3M to Bring More Color to Consumer Electronic Devices

  3M to Bring More Color to Consumer Electronic Devices

       3M and Nanosys offer stunning visual enhancements to LCD devices

SID DisplayWeek 2013

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- May 21, 2013

3M announced today it is in the final stages of scale-up for its new 3M™
Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF). The new film allows up to 50 percent more
color than current levels in liquid crystal display (LCD) devices. 3M has
teamed with Nanosys, Inc., to produce the 3M QDEF solution specifically to
deliver more color, and to make devices such as smart phones, tablets and
televisions, lighter, brighter and more energy efficient.

Pictured: Comparison of LCDs without (left) and with (right) 3M's QDEF
solution. (Photo: 3M)

Pictured: Comparison of LCDs without (left) and with (right) 3M's QDEF
solution. (Photo: 3M)

Current LCDs typically are limited to displaying 35 percent or less of the
visible color spectrum. This means the viewing experience on an LCD can be
vastly different than what a person sees in the real world. Wide color gamut
displays will allow consumers to enjoy more visceral, more immersive and
truer-to-life color.

“One of the many advantages of the new 3M QDEF solution is the film’s ability
to deliver richly-saturated colors, while minimizing power consumption – a
difference you can clearly see,” said Ty Silberhorn, vice president and
general manager, 3M Optical Systems Division. “We will have qualification
material available to customers for design cycles starting late second quarter
this year.”

Over the years, 3M light management technologies have made LCDs thinner,
lighter and more energy efficient. Color performance of LCDs industry-wide has
gone largely unchanged until now. 3M research data shows that devices with 3M
QDEF-enabled wide color gamut will be noticeably different from other standard
LCD devices, prompting the human eye to dwell on the display longer than
less-saturated displays.

QDEF utilizes the light emitting properties of quantum dots to create an ideal
backlight for LCDs, which is one of the most critical factors in the color and
efficiency performance of LCDs. A quantum dot, which is 10,000 times narrower
than a human hair, can be tuned to emit light at very precise wavelengths.
This means display makers can create a highly-optimized backlight that only
produces the exact wavelengths of red, green and blue light needed by an LCD
for optimal color and energy performance. Trillions of these quantum dots
protected by barrier film fit inside an LCD backlight unit. The new film
replaces one already found inside LCD backlights, which means the
manufacturing process requires no new equipment or process changes for the LCD
manufacturer.

“Improving color performance for LCDs with simple, drop-in manufacturing
solutions will create a stunning new visual experience for consumers,” said
Jason Hartlove, president and CEO, Nanosys, Inc. “Working together with 3M and
utilizing their outstanding design and supply chain capabilities will allow
our quantum dot technology to be widely deployed across all product segments,
ensuring availability to all customers.”

Both 3M and Nanosys, Inc., will attend Society of Information Display’s
DisplayWeek, May 21 – 23, 2013, in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more
information: www.displayweek.org.

Note to Editors: Media interested in seeing the new 3M™ Quantum Dot
Enhancement Film (QDEF) firsthand during SID DisplayWeek should contact Stacey
Voorhees-Harmon at 926.336.9592 or via e-mail at
stacey@savvypublicrelartions.net. Additional photos are also available upon
request. Follow @ImmersedInColor on Twitter.

About Nanosys, Inc.

Nanosys, Inc., is an advanced material architect, harnessing the fundamental
properties of inorganic materials into process ready systems that can
integrate into existing manufacturing to produce vastly superior products in
lighting, electronic displays, and energy storage. For more information, visit
www.nanosysinc.com.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.
For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

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Contact:

3M Media Contact:
SAVVY Public Relations
Stacey Voorhees-Harmon, 925-336-9592
stacey@savvypublicrelations.net
or
Nanosys Media Contact:
Nanosys, Inc.
Jeff Yurek, 408-240-6745
jyurek@nanosysinc.com
 
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