First test fire of Falcon Heavy in December, launch slipped to January 2018

Largest SpaceX rocket will reach space not in 2017 as it was planned, but not earlier then in January 2018.

According to latest news given to public on last Tuesday by Aviation Week and Space Technology first flight was moved in time from the end of December to January 2018. SpaceX still suffers for delays with their triple-booster Falcon rocket, but fortunately managed to already schedule first test fire. It will tool place in December 2017 at LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center.

It will be first time when 27 Merlin-1D engines will be ignited simultaneously; after test fire only weeks will separate us form first launch of Falcon Heavy. It’s first mission is not covering delivering any payload to orbit and SpaceX still keeps flight plan of maiden flight

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From Palm Fronds to Wind-Free™ Technology

The history of trying to keep cool in extreme temperatures is a long an interesting one – from slaves cooling royalty with palm fronds, to the latest digital air solutions which feature Wind-Free™ technology.

Modern air conditioning relies on the process of evaporation to cool and humidify the air at the same time. While this concept is constantly being improved upon, its roots extend back to ancient *Egypt, where reeds were hung in windows and moistened with trickling water. When wind blew through the window, the water evaporated and helped to bring down the searing Saharan heat. Later, in ancient Rome, water from aqueducts were circulated through the walls of some homes to cool them. In medieval Persia cisterns and wind towers were used to cool buildings during the hot season.

The first air conditioner resembling the system we know today was installed in a home in the United States of America in 1914. Inventors’ understanding of scientific principles had grown in leaps and bounds between ancient Egypt and early 20th century US. The principle of evaporation remained intact, but the process was now achieved by driving air through water-cooled coils.

A little over a century after this invention, air conditioners are widely in use across the globe, in homes, businesses and cars. Most of the air conditioning systems in use today still rely on these methods.

Samsung’s new Wind-Free™ Cooling technology represents a revolutionary shift in the way air conditioners work to make our lives more bearable. It has been designed to optimise airflow to bring new levels of comfort to our daily climate control requirements. Samsung’s new air conditioners, which feature Wind-Free™ Cooling technology provides consistent temperatures without directly blasting users with air or creating unpleasant cold spots, offering value that you can feel at home and on your electric bill.

“Samsung uses its global network and innovation to create positive change for people across the world. We use design and innovation to provide people with new experiences and aspirational products such as Wind-Free™ technology,” says Mike van Lier, Samsung Director Consumer Electronics.

In its vision of Wind-Free™ Cooling technology, Samsung aimed to create an air conditioning system that does not rely on strong blasts to cool a whole room. This required new ways of thinking about how the appliance vented air and regulated the strength of its breeze. The result: an air conditioning system that maintains consistent and ideal temperatures that keep them comfortable all day and all night, while also keeping its cool with the environment through a serious cut in energy expenditure.

* Bahadori, M. N. (1978). Passive cooling systems in Iranian architecture. Scientific American, 238(2), 144-155.

Source:South Africa Newsroom

Intelsat General and General Atomics Demonstrate HTS Beam Switching Capabilities

Beam switchingAs unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are used more widely for military and civil missions, the UAS communications infrastructure must keep up with the technological advances in the satellite industry to ensure the highest performance possible.

Unlike conventional satellites, which use a single wide beam to cover geographic areas thousands of miles wide, Intelsat’s EpicNG platform uses multiple spot beams, each covering approximately a 700-mile radius. This multiple spot beam design is inherent in high-throughput satellites (HTS) and allows for the use of much smaller ground antennas. The HTS technology also delivers higher performance from existing antennas, and enhances security on the satellite compared to traditional wide-beam designs.

“Users aren’t required to go back to one particular spot beam—a gateway,” Intelsat General Corp. President Skot Butler explained to UAS Magazine. “They can actually connect from any one of those spot beams to any other spot beam. They have the flexibility to go from anywhere to anywhere.”

Butler also spoke to Space News about the beam-switching tests. Signals in spot beams are more difficult to jam and interference can be worked around more easily, Butler said. Whether it’s intentional jamming or accidental interference, he noted, the satellite’s digital payload can disconnect the uplink from the downlink and assign new frequencies and a new link to the UAV to reestablish the connection.

