Nanoco’s Brian Gally presents two TVs using the company’s quantum dot technologies.
Quantum dot technology has received a lot of ink from Samsung’s SUHD and QLED 4K Ultra HDTVs, as well as from competitive versions introduced several years ago by Sony in association with QD Vision followed later by Hisense, TCL and others.
The names behind these nano-particle sized dots that emit bright colored light in LED-backlit LCD TVs have thus far focused around Nanosys, QD Vision and Samsung, which has its own quantum dot properties in addition to working with others.
A lesser-known, though equally large player in the quantum dot field for large display devices is Nanoco Technology, which made its first formal appearance at CES 2017. Hardly a newcomer, Nanoco was among the first to develop environmentally friendly cadmium-free quantum dots for consumer television displays back in the mid-2000s.
Quietly, it has been supplying quantum dot solutions used as coatings for a sheet of film that is sandwiched into an LCD TV panel stack to help advanced LED LCD TVs produce a wide color gamut to go with the brightness boost needed for high dynamic range (HDR).
Nanoco, which is based in Manchester, England, has manufacturing operations in Runcorn. It has been setting the stage for the next evolution of LCD TV technology, and while Samsung — which recently acquired QD Vision, and holds a stake in Nanosys — appears to be quickly cornering the quantum dot television market, Nanoco is providing an alternative, which is already being used in televisions from TCL, Hisense and Philips (the latter under license to China-based TPV).
We caught up with Nanoco’s executive team at CES to find out when we can expect to see televisions in the U.S. market using their technologies. The following interview sheds some light on where quantum dot market is headed and how Nanoco is helping to shape it.
Read the interview after the jump: