Is Apple developing perovskite-enhanced QD-LED displays?

Quantum Dots are used today in the display industry to enhance the quality and efficiency of LCD-based displays, most notably in TVs (one example is Samsung's premium QLED TV range). While these are still LCD displays enhanced by QDs, quantum dots also have the larger potential to create truly emissive displays (QD-LED) which could compete with OLEDs and even surpass them in quality, efficiency and ease of production.

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Several companies (including Samsung, BOE, LG, CSoT and others) are indeed developing QD-LED displays (Samsung, interestingly, is preparing to kick-start hybrid QD-OLED TV pilot production next year). Apple is not left behind, and the company is already known to be looking into QD-LED technologies.

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Quantum Solutions demonstrated its perovskite QDs at Displayweek 2018

Saudi Arabia-based Quantum Solutions demonstrated its perovskite quantum dots (with a focus on its green-colored ones) at SID Displayweek 2018, in addition to its Lead-Sulfide (PbS) QDs.

Quantum Solutions says it uses a flow reactor to create uniform and high-quality QDs at high yields and minimal waste. The company also develops encapsulation technology to protect the perovskite QDs. Their current materials have a lifetime of around 8,000 hours.

Avantama demonstrates its perovskite QDs at SID Displayweek 2018

Switzerland-based Avantama demonstrated its perovskite quantum dots at Displayweek 2018. QDs are currently used as color down-conversion films to turn the emission of blue LEDs to white light.

Currently used QDs are either Cadmium-based or Indium-based, and Avantama claims that its pQDs outperform both technologies by a wide margin (3X CdSe, 12x InP), which means that using these will enable much more efficient QD-LCDs. Of course pQDs contain lead, but the amount is very small and it is way below the thresholds required by the EU and other countries.