In order to benefit from the anti-interference capabilities and improved security of HTS, military and civilian organizations need assurance that UAS can switch beams seamlessly while in flight without losing contact. To that end, Intelsat General joined up with GA-ASI to test the beam switching capabilities of a Block 5 Predator B/MQ-9 communicating with the Intelsat 29e satellite.

“We’d been endeavoring for quite some time to get an opportunity to demonstrate the capability of the unmanned aircraft to switch between beams on one of the new Intelsat EpicNG satellites,” Butler told Space News.

Military and Defense Department personnel observed the tests, which were performed out of GA-ASI’s flight test facility adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. The UAS flew 1,075 nautical miles round trip to enable it to switch between two spot beams on the Intelsat 29e satellite. “We made sure it would fly far enough that it would have to switch beams multiple times,” Butler said.

Command-and-control of the UAS as well as sensor data transmissions from the aircraft were successfully switched between the two beams. The results, verified by General Atomics, demonstrate a path forward for deployed Reaper and Predator UAS to fly confidently on Intelsat EpicNG and realize the additional benefits of higher throughput capabilities.

“This higher power essentially allows for smaller antennas or, for existing antenna, allows for higher throughput in terms of data speeds, both to and from the antenna,” Butler told UAS Magazine. “We’re talking multiples of throughput compared to what could be done before.”

The Intelsat EpicNG network can provide government and military users between 200 and 300 percent more throughput than existing wideband satellites, which comprise the U.S. government’s own Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation.

There are currently five Intelsat EpicNG satellites in orbit, four of which are currently in service. IS-37e was launched in October, and is scheduled to complete testing and enter service in early 2018. We’re excited to see what new UAS use cases are enabled as a result of these now proven beam switching capabilities.

GBDX Notebooks and Amazon SageMaker for systematic mining of geospatial data

DigitalGlobe’s 100-plus petabyte archive of high-resolution imagery is a rich source of information about our changing planet. But to fully explore and mine those riches, requires an efficient way to manage and analyze all the data. We set out to find a solution.

Our first step to unlock the power of the DigitalGlobe image library was to load our data on to Amazon Web Services (AWS), a compute-friendly environment that manages data efficiently and enables analysis at scale. The culmination of our efforts was the launch of our Geospatial Big Data platform called GBDX, a horizontally scalable compute environment for analyzing satellite imagery. But even with a great compute environment and a growing set of analytical methods and algorithms, truly harnessing our data takes a lot of work. This is where machine learning becomes critical—to analyze vast amounts of data and extract meaningful intelligence quickly and efficiently.

Orchestrating a robust machine learning platform can be challenging, even for a data-centric company like DigitalGlobe. That’s why we turned to Amazon SageMaker, which helped by fluidly packaging training data access, a training service and a model-hosting service. With these powerful services available in the same compute environment as our data, doors opened for moving fast and innovating.

We knew the linchpin to successfully generating high-quality results from a machine learning initiative would require investing in solid training data.

To provide a foundation for creating training data, the GBDX team built a new data access pattern for DigitalGlobe imagery called RDA (Raster Data Access). Satellite imagery is heavy data. A single strip of imagery can be 20 GBs and 40 GBs after pansharpening. Moving around chunks of data that big can be time-consuming and expensive. To make satellite imagery data more consumable, RDA breaks these big strips into small chips of imagery with relevant data at a size that can be streamed and used more efficiently.

Imagery chips are also a great substrate for creating training data. We can dynamically generate small chips of imagery with labeled GeoJSON vectors of the objects we’d like to detect with an inference algorithm. The image below highlights a few examples of satellite imagery training data: docked ships (green), ships underway (blue) and airplanes (red).

A few examples of satellite imagery training data: docked ships (green), ships underway (blue) and airplanes (red)

Unlike standard photographs, satellite imagery requires a decent amount of sophisticated post processing to be visually appealing and useful for analysis. The need to implement remote sensing techniques like orthorectification, pansharpening and atmospheric compensation can scare off many potential data scientists.

Examples of remote sensing techniques

RDA dynamically performs these processing steps on the fly to deliver to users the specific image product needed. We do this by trading storage for compute in AWS. From a machine learning perspective, this rocks because we can combine SageMaker and RDA to dynamically fetch imagery into a model training environment. This means we now have access a far more varied and vast corpus of data to build better models.

