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
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