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July 29, 2013
3M™ Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (3M QDEF) has the potential to express 50% more color in conventional displays—and offer consumers some stunning choices.
July 18, 2014
Now product developers can quantify perceptual quality improvements based on changes in display specifications.
December 09, 2013
3M scientists discovered an exception to a 200-year-old rule of optical physics, one that makes displays brighter and more efficient.
May 15, 2014
Consumer demand is pushing mobile device designers to find the sweet spot of brighter, lighter, and more powerful, with longer battery life.
September 15, 2015
Quantum dot technology greatly expands the range of colors in displays. But which metrics reliably reflect consumers’ viewing experiences?
May 17, 2013
If reading about the science of displays leaves you in the dark, no worries. Here’s your handy guide to BLUs, nits, q-dots, and moiré.
A tale of two applications. Images viewed sequentially and images viewed side‑by‑side.
Go inside a liquid crystal display; see how films and components work together to make a great LCD.
Backlight components, and how a device manipulates light to create a display.
Mirror, prism and reflective polarizer films combine inside a backlight to produce a bright display.
In-depth look at liquid crystal display components, the variety of options, and advantages of each.
Review of liquid crystal technologies vary from the simplest twisted nematic to in-plane switching.
How pixels, sub-pixels, LEDs and films work together to create a picture.
April 18, 2011
Learn how light is polarized (similar to a magnet) and passes through sub-pixels to form an image.
A look at touch technologies and why your device needs more light when you add a touch panel.
Backlight units (BLUs) use several components create a bright, lightweight, energy-efficient design.
Learn what factors reduce the amount of light a display emits and how to increase brightness.
Minimize optical artifacts, like moiré and sparkle, that have a negative impact on display quality.
Quantum dots are nano-sized capacitor dots that can efficiently deliver even the most saturated colors.
Combine the functions of various films to reduce thickness, streamline manufacturing and help reduce costs.
Each sub-pixel is quickly powered individually to deliver very high quality and high resolution.
Take a deeper dive into the panel that drives the picture.
Improve your display by learning the factors that can increase its quality and performance.
How to manage glare and other external factors that can adversely affect your display experience.
Get details on the several different touch technologies you can choose from.
Explore touch challenges like glove-wearing users, and capability for simultaneous multiple touches.
Learn how to achieve both great color and great efficiency without making traditional trade-offs.
Managing light is a key factor in designing a display. Learn more in this video about luminance.
See how the light from a row of LEDs can reach the farthest corners of a display.
How the right films help ensure that the viewing angle of your display meets consumer
Finding a black cat in a dark room: How your display’s contrast ratio can affect viewing enjoyment.
Learn how to manage artifacts such as mura, moiré, sparkle and glare that come with any screen.
As display resolutions go higher, some bright ideas on how to push more light through to the viewer.
Dropping a mobile device can result in optical artifacts the user can see—unless you add durability.
Consumers expect devices with long battery run times. Here’s how to get more out of every milliamp.
How can you design your device for the long term? Learn some options in this video segment.
TVs pose particular energy use and sustainability problems. Learn the issues and how to address them.
See how light is polarized and re-polarized to maximize the amount of light coming out of a display.
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