3M Launches Polarized Film for Flat-Screens

At SID this week, 3M’s Optical Systems Division unveiled the industry’s first multi-function film for monitors, Vikuiti Brightness Enhancement Film – Reflective Polarizer (MNT BEF-RP-230). Delivering what the company says is superior performance that’s similar to that of two separate prismatic enhancement and reflective polarizer films, Vikuiti Monitor BEF-RP combines angular light management with polarization recycling in a single package only 230 microns thick. It provides uncompromised visual quality, while achieving maximum power efficiency and high display brightness in one convenient package.

By combining the films, energy consumption in monitors can be reduced by up to 30 percent compared to prism-only solutions, without sacrificing display visual quality or brightness. Moreover, Vikuiti Monitor BEF-RP-230 provides additional assembly efficiencies and waste reduction in monitors that are already using separate prismatic and reflective polarizer solutions.

Ultimately, this technology will move into large-format displays as well.  You can see the details here.