A Look into the Future of Displays

Electronic displays touch nearly all aspects of modern life. Display Week's 2011 Keynote addresses will provide a vision for how newdisplay technology and products will be shaping the future of entertainment, communications, and energy efficiency.

Keynote Speakers


Phil "Captain 3D" McNally, Stereoscopic Supervisor at DreamWorks Animation

While 3D technology continues to evolve, the focus of the entertainment industry is centered on how best to deploy 3D capabilities to mass audiences. 
Phil McNally will provide both his vision for 3D media and a personal history of his entry into the field. Mr. McNally is credited for the visual effects in 17 3D productions, including Meet the Robinsons, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Chicken Little, Kung Fu Panda, and Monsters and Aliens.



Yasuhiro Koike, Professor at Keio University and Director of the Keio Photonics Research Institute

Much of the demand for improved display technology is tied to the availability of high-quality telecommuni-cations networks, and there are some amazing new capabilities in network technology under development. Professor Koike will share his vision of breathtakingly realistic face-to-face communications through the use of 3D and super-high-resolution 4K real-time video imaging. Professor Koike will provide an overview of the enabling technologies that could revolutionize both optical fibers and displays. Professor Koike is the inventor of the Graded-Index Polymer Optical Fiber (GI POF) technology and recipient of numerous awards, including the International Engineering and Technology Award and the Metal with Purple Ribbon from the Japanese government.



Shuji Nakamura, Professor in the Materials Department at the University of Santa Barbara

The development of high-brightness and short-wavelength LEDs has enabled the proliferation of new products ranging from Blu-ray players to energy-efficient lighting. Professor Nakamura will discuss how the development of high-brightness LEDs and visible laser diodes has led to new display application areas such as LED-backlit TVs, projection TVs, and DVD Blue-ray players. Professor Nakamura's first breakthrough was the development of the first group-III nitride-based blue/green LEDs in 1989, and he later developed the first group-III nitride-based violet laser diodes in 1995. His talk will review that work and describe the prospects for future breakthroughs in LED technology and applications. Professor Nakamura is the recipient of numerous international awards, including the Harvey Prize (Israel), Prince of Asturias Award (Spain), Millennium Technology Prize (Finland), and Braun Prize (SID), among others.


Awards Luncheon Address:"Immersive Cinema Technology"


The interplay of technology, the artist, and production is a critical aspect in the evolution of modern cinema. Douglas Trumbull will present his thoughts on current trends in motion-picture and television production and exhibition technologies, with a focus on 3D, high frame rates, and large-screen presentations. He will also describe how these technologies relate to the creative process of writing, producing, directing, photographing, and exhibiting science fiction and fantasy films. A legendary filmmaker and visual effects pioneer, Mr. Trumbull was one of the Special Photographic Effects Supervisors for 2001: A Space Odyssey. He went on to become the Visual Effects Supervisor for such classics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Blade Runner, each of which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.

2011 SID Technical Program to Include Special Technology Tracks

The Society for Information Display's annual Symposium at Display Week 2011offers a selection of presentations on display technology that simply cannot be found anywhere else. This year's program consists of 71 technical sessions with a total of 265 oral presentations and an additional 200 papers to be presented in the Thursday afternoon Poster Session. Please join us in Los Angeles (Tuesday, May 17 – Friday, May 20) to share the latest research and developments of the display industry. Among our special areas of focus are 3D, touch technologies, flexible displays, green technology, and solid-state lighting. Here is just a sample of the innovations you can expect to find at this year's Symposium.

Possibly the biggest commercial story in displays last year was the arrival of 3D-ready TVs. Now that they have arrived, however, the story is far from over. Researchers continue to pursue the different approaches of active-shutter vs. passive glasses technology, and glasses-free viewing is a major challenge that many experts believe must be met in order to make 3D displays truly successful. This year's presentations also cover topics such as holographic displays, crosstalk reduction, measurements for 3D performance, and numerous other issues related to both OLED 3D and LCD 3D displays. Also, do not miss the 3D Cinema event happening on Tuesday evening, May 17, where 3D film shorts will be projected stereoscopically on a special 30-ft. silver screen and 3D filmmakers as well as other members of the rapidly growing industry will be making brief presentations.

