Quantum Materials Ships Quantum Dot Sample Sets
Quantum Materials Corp announced that it is shipping high performance red and green cadmium-free quantum dot sample sets to display film manufacturers.
By: Display Daily
December 8th, 2016
In my last couple of Display Dailies, I've written about the rapidly evolving world of quantum-dot suppliers. This is another one. No apologies for that. There's a lot to write about.
Let's step back a bit. Not very long ago, only two companies -- Nanosys (Milpitas,California) and QD Vision (Lexington, Massachusetts) -- were producing quantum dots for television backlights. Nanosys dots were sold to partner 3M, who embedded them in Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF). QD Vision incorporated its dots into its own Color IQ linear optical element.
In the background were Nanoco (Manchester, UK) and Quantum Materials Corporation (San Marcos, Texas), two companies that seemed to be in permanent "development stage."
Then, things started changing.
The large-screen TV market moved rapidly to full-matrix direct backlights, which favor QDEF-like film solutions over linear elements, and QD Vision found itself in trouble. (In late November, Samsung confirmed that it had acquired QD Vision for a reported $70 million, most likely to acquire the IP for QLED technology, which could be the technology that replaces large-screen OLED.*)
As reported here, Nanoco announced a major licensing deal with display materials giant Merck. Merck/EMD confirmed the deal and its enthusiasm for it. Robert Miller of Merck subsidiary EMD Performance Materials (Billerica, Massachusetts) told us that the technology transfer would be completed by the end of this year. (EMD Confirms Nanoco Quantum Dot Technology Transfer on Fast Track)
Here are additional details from Miller, which have not been reported previously : "At the same time our engineering department will present possible production concepts (end 2016). Then, the decision will be made where and how to establish QD production and what the time schedule looks like (January-February). Depending on the location, the chosen production concept, the required government approvals, the existing infrastructure, availability/acquisition of process equipment, internal experience/knowledge base, etc., it will then take at least 6 months to dedicate the facility [which could occur as early as] 3rd quarter, 2017."
And that left Sri Peruvemba, the new CEO of Quantum Materials Corp. (QMC) saying, rather apologetically, that good things were happening but he couldn't talk about them yet. Now he can.
At the end of November, QMC announced that it is shipping high performance red and green cadmium-free quantum dot (CFQD) sample sets to display film manufacturers. “Demand for quantum dot-enabled TVs and displays is growing rapidly,” said Peruvemba. “Our materials, combined with the efficiency and scalability of our continuous-flow production technology, makes us uniquely situated to meet the demand, regardless of how fast it grows.”