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Nanosys Introduces Hyperion™ Quantum Dots to Unlock Displays Meeting BT.2020 Color with High Brightness and Power Efficiency

San Francisco, Calif., May 24, 2016 – Nanosys, Inc., today introduced Hyperion Quantum Dots, a new Quantum Dot material system that represents a significant development breakthrough in unlocking the market for displays meeting the BT.2020 UltraHD color standard. Hyperion Quantum Dots match the color performance of the industry’s best cadmium-based materials without requiring an exemption to the European Union’s Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. Hyperion Quantum Dots will be evaluated by select Nanosys QDEF manufacturing partners in the third quarter of 2016 with mass production of QDEF products using Hyperion Quantum Dots expected in early 2017.

Hyperion Quantum Dots integrate seamlessly into Nanosys’ current QDEF™ Quantum Dot enhancement film manufacturing process. Nanosys has demonstrated over 90% BT.2020 color gamut using Hyperion Quantum Dots in a sheet of QDEF with cadmium levels below the  100ppm limit established by the RoHS Directive, thereby eliminating the need for an exemption. This is accomplished by combining an entirely cadmium free red Quantum Dot with a green Quantum Dot engineered to have an exceptionally narrow emission spectrum and ultra-low cadmium content. 

“Display makers will finally have a long term RoHS compliant Quantum Dot solution for UltraHD BT.2020 color,” said Dr. Charlie Hotz, Vice President of Research and Development at Nanosys, “With Hyperion Quantum Dots, we can now offer no-compromise BT.2020 color with industry-leading brightness and power efficiency – and, just like our other Quantum Dot materials, we can tune Hyperion Quantum Dots to meet varying customer spectral demands.”

Hotz continued, “Nanosys is the only company in the world that has the diverse technical expertise required to create a product like this. We have a track record of innovating complete solutions from atomic-level materials design to mass production materials scale-up and film coating process development.”

Dr. Charlie Hotz will present a paper on Hyperion Quantum Dots on Thursday, May 26th at 9:00AM during the technical symposium at the Society of Information Display’s DisplayWeek tradeshow this week in San Francisco, CA. The company will also demonstrate the new materials at booth #1329. For more information:

About Nanosys
Nanosys, Inc. is the leader in developing and delivering state-of-the-art Quantum Dot technology to the display industry. Nanosys proprietary QDEF® technology, a key component of the Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV revolution, is enabling a new generation of displays using Quantum Dots to deliver vivid color, lifelike brightness and incredible power efficiency at a fraction of the cost of competing technologies. Industry leading consumer electronics brands have shipped award- winning devices from tablets to TVs based on Nanosys’ proprietary Quantum Dot technology.

Founded in 2001, the company is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California where it operates the world’s largest Quantum Dot nanomaterials fab with manufacturing capacity for over 25 tons of Quantum Dot materials per year. Nanosys currently owns or has exclusive license rights to more than 300 issued and pending patents worldwide. For more information, visit

QDEF and Nanosys are trademarks of Nanosys, Inc., registered in the United States and in other countries.

About the RoHS Directive
In 2003, the European Union issued a directive known as the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive that limits the levels of certain hazardous materials in electrical and electronic equipment. Cadmium is one of the regulated materials with a maximum allowable concentration of 100ppm in a specified component. Currently, there is an exemption to the RoHS Directive for cadmium based materials for use in displays because, until now, no practical alternative to cadmium based materials could match its performance in terms of color, brightness or power efficiency. That exemption is set to expire at the end of 2017, which had left many display makers wondering if they would be able to find a solution to continue offering BT.2020 color without cadmium.

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