Touch Technologies
Since the launch of touch-enabled mobile devices several years ago, touch has become an increasingly crucial component for numerous display products. Yet, the industry has not found the ideal touch technology solution. Touch is in an evolutionary phase now, and this year's papers reflect the diversity of approaches: projective-capacitive, optical, and many more. Which touch technologies hold the most promise and what is the next application or technology on the horizon? Make sure you attend the touch sessions at Display Week to find out.

Flexible Displays
Flexible displays offer the promise of ultra-thin robust displays that will fit into compact form factors, enabling new devices and applications previously envisioned only in movies and dreams. In particular, flexible OLEDs and electronic paper have the potential to open up completely new markets. Come learn about novel backplane materials, flexible electronics, and innovative processing techniques that are enabling this new class of displays.

Green Technologies
Display technology continually advances to provide higher resolution, larger size, and better performance – all at a lower cost. At the same time, however, environmental, social, and legislative forces are combining to ensure that manufacturers use the greenest-possible processes to create the most energy-efficient displays. What are the anticipated production and end-of-life issues for the display industry and how can they be addressed?

Solid-State Lighting
Solid-State lighting has begun to fulfill its promise with regard to saving energy and providing design flexibility. However, LEDs have made more commercial inroads in this area than just OLEDs, which are currently available only in high-end architectural applications. OLED papers therefore form the bulk of this year's solid-state-lighting sessions, as the industry pushes to develop higher-efficiency higher-performing OLED panels. Other solid-state-lighting papers will focus on trends in LED illumination.

The topics described above are only a portion of the wealth of information you will discover at this year's Symposium. 
Visit to view the Advance Program. 
No one involved in the display industry can afford to miss this event. Please join us this May and prepare to engage, learn, and 
discover what you need to know about the innovations 
occurring right now in the display industry.


Market Focus Conferences

After a very successful debut in 2010, the Market Focus Conferences will once again be held in conjunction with Display Week on Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 and 19, 2011. They will cover the following three topics:

• Innovations in Touch (Wednesday, May 18)
 Green Displays (Wednesday, May 18)
• eBook/Tablet Market Evolution (Thursday, May 19)

Each Market Focus Conference will concentrate on the critical market development issues facing each of these technologies. Developed in collaboration with IMS Research, each conference will feature presentations and panel sessions with executives throughout the display supply chain. Conference fees include a continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, access to the Exhibit Hall and to the Symposium Keynote Session on Tuesday morning, and electronic copies of the presentation material. Market Focus Conference registration does not require a current SID membership.

Innovations in Touch: This conference will build on the success of Display Week 2010's Future of Touch & Interactivity Conference. Touch technology is ubiquitous in today's digital world and this event will play host to the who's who of the touch industry. The objective of this unique event is to provide an international forum for senior executives, technical managers, and marketing personnel from leading companies involved in touch technology to meet with other industry players to examine the market potential, technical barriers, and new opportunities that next-generation touch and interactivity technologies bring.

Green Displays: With increasing legislation and environmental awareness, the need for low-power displays has become a very hot topic. The Green Displays Conference at Display Week 2011 will look at issues such as green-display legislation and its impact on display manufacturers, the transition to LED-backlit displays to reduce power consumption, power semiconductor initiatives that reduce power consumption, innovations in fully recyclable displays with non-toxic components, and new technologies for reducing power consumption.

eBook & Tablet Market Evolution: With the rapid growth of the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad, the eBook reader and tablet markets are two of the fastest growing in displays. How might this change in the future? Will they remain distinct markets or will they collide? If so, when? This conference will examine the outlook for each of these markets and how their displays are likely to evolve, in terms of size, form factor, and much more.

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Business Conference — The Ever-Evolving Display Supply Chain

DisplaySearch will once again organize this year's Business Conference to be held during Display Week 2011 in Los Angeles, California, Monday, May 16. This year's Business Conference will feature presentations from top executives of leading companies throughout the display supply chain. Each session will be anchored by DisplaySearch analysts presenting in-depth market and technology analysis and the latest forecasts. The SID/DisplaySearch Business Conference will feature in-depth analysis of key global markets, as well as display-supply-chain issues, including:

Economic Issues and Consumer Trends: What is the outlook for the global economy, and which are the fast- and slow-growing regions?