We’re excited to be able to leverage SageMaker in the context of a dynamic training data environment. This provides the potential for DigitalGlobe to systematically extract intelligence from our imagery. We love to see virtuous loops in machine learning and now all of those ingredients are in place.

Virtuous loops in machine learning

Using SageMaker’s training and model hosting service we can programmatically find objects of interest in our imagery, and use the verified and validated results to enhance our training data. This means our inference of the next satellite collect gets subsequently better over time. We can look at this from an architecture perspective by breaking the process into exploration of imagery, orchestration of training and models and the consumption of results.

Explore-Orchestrate-Consume architecture

The resulting well-tuned models can then help us scrub across our 100-petabyte archive of data to find interesting data and put current results in historical context. We can see this in action in the example below, applying a building detection model created with SageMaker to a current satellite image of Las Vegas. We then replicate the analysis across seven years and 300 images to put the result in context.

Las Vegas example of applying building detection with Amazon SageMaker

Las Vegas example of applying Amazon SageMaker part 2

Since the hosted SageMaker models scale fluidly, we can provide an interactive user experience in GBDX Notebooks for customers looking to perform a variety of object detections and segmentations. And there are many more uses we’ve yet to discover. In what other ways can SageMaker empower our customers to answer new and timely questions with satellite imagery? Our exploration continues.

Be among the first to test-drive GBDX Notebooks today.

Samsung Will Announce Renewable Energy Strategy and Target

At Samsung Electronics, we take our environmental responsibilities extremely seriously and know that reducing our impact on the environment is critical for all of our futures.

As part of our commitment to minimizing our environmental impact, we have been actively investigating a range of measures to increase our use of renewable energy and plan to announce a specific renewable energy strategy with measurable targets by August 2018.

Samsung Electronics Recognized in Vietnam as One of the Best Enterprises for Employees

In operation since April 2009, Samsung Electronics in Vietnam has more than 100,000 employees working across its manufacturing facilities in the Yen Phong Industrial Zone in Bac Ninh Province (Samsung Electronics Vietnam; SEV) and Pho Yen District in Thai Nguyen Province (Samsung Electronics Vietnam – Thai Nguyen; SEVT).

This year, both SEV and SEVT made Vietnam’s “Enterprises for Laborers (Doanh nghiệp vì người lao động) 2017” list, which honored 74 companies across Vietnam that strived to achieve sustainable development by providing a positive work environment for their employees. Both entities were also among the top 30 companies that were awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL) for their outstanding achievement.

The “Enterprises for Laborers” rating is based on a specific set of criteria developed by labor and trade experts. The criteria ensure a close reflection of the actual use and treatment of employees in the company in a wide range of standards from vocational training to mental well-being. Special priority is given to enterprises that have better welfare for employees and implementation of laws in place. The listed companies are also consulted on various aspects with the Vietnamese Ministry of Labor – Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).

The Certificate of Merit is awarded to companies that achieved outstanding results in taking care of the well-being of their employees, in addition to protecting their legitimate rights and interests. The awardees, including SEV and SEVT, were recognized as companies that exemplify their belief that humans are the core value and the driving force for the development of enterprises.

Recognized for Professional and Healthy Environment for Employees

In the awards ceremony held in Hanoi on November 29, 2017, the representatives of SEV and SEVT were given the Certificate of Merit and its trophy by Madam Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, Vice President of Vietnam and Mr. Tran Thanh Man, Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front.

Samsung in Vietnam provides a professional and healthy environment for its employees that ensures their well-being. Among the various benefits SEV provides for employees, the company was in particular recognized for its maternity support, including special treatment for pregnant employees. The company also provides modern housing and amenities, which includes a dormitory that comes with cinema, welfare rooms, a supermarket, a hair salon, a yoga room and a gym.

SEVT, a company with more than 68,000 employees, also has systems in place to make their employees’ lives easier, such as 550 high-quality vehicles that pick-up employees daily from the neighboring provinces. Like SEV, employees are provided with an excellent living experience with a dormitory of 26 buildings which accommodates more than 22,000 employees and is equipped with quality amenities.

Samsung, as it continues its operations in Vietnam, will remain committed to ensuring the well-being of its employees there, as well as identifying new avenues for their growth and training, and job satisfaction.

