Mobile BLU Report – Details

The backlight of an LCD display can represent 25% of the cost and it has a tremendous impact on the power consumption as well.  Display and mobile device makers are continually looking at ways to increase display performance but must be cognizant of the impact this may have on power draw and battery life in a mobile device.  The advanced materials, components, films and structures used in a the backlight are critical elements in these cost/performance design trade offs.  This report is intended to provide the analysis that display and device developers will need to make design, production and competitive decisions about components and suppliers.

This report covers the light management components for mobile displays. Components, performance, manufacturers, market sizing and forecasts are covered.  This study provides a comprehensive assessment of the market outlook, industry structure, technology trends and cost analyses for the mobile display backlight unit and key components including the light guide plate/ materials and light management films.  Most notably, the report also includes an extensive review quantum dot light management film technology, which is increasingly used to boost display system power efficiency and/or enhance color gamut.

Report Contents

The Mobile LCD Backlight Technology and Market Study report is organized into four sections:

  • Backlight Unit
  • Light Guide Plate Materials
  • Light Management Films
  • Quantum Dot Films

Each section is divided into three parts:

  • Market Forecasts: Prices, volumes, shares
  • Value Chain and Industry Structure
  • Technology Status and Trends

Who should buy this report?

  • Optical film manufacturers and marketers
  • Mobile backlight manufacturers
  • Mobile display manufacturers
  • Mobile device designers and specifiers

Companies covered in this report:

Over 40 supply chain companies in the mobile backlight value chain are profiled in this report.  An overview of each company as well as target applications, product portfolio, competitive advantages, and contact information will be provided. Their relationships with mobile display producers will also be described. An Appendix covers an analysis of 3M reflective ploarizer patents.

Report Authors

Both authors currently work full time doing consulting and developing display industry supply chain reports covering materials, manufacturing technology and intellectual property.

A 30+ year display industry veteran, one author was previously VP, Display Products at Optiva, and General Manager of LCD Displays for dpiX, A Xerox New Enterprises Company.  He has held a variety of marketing and sales management positions at DisplayTEK, Motorola Displays, IBM Instruments, and IBM.  Based in Silicon Valley, he has a MS in physical chemistry from Northwestern University, and an MBA in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago.  He has written many multi-client reports as well as technical papers in the fields of displays, spectroscopy, and quantum chemistry.

With over 25 years of experience in display and semiconductor manufacturing, at companies including Applied Materials, Philips, and Cambridge Display Technology, the second author  is based in Tokyo and Silicon Valley.  Fluent in the Japanese language, since 2011 he has lectured as an adjunct professor at Yamagata University’s Research Center for Organic Electronics (ROEL) in Japan. He has BS in physics from the University of California, Berkeley; and a MS in engineering management from Stanford University.

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