoco, conference co-chair Dr. Seth Coe-Sullivan, CTO and co-founder of QD Vision, and co-chair Dr. Johnny Steckel, lead technologies at Apple.

Nanoco Steve presentation

Photo by: Jennifer Colegrove, Touch Display Research

People in our quantum dot industry worked hard, and when we have a chance, we make a big laugh too.

More review of Quantum Dots Forum 2016 will be found in the Touch and Emerging Display monthly report.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team

Samsung announced Quantum Dot for its SUHD TV at CES 2016

Jan 5, 2016

Today, at Samsung’s press conference at CES 2016, Samsung announced its new flagship TV: quantum dot TV KS9500 series. Samsung claims, “Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs offer unparalleled picture quality with Quantum dot display, the world’s first bezel-less curved design…”

As we covered before, when Samsung unveiled its SUHD TV at CES last year, Samsung called it “nano-crystal” technology. Today, Samsung clearly said “quantum dot display” in its press release.

Figure. Samsung’s 2016 Quantum dot TV

Samsung SUHD TV CES 2016

Source: Samsung

Samsung manufactured the Cadmium-free quantum dot in house, while with license from Nanosys Inc.

In the “Quantum Dot Display and Lighting Technologies and Market Forecast 2015 Report” Second Edition, Touch Display Research forecasts that the quantum dot display and lighting component market will surpass $2 billion by 2016 and reach $10.6 billion by 2025. This report profiles over sixty companies working on quantum dot materials and quantum dot components.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team

 

AUO Quantum Dot TV Adopted 3M and Nanosys QDEF

September 1st, 2015

Today, 3M, Nanosys and AUO announced that AUO will commercialize quantum dot TV with 3M and Nanosys’ QDEF by end of this year.

Actually, I saw the AUO’s 85” quantum dot TV last week at Touch Taiwan and IDMC (International Display Manufacturing Conference) 2015 conference.  The 85” quantum dot TV won the Gold Panel Award at Touch Taiwan 2015 exhibition.

Figure 1: AUO’s 85” quantum dot TV won Gold Panel Award at Touch Taiwan 2015

AUO 85 QD TV with TDR

Photo by: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, Touch Display Research Inc.

The impact of this news is dramatic, since AUO is a panel supplier, they could sell the QD TV panel to any TV brands. This will accelerate the QD TV’s penetration.

In the recently published “Quantum dot display and lighting technologies and market forecast 2015 report”, second edition, Touch Display Research forecast that the quantum dot display and lighting component market will surpass $2 billion by 2016, and reach $10.6 billion by 2025. This report profiles over 60 companies working on quantum dot materials and quantum dot components.

Figure 2. Quantum Dot Display and Lighting component market forecast (2015 to 2025)

QD forecast 2015

Source: Touch Display Research, Quantum Dot Display and Lighting Technologies and Market Forecast 2015 Report

Quantum dot technology could improve Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) dramatically in terms of color gamut, color accuracy and reducing power consumption. This is one of the biggest breakthrough technologies for LCD in recent several years. We forecast quantum dot components will have a rapid penetration into displays and lighting from 2015 to 2025.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team

 

CES 2015: Quantum dots

Jan 5, 2015

Today at the CES 2015, Samsung and Nanosys just announced they have entered into a multi-year agreement that Samsung Electronics will adopt Nanosys’s quantum dot technologies. In the news release, both companies emphasize that include the cadmium-free quantum dots.

Besides Samsung’s quantum dot TV, we will also see LG’s quantum dot TV at CES 2015. LG is adopting Dow Chemical and Nanoco’s cadmium-free quantum dots. TCL will also showcase quantum dot TV at the show, which is using QD Vision’s quantum dot.

Touch Display Research forecast quantum dot will have rapid penetration into LCDs in the next several years.

We’ll make sure to compare and analyze all the quantum dot devices at CES 2015, in our upcoming, 2nd edition of the “Quantum dot display and lighting technology and market forecast”  2015 report.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team

SID 2014: quantum dot

Yesterday, we discussed this year SID DisplayWeek’s No. 1 trend: ITO-replacement.
Here we discuss about the No. 2 trend: quantum dot.
Over 10 companies showed quantum dot at SID 2014. Some are in the exhibition floor; some showed us through invitation-only meetings.
Touch Display Research was invited to Dow and Nanoco’s meeting in Marriott Marquis hotel on June 2, 2014. I had a chance to meet Mr. Lee, Director of Dow Electric Material. Dow has signed exclusive contract with Nanoco to mass produce its Cadmium-free quantum dot in 2012. Since 2012, Dow’s investment in engineering has further fine-tuned Nanoco’s Cd-free quantum dot technology.

Figure: Dow demo Cd-free quantum dot TV
Dow QD TV TDR
Source: Dow and Nanoco, photo by Touch Display Research, June 2014.

At SID 2014, 3M and Nanosys announced their QDEF design-win on ASUS’s notebook PC.
Quantum dot could improve Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) dramatically in terms of color gamut, color accuracy and reducing power consumption. This is one of the biggest breakthrough technologies for LCD in recent several years. Now quantum dot LCD is challenging AMOLED.
In Touch Display Research’s recently published “Quantum dot display and lighting technologies and market forecast” report, we surveyed many quantum dot suppliers and found that the quantum dot display component market already surpassed $70 million in 2013. Over 30 companies are working on quantum dot display. We forecast that the quantum dot display and lighting component market will expand to $508 million in 2014, and reach $9.6 billion by 2023.

Thanks for reading,
Jennifer and team

 

CES 2014 Hisense showcase quantum dot 4K TV

Jan 7, 2014

I’m at Las Vegas for CES 2014 currently. Yesterday is the press release day. Today is the first day of the exhibition.

Hisense showcased a quantum dot 4K TV. It’s 85″ with wide color gamut and good optical efficiency.  I had a chance to meet Mr. Qiao, Chief Technology Supervisor at Display department of Hisense. He said “Our quantum dot TV is ready for mass production this year if we receive order.”

Quantum dot could improve the color gamut, color accuracy and reduce power consumption of LCD. Nanosys, 3M, QD Vision are already mass producing quantum dot material and components.

Touch Display Research forecast quantum dot display and lighting component market will reach $9.6 Billion by 2023.

More analysis can be found in our Touch and Emerging Display monthly report.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team