In Vietnam, the “Enterprises for Laborers” ranking is announced every year under the goal of creating a broader movement of encouraging businesses to care more about human resources, development of enterprises and communities. Organized by Lao Dong Newspaper since 2014, the list is initiated by VGCL in cooperation with MOLISA and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).

[Editorial] Arts for All: Choreographer Marc Brew on Inclusive Arts

Having secured funding from Creative Scotland to partner with the British Council in Korea to be part of the British Council’s UK/Korea 2017-18 programme, I, my producer and support travelled to Seoul to begin collaborating with South Korean choreographer/dancer Bora Kim and other artists to start work on a full-length show to be presented at ARKO Arts Theatre in Seoul, March 17-18, 2018, based on the theme of Restriction, Body and Time.

Co-creators Marc Brew and Giselle Calazans performing in Uchronia, at the Liberty Festival, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, in 2016

It was really exciting landing in Seoul airport and seeing the mascots for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympics as this performance will be one of the closing performances of UK/Korea 2017-18 in association with the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Cultural Olympiad program.

We visited Seoul from the 25th September – 1st October, arriving after an overnight flight to meet with the team and talk about how the project would develop. The team is made up of UK and Korean artists, with the UK team including composer Angus MacRae and audio describer Emma Jane McHenry.

Audio description is a new thing for South Korea, so we will be working closely with the British Council to try to secure the technology to allow this to happen. We are very excited about the proposed support from Samsung Electronics, who have offered VR (Virtual Reality) headsets with a specialised application called Relumino that enhances the visual experience of watching a show for people with visual impairments. We will also offer an access tour an hour before the show to allow audiences a close-up experience to get a sense of the costumes, props, lighting and movement qualities of the performers and to learn a bit more about the production. We always aim to make our work as accessible as possible for audiences with disabilities.

We had a day off on Tuesday, as there was no rehearsal space available, so had the chance to explore Seoul finding out a bit more about its rich history and culture.

Bora Kim and I began work in the studio the next day. After an initial discussion about our normal working practices, we decided to wipe the slate clean and explore new ways of creating. Bora came up with the idea of asking each other questions that we weren’t allowed to answer, then choosing three questions to answer, and building stories about each other, before exploring these ideas in our own bodies. Throughout the week, we started to develop and understanding of each other’s movement styles and sense of humour.

I felt there was an honest exchange, respect and interest in what we could learn and share from each other that really excited me. The artistic quality of work in the contemporary dance sector in Korea is high and there is a real curiosity in the field around dance, identity and disability.

Brew in his solo performance piece, For Now, I am…

Thanks to Korea Disability Arts & Culture Center and the IEUM Arts Centre which hosted the rehearsals and to the British Council team who supported us during the week.

It was also great to immerse ourselves into the Korean cuisine with our lovely hosts at the British Council and experience the hustle and bustle of the city streets, the subway and the people of Seoul – a very busy and vibrant city. I look forward to coming back next year to finish the project and perform.

*The views expressed in this editorial are the author’s own, and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of Samsung Electronics.

Viasat Unveils New Global Brand Identity

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Viasat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT), a global communications company, today unveiled its new strategic, global brand identity. As part of the new identity, Viasat has consolidated its key sub-brands – including Exede™ consumer internet, Yonder™ Ku-band aviation service, among others – under one Viasat master brand. The Company also introduced a new logo and visual identity system.

“Our previous brand proudly served Viasat for more than three decades, but as our service portfolio expands both domestically and internationally across consumer, enterprise, aviation and maritime markets, and our defense business continues to defy industry trends, there is greater value for us to present one unified brand to customers and partners around the world,” said Mark Dankberg, Viasat’s chairman and CEO. “Drawing on the industry reputation and strength of relationships we’ve built in each segment of our business, we believe one brand can help us grow market and consumer awareness as well as attract the very best talent around the world.”

Viasat also updated its corporate logo and visual identity system, reflecting a signal of growth and opportunity. The new logo is intended to be more modern and friendly as it will be applied to new industry sectors and in more international markets, while still maintaining continuity with government and enterprise customers and partners.