Equipment and Manufacturing: What is the state of the art in flat-panel manufacturing equipment, materials, and manufacturing processes?

Panel Production and Technology, including Regional Trends: How rapidly will panel production grow in China? Which regions will lose market share as China gains?

Set-Making and Applications: How are the value chains for TVs, monitors and notebook PCs, mobile devices, and other display systems shifting? How are devices like e-book readers and tablet PCs changing demand?

Emerging Technologies and Applications: What are the most promising new display technologies? How is TFT-LCD technology improving to meet the challenge of other technologies such as OLED and reflective technologies?

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Investors Conference

Co-sponsored by Cowen & Co., LLC, a securities and investment banking firm, this Conference will feature company presentations from leading public and private display companies, intended to appeal primarily to securities analysts, portfolio managers, investors, M&A specialists, and display company executives.

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2011 SID Seminar Series

Sunday May 15 Short Courses
The Society for Information Display presents four 4-hour short courses on diverse topics related to information display. The tutorials are char-acterized by technical depth and small class size. The four-hour classes covering the fundamentals of electronic information displays will be held on the morning and afternoon of the Sunday preceding the Symposium. Full-color tutorial notes will be distributed to all participants and are included in the fee. Ample time will be provided for questions from the audience. The speakers are leaders in their respective fields who bring an international perspective to information display.

S-1: Fundamentals of OLED Lighting
S-2: Fundamentals of Flexible Displays
S-3: Fundamentals of Phosphors for Backlighting Applications
S-4: Fundamentals of Touch Technologies and Applications

Monday May 16 Technical Seminars
The SID Technical Seminars present lectures on diverse topics related to electronic information displays. The seminars are tutorial in nature and an attempt is made to provide information at three levels. First and foremost, the technical foundations of the topic are treated in detail. Next, recent technical advances are discussed, and, finally, the current state of the art and projection of future trends are analyzed.

These seminars can benefit both newcomers and experienced professionals. Engineers new to assignments in information display find them especially helpful in getting up to speed quickly. Experienced professionals attend to keep up with recent developments in fields closely related to their specialties. Managers attending the seminars obtain a broad perspective of the display field and a sense of its recent dynamics. Attendees will receive an excellent set of full-color notes, replete with references and illustrations. Ample time is provided for questions from the audience in each session. The speakers are leaders in their fields who bring an international perspective to information display.

Track 1:
M-1: Novel Breakthroughs Leading to Future TV Systems
M-5: Advanced Horizontal Electrode Structure In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) for Mobile Displays
M-9: Photoalignment of Liquid Crystals
M-13: Blue-Phase LCDs

Track 2:
M-2: Oxide-TFT Technology
M-6: Laser Crystallization for Advanced LCDs and AMOLED Displays
M-10: Displays for e-Readers
M-14: Flexible Displays

Track 3:
3-D TV
M-7: Emerging Display Applications: The Next Big Thing
M-11: Bendable-Film Displays with Plasma-Tube-Array Technology for Super-Large-Area Display Markets
M-15: Optical Films for LCD Applications

Track 4:
M-4: OLED Lighting: Promises and Challenges
M-8: Progress in Printed OPV Technology
M-12: Capacitive Touch-Sensing Innovations
M-16: The Leading Edge of Touch

Monday May 16 Applications Tutorials
Six practical and interactive 90-minute applications tutorials are being offered on Monday. These seminars focus on the application and evaluation of information displays. A complete set of full-color applications tutorial notes is included in the fee.

A-1: Various Light Sources for General Lighting
A-2: Flexible Display Technologies and Their Applications
A-4: Mobile Multimedia Displays
A-5: Introduction to Pico-Projectors
A-3: Professional Applications of Stereoscopic 3D Monitors
A-6: Image Sources for Near-to-Eye Applications

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Display Week 2011 Overview
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA USA
May 15–20, 2011


Display Week 2011 Symposium at a Glance