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SID 2011 | Nanosys showcases QDEF display technology on iPad

The nanotech company demonstrates a new LCD technology that can express up to three times the color gamut of existing LCD types

The California-based nanotechnology company Nanosys has announced a new LCD technology called Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF) and took the opportunity to show the tech in action during this week’s SID 2011 event.

According to VentureBeat, The pioneering technology makes use of patented “quantum dot materials.” The finished design consists of a new layer of material which can then be placed on top on an LCD screen during manufacturing. Nanosys claims the unique technology can increase color gamut by as much as 3 times without increases in cost, size, or power consumption.

Almost all content available today has to be dialed down to match the limited capabilities of current displays, but with a QDEF enabled display developers and producers can create a photo-quality color experience for the user,” said Nanosys CEO Jason Hardlove. Current LCD technology can express only about 20 to 30 percent of perceivable colors, while QDEF screens can deliver over 60% of visible colors.

During the SID expo, the company demonstrated the technology by implementing a QDEF layer onto an iPad. The Nanosys screen, according to Engadget, will likely come first to an Android tablet as early as Q4 2011. Samsung and LG are seen as likely manufacturers and supporters of the QDEF technology. If mass marketed, the Nanosys technology will be facing up against traditional TFT and IPS displays in the LCD market.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-05-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)