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Look inside the brightest source of display enhancement innovations.

Learn how 3M Display Solutions work, and how they help you create more jaw-dropping TVs and mobile devices.


About 3M Display Solutions

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    Hundreds of millions of people across the globe look at 3M Display Solutions every day, and never see them. That’s because our amazing, micro-thin films and optically clear adhesives are embedded inside displays, making them brighter, more colorful, and more energy efficient for all kinds of devices, from the biggest flatscreen TVs to the thinnest smartphones.

    3M leads the industry in creating these boundary-pushing films that optimize light and advance the performance of displays. Films covered with millions of prisms, less than 100 µm thick. Or populated with molecule-sized quantum dots that greatly expand the color performance of a display. It’s extraordinary technology that sometimes rewrites fundamental concepts of light physics. And it’s 3M science applied to making life more informed, entertaining, and creative for nearly everyone on the planet.

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    History of 3M Display Solutions

      1971: The first twisted nematic (TN) liquid crystal displays (LCDs) are developed. Aside from digital display applications such as wristwatches and calculators, LCDs didn’t find mainstream applications until the introduction of notebook PCs in the early 1990s.

      1991: 3M™ Brightness Enhancement Film (3M BEF) is introduced, making LCDs significantly brighter while extending notebook PC battery life from roughly 30–40 minutes to more than one hour. 3M BEF helped make notebook PCs more useable—and establish LCDs as a mainstream display technology.

      1999: 3M™ Dual Brightness Enhancement Film (3M DBEF) introduced. The world’s first reflecting polarizer, 3M DBEF enables larger format displays for use in LCD desktop computer monitors.

      2001: 3M DBEF-D developed for LCD monitors.

      2006: 3M DBEF-D introduced for LCD TVs. It enabled form factor expansion for LCD TVs, along with light and power efficiency, thermal management, and cost reduction.

      2007: 3M™ Advanced Polarizer Film (3M APF) introduced. It’s a reflective polarizer that’s applied directly to the LCD panel, opening the door for the thinnest, brightest mobile displays with the longest battery life.

      2009: 3M DBEF for LED TVs helps drive the transition to LED-backlit TVs that are thinner, lighter, and brighter.

      2012: 3M’s “3-2-1-0” innovations allow for maximum system integration by reducing the number of backlight films, while improving performance.

      2013: 3M™ Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (3M QDEF) dramatically expands the range of colors an LCD display can deliver—without limiting design flexibility or adversely affecting the display manufacturing process.

      2014: 3M™ Advanced Structured Optical Composite used in devices.

      2015: 3M™ Brilliance Enhanced Specular Reflector mirror film introduced and drives even brighter displays.

      2016: 3M™ Advanced Polarizer Film – Quarter Wave Plate (APF-QWP) introduced and maximizes light for use even in bright sunlight.

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    Work at 3M

      We are an expert group of scientists, engineers, and inspired inventors constantly exploring imagination and pushing the boundaries of technology. We are a team that collaborates with each other, and customers across the globe, to invent the future. And we are people whose belief in wonder and magic keeps the spirit of curiosity alive throughout everything we do.

      So—wouldn’t you love to work with us?

      Join a team that never stops inventing new ways to bring the future to light. Join the 3M Display Materials and Systems Division (DMSD) and put your imagination and expertise to work.

      We're always looking for the best and brightest in these disciplines:

      • Optical Engineers
      • Electronics / Electrical Engineers
      • Chemists
      • Materials Scientists
      • Physicists
      • Administrators/Management
      • Marketers

      To explore opportunities with 3M DMSD, contact us online and we’ll get back to you within a few business days.

Free app: Configure your ideal film stack

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    How bright and thin can you make a smartphone display? Now you can find out! Download the free 3M Display Solutions Max Design app and start exploring what you can achieve by configuring different film stacks. App runs on Apple iOS (iPad and iPhone) only.

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