Nanotechnology investor Nanostart (OTCQX:NASRY) said Thursday that US-based portfolio company, Nanosys, an electronic materials architect, has made its LCD technology, dubbed Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QEDF), available to display makers.
"We believe colour will be a significant differentiator for early adopters of quantum dot technology and QDEF will give display makers a competitive edge by providing consumers with a colour quality experience they have only seen in movie theatres and professionally printed photos,” said president and CEO of Nanosys, Jason Hartlove.
The technology will make colours red and green more vibrant and visceral, allowing device designers to increase colour gamut by as much as three times.
Currently, present generation displays in smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs are able only to express between 20% to 35% of the colours the human eye can see. The QEDF is the first time quantum dot technology has been made available in an optical film, and will be scalable to fit any size including large TVs.
The company said that QDEF displays will be able to deliver over 60% of visible colours.
The technology will be process-ready, so display makers can integrate QDEF into their existing manufacturing operations, without having to retool an existing line.
Nanosys engineered QDEF through its patented quantum dot materials, which create an improved quality white light with a wide-gamut of hues when triggered by an energy efficient blue LED, resulting in better picture quality and less power consumption than when using white LEDs.
Last year, Nanosys commercialized its quantum dot technology with the QuantumRail, a component used for smaller format LCDs. The company said it plans to expand its manufacturing base as it continues to commercialize its energy storage technology.
Frankfurt-based Nanostart provides venture capital financing for nanotechnology companies in various growth phases, with a focus on sectors such as cleantech, life sciences and IT/electronics. Through its subsidiary and venture capital fund in Singapore, Nanostart is also partnered with the Singaporean government.