Dankberg continued, “There’s never been a more exciting time to be a part of Viasat. The impending launch of ViaSat-2 services will move us farther up-market in technology and service levels, and with our ViaSat-3 constellation we expect to realize our ambition to be the first truly global, scalable, broadband service provider. Additionally, our work on cybersecurity, tactical data links, virtualization, web acceleration, digital media, and more all contribute to our ability to deliver connections that can change the world. It’s for these reasons that now was the right time to evolve our brand.”

The new brand system was developed in close consultation with a leading global branding agency. The team conducted substantial research among key stakeholders to develop the unifying brand. The identity system incorporates a flexible approach to support Viasat’s disparate product suite while also providing room for future growth. 

For more information, and a behind the scenes look at the brand, visit Viasat’s corporate blog here.

About Viasat
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit:, go to Viasat’s corporate blog, or follow the Company on social media at: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter or YouTube.

Forward Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about the global growth, opportunities, value a unified brand can enable with customers, partners and employees around the world, and benefits expected from the ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellite platforms. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; Viasat’s ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellite platforms, unexpected expenses or delays related to the satellite systems, the ability to successfully implement Viasat’s business plan for broadband satellite services on Viasat’s anticipated timeline or at all, including with respect to the ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellite platforms; and risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of Viasat’s   satellites, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; and increased competition and other factors affecting the communications market generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Viasat’s SEC filings available at, including Viasat’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Viasat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Copyright © 2017 Viasat, Inc. All rights reserved. All other product or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. Viasat and Exede are registered trademarks of Viasat, Inc.

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Space technology to drive autonomous ships

Autodocking system

Space technology to drive autonomous ships

30 November 2017

ESA Director General Jan Wörner signed a Memorandum of Intent with Rolls-Royce today, as the two entities agree to investigate how space technology can be used to develop autonomous and remote-controlled ships.

The partners will pool their expertise to analyse and implement space-enabled services for autonomous and remote-controlled shipping, which reduces the opportunity for human error and allows crews to concentrate on more valuable tasks.

The plan is to study the applications of various space assets to autonomous shipping, such as satellite-based positioning, better situational awareness using Earth observation data, and satcom services for improved onboard connectivity.

The collaboration with the Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence division aims to develop and validate new ship-to-shore integrated land-based and satellite-based systems solutions, which ESA has been working on for some time under its Satellite for 5G (S45G) initiative. S45G aims at developing and demonstrating integrated satellite- and terrestrial-based 5G services, across multiple vertical markets and various use cases.

SAT-AIS: Tracking ships via satellite

The 5G next generation of communication services will rely on this harmonious integration of networks, driving a convergence of fixed and mobile services, including satcom services. ESA is supporting the technological and supply chain evolutions that are required to weave together terrestrial and space services, with a focus on the transport sector (maritime, aviation and land base), and on other vertical markets like public safety and media.

This unified space-and-ground service is what will enable the operation of commercial autonomous shipping, as well as drive innovation in future commercial marine vessels, cargo logistics and smart ports.

The two partners agreed to cooperate to test, validate and innovate on satcom connectivity technologies and applications between vessel and shore, as well as support the testing and modelling of the safety-critical software that would make self-operated ships viable.

Future Rolls-Royce navigation and telecommunication equipment will be able to be tested at ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands, capitalising on the centre’s space-grade facilities.

Jan Wörner said: “Space technologies provide tangible benefits for the citizens of Europe. Partnerships, such as this one with Rolls-Royce, take solutions originally developed for the unique challenges of the space environment and bring them down to Earth.

“Space 4.0 and ESA’s Satellite for 5G initiative enable, support and foster developments, validations and trials of products and applications in diverse areas of the maritime industry, and this partnership between ESA and Rolls-Royce will enable satellites to serve ship intelligence, marine operations, navigation, cargo logistics, maritime safety, healthcare, passenger and crew communications.”

For further information, please contact:

Jesse Phaler
Head of Industrial Auditing and Return Division, ESA
Tel: +33 1 53 69 72 33

Emmet Fletcher
ESA Communications
Tel: +34 91 813 1508

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Quantum Dot Artisan: Dr. Eunjoo Jang, Samsung Fellow

Over the past few years, one of the breakthrough achievements of Samsung researchers has been the development of cadmium-free quantum dot technology, currently utilized in Samsung QLED TVs. While quantum dot had the benefit of delivering superior light expression, the technology posed harm to the environment with toxic cadmium at risk of being released through nanoparticle degradation. Samsung’s quantum dots, however, are cadmium-free, and Samsung is currently the only company that produces cadmium-free (Cd-free) quantum dot displays.

