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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.

 

SID LA Chapter Conference is very successful

February 4, 2017

I just returned from the SID Los Angeles chapter’s 2017 one-day Conference, at the beautiful Costa Mesa Golf Course, in California.

Director of Quality Assurance at Samsung Electronic America, Mr. Gerard Catapano gave a speech about HDR (High Dynamic Range) : Cinema to TV conversion.

Figure: Samsung’s Mr. Gerard Catapano gave speech

Samsung 2017 SID LA

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

On behalf of Touch Display Research, I gave a presentation on OLED vs. Quantum dot market to 2027.

Figure: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove gave presentation

Jenny 2017 SID LA

Photo credit: Mr. Dennis Kim at Qualcomm

Professor Dr. Karlheinz Blankenbach from Pforzheim University gave a presentation about human vision and displays

Figure: Professor Dr. Karlheinz Blankenbach gave speech

Professor Blankenbach

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

This conference also have many exhibitors. More analysis and review of SID LA chapter 2017 Conference can be found in the “Touch and Emerging Display” monthly report.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

CES 2017: the battle between OLED and Quantum Dot

Jan 17th, 2017, by Touch Display Research

At CES 2017, the battle between OLED display and Quantum Dot display is heating up.

Figure: CES 2017

Samsung QLED TV CES 2017 sign

Photo source: Jennifer Colegrove

Samsung, TCL, Hisense are geared up of new TVs with quantum dot technologies in them.

LG, Sony, Skyworth are showing more and larger OLED TVs.

There also comes Nano Cell and Nano Color.

Who will won this battle? Which company will benefit? Why did Samsung acquire QD Vision? What is the new form factors of quantum dot? What are the new directions of OLED?

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, CEO and Principal Analyst at Touch Display Research will give a presentation about OLED vs Quantum Dot market to 2027 at the one-day conference (Feb 3, 2017) hosted by the SID Los Angeles chapter in Costa Mesa, California, and will visit companies in the area.

Society for Information Display Los Angeles Chapter 2017 one-day conference, will be held at Costa Meda, California on February 3rd, 2017. It’s a One-Day Focused Technical and Business Conference. LA Chapter director: Larry Tannas. Chapter Chairman: Larry Iboshi.  Location: Costa Mesa Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa CA 92626. February 3, 2017 8AM-4:00PM. The conference website is: http://www.sid.org/Chapters/Americas/LosAngelesChapter/Symposium.aspx

Hope to see you at the conference.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

Why Samsung wants to acquire QD Vision

By Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D., November 30, 2016,

Recently, Korea media reported that Samsung confirmed that it is acquiring QD Vision. The confirmation comes from the head of Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology Jung Chil-hee. There is no words about the financial detail, but rumors hold Samsung will pay about $70 million.

Touch Display Research believes quantum dot technology is one of the biggest breakthrough technologies for LCD in recent several years. Now quantum dot LCD is challenging AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode).

The number of companies working on quantum dot has increase from 60 in 2015 to over 80 in 2016.

Figure 1: Quantum dot companies by technologies

quantum-dot-companies-table-2016

Source: Quantum dot technologies and market forecast 2016 report, Touch Display Research

Touch Display Research forecasts the overall quantum dot display component and lighting and QLED (quantum light emitting diode) market will surpass $2 billion by 2017, and reach $10.8 billion by 2026.

Figure 3. Quantum dot display and lighting component market forecast to 2026

quantum dot forecast 2016

Source: Quantum dot technologies and market forecast 2016 report, Touch Display Research Inc.

More analysis can be found in the “Quantum dot 2016 report” and the “Touch and Emerging Display monthly report”.

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 an independent technology market research and consulting firm specializing in touch screen and emerging display technologies such as OLED displays, OLED lighting, flexible displays, e-paper displays, ITO-replacement, Active pen, 3D displays, near-eye displays, pocket projectors, quantum dots, gesture controls, voice controls, and eye controls. Touch Display Research provides standard reports, consulting projects, and due diligence for touch suppliers, display manufacturers, consumer electronics ODMs/OEMs, material suppliers, investor companies, venture capitalists, and companies who are merging or acquiring companies in the touch screen, display, and materials industry. We are member of Flextech Alliance, SEMI and SID.

Quantum dots shine at IFA 2016

September 2, 2016

Today is the first day of IFA 2016 exhibition taking place in Berlin.  Samsung created a stunning booth with Quantum Dot (QD) technology based on dozens of SUHD TVs.

Figure: Samsung booth with QD TVs at IFA 2016

Samsung 2016 IFA booth

Photo source: Samsung

At the Samsung’s press conference yesterday, Samsung announced their new 19 models of Quantum Dot SUHD TVs—the broadest SUHD lineup Europe has ever seen. Samsung also unveiled the world’s first curved Quantum Dot PC monitors available in 24 inches and 27 inches.

At the Samsung’s press conference, Mr. Jason Hartlove, President & CEO of Nanosys joined Samsung’s Video Display Europe Vice President Mr. Michael Zoeller on stage as a guest speaker. Mr. Hartlove revealed Quantum dot is among the most stable and reliable display materials available anywhere on the planet, enabling superior performance and more environmentally-friendly displays with an extraordinary lifespan. Such is the company’s confidence in the reliability of Quantum dot, Samsung announced a new 10-year warranty for its SUHD TVs with Quantum dot display, protecting consumers against the effects of burn-in for an entire decade.

Figure 2. Samsung and Nanosys at the press conference stage

Samsung IFA 2016 Jason

Photo source: Nanosys

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

 

 

CNBC article: Apple and Samsung probably need each other — these curved screens show why

August 30, 2016

Here is a nice article written by Anita Balakrishnan from CNBC on August, 25th,  2016.

CNBC logo

Touch Display Research is quoted in the article regarding OLED displays, Apple and Samsung.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove 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

 

International Workshop on Flexible & Printable Electronics (IWFPE) 2015 Review

November 7, 2015

I just came back from the International Workshop on Flexible & Printable Electronics (IWFPE 2015), at Jeonju, South Korea. It’s a very successful conference with about 500 attendees.  It’s my honor to meet some of you in person.

Professor Jin Jang at Kyung Hee University is the chairman of the IWFPE organizing committee. He gave the opening remarks, “This is the 7th International Workshop on Flexible & Printable Electronics. The three-day technical program will provide an excellent opportunity to exchange the latest information and new trends of flexible display, OLED, lighting and printable electronics.”

Figure: Professor Jin Jang gave opening remarks at 2015 IWFPE

IWFPE Jin Jang welcome

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

Samsung’s Dr. Sanyoon Lee gave a keynote presentation titled “The future prospect and challenges of printed electronics”. He discussed the outlook of printed electronics and ongoing projects supported by Korean government.

Figure: Dr. Sanyoon Lee from Samsung gave keynote presentation

IWFPE Samsung Keynote

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

On behalf of Touch Display Research, I gave a presentation on flexible display and flexible touch: technologies and market forecast.

Figure: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove from Touch Display Research presenting

IWFPE Jenny speek

Photo by: Mr. Su at Evonik.

This international workshop is also a very good networking opportunity with science professionals, experts and business partners from worldwide.

Figure: (left) IWFPE Banquet, (right) Professor Jin Jang and Dr. Jennifer Colegrove

IWFPE banquetJin Jang and Jenny best

More analysis and review of the 2015 IWFPE can be found in the “Touch and Emerging Display” November monthly report.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team

 

SID 2015 advanced and comprehensive exhibitor: BOE

June 8, 2015

SID 2015 DisplayWeek was held in San Jose, California last week. We blogged about the SID Monday Seminar last week.

Here is the summary of exhibitions at SID 2015. This year there were about 195 exhibitors at the show floor. After visit the whole exhibitions for 3 days, my conclusion is that this year one of the most advanced and comprehensive exhibitor is BOE.  BOE not only demoed a 10K LCD, (see picture here), but also showed metal mesh touch screen, AMOLED display, quantum dot display and more.

Figure: BOE 82 inch 10K display at SID 2015 DisplayWeek.

BOE 10K TDR

Photo by: Touch Display Research Inc.

The interesting thing is that Samsung is no-show at this year’s SID. In the past several years, Samsung had always put together one of the most splendid booth and showcase the “world’s first”, or “world’s largest”, or the “world’s most advanced” at SID. But at this year’s SID, Samsung completely no show, no paper.  It seems Samsung is following Apple’s example: no show, no paper at SID.

Figure: Samsung’s booth at last year’s SID 2014 DisplayWeek.

Samsung OLED sid14

Photo by: Touch Display Research Inc.

More analysis about BOE, Samsung, Apple, OLED, quantum dot, metal mesh, and silver nanowire will be in the “Touch and Emerging Display monthly report”, June 2015 issue.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team

TDR accurately forecasted 4K OLED TV available time

April 16, 2015

LG has been demonstrating its 65” 4K OLED TV since CES 2014 and had road tour promotions since October 2014 in many cities worldwide. However, it is until Q1 2015, the LG 65” 4K OLED TV is available in the US market. The 65” 4K OLED TV 65EG9600 is selling for $9000 currently. Another similar model is selling for $12000 currently. LG’s website also indicated the 77” 4K OLED TV is coming soon.

Figure: LG 65” 4K OLED TV

LG 4K oLED girl

Source: LG

Over two years ago, on Jan 25, 2013 press release, we announced that “Touch Display Research forecast Ultra HD (4K) resolution AMOLED TV will be on the market by 2015”. “Although AMOLED with FHD resolution is available currently, 4K is considered the high end for TV resolution, even though 4K content is still limited,” said Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, President and analyst at Touch Display Research. “56-inch 4K resolution is just 79 ppi (pixel per inch), which is easily achievable. The challenges are how to increase yield, have good uniformity, have long lifetime, and reduce the manufacturing cost.”

Now with LG’s 65” 4K OLED TV commercially available, our forecast becomes reality in 2 years.

Figure: We accurately forecasted 4K OLED TV available time

we accuratly forecast 4K OLED TV

Source: Touch Display Research Inc. April 2015

Over a year ago, in the “Touch and Emerging Display report”, June 2013 issue, page 45, we forecasted “Apple will adopt AMOLED within 18 months”.

Now with the Apple Watch announced, our forecast becomes reality in 18 months.

Touch Display Research has a good reputation of accurate forecast. In January 2013, Touch Display Research gave a presentation at the SID Bay Area one-day conference, we forecasted “Samsung will release curved AMOLED on a device that is larger than 5” by end of 2013.” (SID Information Display chief editor Stephen Atwood wrote about our forecast in his article in Information Display Journal March 2013 issue.)

In October 2013, Samsung announced the Galaxy Round with curved AMOLED display. One month later, LG also announced the G Flex. Our forecast became reality in 9 months.

Sorry about tooting our own horn, but these are the facts. We are good at OLED forecast.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team