Monthly Archives: February 2017

C3Nano raised $37 million—value in the ITO replacement

Feb 27, 2017

Recently, C3Nano just announced it has raised $15 million in equity financing, this brings their total equity financing to $37 million since its 2010 inception.

ITO (Indium Tin Oxide) used to be the main stream transparent conductive material for touch screens. However, in recently several years, other advanced transparent conductive materials, such as metal mesh, silver nanowire, carbon nano tube (CNT), conductive polymer, are replacing ITO.

In the recently published “ITO Replacement—Non-ITO Transparent Conductor Technologies, Supply Chain and Market Forecast 2017 Report,” Touch Display Research profiled over 300 companies and research institutes working on advanced transparent conductive (TC) materials.

Figure: ITO replacement 2017 report

ITO replacement 2017 cover1

Source: Touch Display Research Inc., ITO-replacement report, February 2017

Our survey found that the ITO-replacement industry had a shake out. Some suppliers ceased business or changed method. Some suppliers who had improved their quality and expanded to large sizes, are expanding to more markets. Touch Display Research forecasted that non-ITO transparent conductors will have rapid growth in the next several years.

The “ITO-replacement Technologies and Market Forecast 2017 Report” Seventh Edition is available immediately.

PowerPoint file >500 pages
Excel database Profiles >300 companies. 5 years history data: 2012- 2016 and 8 years forecasts from 2017 to 2024. Units, ASP, Revenue. List of all ITO-replacement devices and suppliers; comparisons of many metal mesh, many silver nanowire
Published time February, 13th,  2017
Price $5800 for company with <5 user. $6800 for company with 5 or more users
Bonus Client can have a 30-minute free phone call with the author: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, within 3 months of the purchase


Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

TCL quantum dot on chip

February 14, 2017

Quantum dot technology could improve Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) dramatically in terms of color gamut, color accuracy and reducing power consumption.

At CES 2017, I attended TCL’s press conference. TCL announced that “Coming soon, world’s slimmest QD curved TV 3.9mm”, and “TCL will release world’s first QD on LED-chip TV”. Those are very exciting news, but TCL didn’t say exactly when.

Figure 1: TCL CES 2017 press conference

TCL CES 2017 press QD with TDR

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

What other form factors could quantum dot be used? What are the Pros and Cons? Which form factor QD will be dominant in 2027?

Besides display, what other market will QD flourish in the next several years?

The answers are in the recently published “Quantum dot 2017 report”, 4th edition.

Figure 2. Quantum dot 2017 report

quantum dot 2017 cover

Source: Touch Display Research, 2017

Market data in the Quantum dot 2017 report includes 4 years history data (2013-2016) and 11 years forecast data (from 2017 to 2027).

Over 90 companies are profiled in the report. The market forecast includes Unit, quantum dot component ASP and Revenue, with a detailed breakdown by different form factors; and detailed breakdown by nine applications.

Report sample is available upon request. You can subscribe on our website: in the Market research report page or by email:

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

What our clients say

Your latest Quantum Dot report, we think yours is by far the most accurate by the way, others I’ve seen are not accurate even for their 2013 numbers!!”—a client of our Quantum Dot display and lighting report

“We like your monthly report. It’s like you are traveling for us to over 10 international conferences each year, and writing travel reports too. Since we are very busy every day with meetings and lab works, we can’t attend many conferences. Your monthly reports keep us updated with all the new trends.”– a client of the Touch and Emerging Display monthly report.

“Great report. It’s very thorough.”–a client of our ITO-replacement report

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About Touch Display Research Inc.

Touch Display Research, Inc. ( 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, pocket projectors, gesture controls, voice controls, and eye controls. Touch Display Research helps technology companies grow and connecting their technologies to the marketplace. We were the first company to publish Quantum Dot market reports, 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