The architect behind development of the Cd-free quantum dot technology was Dr. Eunjoo Jang at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT). For her achievements, Dr. Jang was appointed a Samsung Fellow on November 16 – a distinct honor established at Samsung in 2002 to honor outstanding achievements in research, and also referred to as “Samsung’s Nobel Prize.”

Dr. Jang, who has been involved in the research of Cd-free quantum dot technology for over 15 years, recently shared with Samsung Newsroom the story behind her research into the technology, as well as her thoughts on what’s next for display innovation.

“I wanted to do something that no one else had”

Dr. Jang, who earlier in her career was studying catalysts at POSTECH and the University of Ottawa in Canada, had strong interest in developing quantum dot technology that could leverage catalyst technology when she started the project at SAIT in 2002:

“I thought nano-technology would fit well with quantum dot because it is a semiconductor material. It wasn’t so much about application at the time, but the goal was to look ahead 10 years. When I initiated my research, I was one of the few ones looking into the potential future application, but many had very limited belief as to whether the research and study were even possible.”

Dr. Jang recalled that developing Cd-free quantum dot technology was quite a challenge. While quantum dot was studied widely for its capabilities in absorbing and emitting light, and also used in various lighting devices, its application into other areas was seen as limited as it requires the hazardous heavy metal cadmium.

“At first, we could not even imagine a Cd-free quantum dot, but in Samsung’s commitment to being a globally responsible manufacturer, the vision was to make it work. I was able to relatively quickly complete a cadmium-containing quantum dot, but I wanted to do something that no one else had. So, I worked another three years on Cd-free quantum dot.”

Dr. Jang describes seeing her scientific research applied to a commercial product as particularly gratifying, “It was such a terrific period when I was helping in the design of a plant for production of Cd-free quantum dot products, a technology which had actually started from work in the lab. My research work was used for real-life production, and when Cd-free quantum dot was first introduced at CES 2015, it was such an amazing experience.“

Expansion of Cd-free Quantum Dot Across Samsung Products

Dr. Jang explained, “It has been three years since Cd-free quantum dot technology has been applied to Samsung products. The technology has proven to be stable even when we change its structures in terms of higher brightness, local dimming, 8K and other features.”

Dr. Jang also emphasized her belief in the environment of Samsung as key to the success in producing the technology, “The reason why Samsung Electronics was able to produce this achievement in terms of quantum dot is because the company started earlier than other competitors. We set a specific goal from an early stage, and poured our resources into it.” She added that the achievement is especially meaningful to her because it was an independent development, “I am proud that Samsung, with its own capabilities, was able to develop such advanced technology without any outsourcing. This is clear testament to the strengths of our people as well as our environment which helps drive innovation.”

The Future: Self-Lighting Quantum Dots, and More

So, what is the next evolution for Samsung TVs?

Dr. Jang explained the differences between QLED and OLED, “Both have strengths and weaknesses. Contemporary OLED is incomplete, and OLED TV displays have many weaknesses related to burn-in, brightness, large screen and grey-scale which are all due to lesser stability.” She especially emphasized that replacing the light emitting layer with quantum dot is essential to overcome the limit of the display, “Using organic or inorganic materials for the light emitting layer could influence the reliability of products. I would like to implement the improvement of making this layer with inorganic materials – quantum dots.”

Dr. Jang also said that she is currently devoting considerable research into self-lighting QLED and its application, “I am currently participating in a study of making a better display that can overcome the limit of OLED TV and be applied in many other fields. Self-lighting quantum dot technology is being specifically researched for this purpose. My ultimate goal is to develop technology that gives new value to customers and makes for a more convenient life.”

From research to commercialization, Dr. Jang is one of the many talented innovators at Samsung who are helping write the next chapter in display technology. As she continues her work in developing quantum dot’s technological leadership in the field, it will be exciting to see the innovations that arrive next into our living rooms.

Dr. Eunjoo Jang and researchers at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT)