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DisplaySearch Flat-Panel TV Event Slated

La Jolla, Calif. — The NPD Group’s DisplaySearch video display market research unit will present its 2008 U.S. Flat Panel Display Conference here March 10-13, at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines resort. The conference will give an overview of the latest flat-panel display trends and technologies in addition to a comprehensive outlook of the year ahead for the industry.

The market research firm said that the flat-panel display industry reached the $101 billion mark in 2007, and will continue to rise to $131 billion by 2012.

“As the industry continues to flourish, it becomes increasingly important to stay on top of the latest technological developments and market dynamics facing the industry,” DisplaySearch said. “DisplaySearch’s U.S. FPD Conference will include extensive coverage of the entire display supply chain, including equipment and materials suppliers, panel makers, display electronics manufacturers, OEMs, brands, distributors and retailers. Emerging topics like external drivers of the display industry, touchpanel technology, and digital signage will be discussed in depth.”

Key elements of this year’s event will feature:

* Karl McGoldrick, CEO of Polymer Vision, demonstrating “the world’s first rollable display in a product using an OTFT backplane, just before its introduction.”

* Sony demonstrating the world’s first OLED TV and defining the future of OLED TV technology;

* Samsung SDI keynoting the conference with a discussion of its plan to be the first company to achieve multi-million Active Matrix OLED (AMOLED) shipments per month;

* the leading electronic paper display maker, E-Ink, presenting its improved response time and full color technology for the first time;

* a first-of-its-kind comparison between add-on multitouch and integrated multitouch displays for the expanding mobile display market; and

* a meeting of top executives leading OLED development from companies including: Sony, Kodak and UDC — all within a single session.

In addition, Victor Mammana, Ph.D, Researcher at DMI – information displays division, Ministerio da Ciencia e Tecnologia, will discuss how Brazil became one of the first countries initiating a widespread roll out of low-cost notebook PCs.

Also at this year’s conference, James P. Clappin, president of Corning Display Technologies, and Dr. Ho Kyoon Chung, Samsung SDI executive VP and CTO, will deliver keynote addresses with insights into the emerging display applications such as OLEDs, touch and flexible displays, and how LCDs and PDPs will respond to these alternative display solutions.

Other discussions will include “high-technology glass and beyond — Corning’s contributions to display,” with Clappin.

A session entitled “the beginning of a new era with AMOLED will feature Dr. H.K. Chung, Samsung SDI, executive VP, discussing how the AMOLED industry reached a significant milestone in 2007 by launching AMOLED production both in small mobile displays and midsize TVs. The presentation will discuss Samsung SDI’s approaches to AMOLED and the challenges and opportunities for continuing success.

The DisplaySearch 10th Annual US FPD Conference will focus on all major and emerging FPD applications, as well as production equipment and key components and materials. The two-and-a-half days of general sessions will offer attendees “tens of thousands of dollars worth of market data and industry insight,” as well as networking opportunities,” DisplaySearch said.

Presenting companies will include AMD, Amimon, AU Optronics, Dell, Dolby Laboratories, Genesis, Goldman Sachs, HP, Intel, Kodak Display Business, NEC, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Universal Display and Verizon.