QNED panels to be commercialized at least a year later than expected
Samsung Display has postponed the installation of a pilot line for its next-generation quantum dot nanorod LED (QNED) display panel, TheElec has learned.
The technology uses tick-shaped nanorod LEDs as the light source, with multiple units of them representing one pixel on a screen, and if commercialized, is expected to offer superior screens compared to OLED or MicroLED.
Nanrod LEDs are smaller than the LEDs used by Samsung Electronics for its MicroLED TV, which uses micrometer-sized LEDs as pixels.
Samsung Display originally planned to install the pilot line for QNED at its plant in Asan, South Korea by the first quarter of the year.
The company recently disbanded the team formed to install the pilot line with all the staff returning to their original posts, sources said.
Samsung Display is expected to redevelop core technologies related to QNED in its research lab.
The postponement means the display maker is expected to commercialize QNED displays at least a year later than it originally planned.
Samsung Display was expected to launch QNED display panels between 2024 to 2025 prior to the postponement.
The move will also likely negatively affect parent company Samsung Electronics’ premium TV lineup going forward.
The tech giant initially wanted to launch TVs that use QNED displays by around 2024 to 2025.
Samsung Display will also have to decide if it will spend more on quantum dot (QD)-OLED.
Samsung Electronics already planning to use QD-OLED for its TVs but the volume is still minimal. Samsung Display will need to spend more on building QD-OLED lines to increase supply.