Austin, Texas — Consumer electronics market research firm DisplaySearch will present its ninth annual U.S. Flat-Panel Display (FPD) Conference March 6-8 at the Hilton Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.
The conference, which has drawn over 400 attendees each year for the past three years, will be comprised of general sessions with nearly 60 presentations covering the flat-panel display market.
Also slated are exhibits demonstrating the latest technologies and numerous networking opportunities including a Sports Bar Game Night on Tuesday, March 6, following dinner.
Panel sessions during the event will include the following:
·Industry and Financial Outlook: industry analysts, financial analysts and investment bankers assess the flat-panel TV market.
·A View from the Channel: a forecast for display applications featuring such leading retailers as Noah Herschman of Amazon.com, Dave Workman of the Pro Buying Group, Casey Crane, of Ken Crane’s Home Entertainment and Leslie Malone, of Tech Data.
·External Drivers: What Forces Are Fueling Demand in the Display Industry?: A look at various display market drivers including PC applications, semiconductor developments, automobile applications, video content, mobile phones, PMP and MP3 device makers.Speakers will include Samsung executive VP Jun Souk, Qualcomm vendor relations VP Mike Coad and UBS global asset allocation strategy executive director Jeffrey Palma.
·Managing the Next Desktop Monitor Replacement Cycle World Wide: A discussion of the future corporate and consumer adoption of bigger and wider displays, focusing on desktop PC monitors. Panelists will include: John Morris, HP displays business unit VP and GM; Joseph Virginia, Samsung semiconductor LCD business development VP; Phil Ventimiglia, Dell displays product group director; and Chris Connery, DisplaySearch monitor market research VP.
·Flat-Panel TV Technology & Market Outlook: New Advances and Rapid Growth: A session examining sales results and forecasts with a look at the latest TV technology trends including the outlook for 1,080p, deep color, TV prices and brand and channel margins. Panelists will include Paul Gagnon, DisplaySearch North American TV research director; Randy Waynick, Sony home products division marketing senior VP; Jim Sanduski, HP digital TV solutions business personal systems group VP and GM; Brian Berkeley, Samsung Electronics LCD business VP; and Edward Taylor, DisplaySearch TV market research VP.
·Mobile TV Display Technology: Challenging Display Makers for Improved Performance: A discussion of how manufacturers are being pushed to deliver thinner, lighter, faster, brighter and higher resolution displays concurrent with the demand for lower prices. Speakers will include: Barry Young, DisplaySearch senior VP; Rupert Walters, The NPD Group entertainment and communications president; Antti Laaperi, Nokia VP; Joel Pollack, Clairvoyante CEO; and Miles Kirby, Qualcomm product management senior director.
·The HD Content Outlook and the Impact on TV, DVD and Gaming Markets: A discussion of how the proliferation of HD movies and players will expand the demand for 1080p TVs. Panelists will include: Bryan Burns, ESPN strategic business planning and development VP; Ross Young, DisplaySearch president and founder; and Russ Crupnick, The NPD Group.
·FPD Equipment & Materials: A discussion of market dynamics affecting flat-panel materials with James P. Clappin, Corning Display Technologies president; Charles Annis, DisplaySearch FPD manufacturing research VP; Bill Smyth, 3M Optical Solutions marketing and business development senior manager; and Jim Fraivillig, Fusion Optix product management VP,
·Equipment Maker Panel Discussion: With Tom Pye, Photon Dyamics marketing director; ID Kang, AKT an Applied Materials Company president; and Avi Elazar, Orbotech FPD sales and marketing director.
·Display Electronics: A discussion of product integration trends as well as a pricing outlook and market forecast for TV electronics, including de-interlacers, demodulators, decoders and scalers. Panelists will include Henry Choy, DisplaySearch display electronics research VP; Waheed Rasheed, Silicon Image product marketing manager; and John Marshall, Wireless High Definition Consortium president.
·OLEDs and Reflective Display Technologies: When, Why and Where?: A discussion of forthcoming Active Matrix OLED products, and the emergence ofreflective technology challengers with flexible substrates, low power and color capability. Panelists will include David Fyfe, CDT CEO; Barry Young, DisplaySearch senior VP; Du-Zen Peng AMOLED technology manager TPO display development division; Joel Domino, Kent Displays president; and Mark Gostick, Liquavista CEO.
·The Role of Display Technologies in Digital Signage: Featuring Brad Gleeson, Planar VP; Greg Nank, Chief Manufacturing OEM/strategic account manager; Don Fasick, LGE commercial products new business development director; Irene Chow, Ingram Micro digital signage senior category manager; and Chris Connery, DisplaySearch monitor marketing VP.
·The Impact of Emerging Technology & Markets on the Notebook PC Industry: Featuring John Jacobs, DisplaySearch notebook market research director; Jun Kim, Director, HP strategic materials and alliances procurement; Kamal Shah, Intel mobility enabling initiative manager, Brian Chen, DisplaySearch Taiwan and China market research director; and Vincent Cheng, AUO.
Those registering by Feb. 2 will receive a $100 discount, DisplaySearch said. Registration includes admission to all conference sessions, exhibits and Tuesday's dinner and DisplaySearch Sports Bar. A limited number of discounted hotel rooms will be available at a $199 per night rate.