Seminar Archive - 2012

July 18, 2012 6-7 p.m.

Speaker: Alfred Poor, Ph.D., SID Senior Member; Contributing Editor, Information Display

Title: What You Missed In Boston: SID Display Week 2012 Reported by a Professional Journalist & Technologis

Abstract: If you weren't able to make the cross-country trip to Boston for SID Display Week 2012 last month, here's your opportunity to catch up on much of what you missed. SID Senior Member and Information Display Contributing Editor Alfred Poor will provide a guided tour of Display Week 2012, covering many of the highlights from the Exhibit Hall to the Symposium. Alfred's talk will include a discussion of some of the Display of the Year and Best of Show award winners. Among the winners was a 55-inch 4K LCD TV from AU Optronics, an e-reader using Qualcomm's Mirasol MEMS technology, the Quantum-Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF) from Nanosys that promises to lower the cost and improve the performance of LED backlights for LCD panels, the impressive 55-inch OLED televisions from LG and Samsung (which have several substantial design differences), and eye-tracking technologies for large-format stereoscopic 3D displays and active-matrix OLED microdisplays. You'll even hear about some of the intriguing new technologies that were on display at Display Week's new and wildly popular "Innovation Zone" (the I-Zone). The talk will also cover important trends, such as the move from aSi and LTPS backplanes to the use of metal oxides such as IGZO. The newer technology offers electron mobility between the two other solutions, with the advantage that it may scale better than p-Si for very large screens, although some challenges remain. Come hear about other advances, ranging from touch-screen technology to thin-substrate glass that can support roll-to-roll continuous processing. SID Display Week 2012 was filled with energy and information, and so will be this seminar. Don't miss it!

Speaker Biography: Alfred Poor, Ph.D., is an accomplished speaker and writer with an international reputation in the display industry. He is a Contributing Editor on SID's Information Display magazine where his articles appear frequently, including his annual reviews of Display Week. He has been honored as a SID Senior Member, is a former chair of the Delaware Valley Chapter of SID and the SID Display-of-the-Year Award Committee, and was a member of the SID Mobile-Displays Conference-Planning Committee. Alfred wrote for PC Magazine for more than 22 years, where he developed all the test protocols for display products from CRT monitors to LCD projectors. He also was the magazine's first Lead Analyst for Business Displays. He has worked as a Senior Analyst for Pacific Media Associates, with special focus on FPD market analysis. He has also written for many other major technology publications, including as a columnist and Technology Editor for ECN: Electronic Component News and as a weekly columnist on websites for Hewlett-Packard, Verizon, and FOX News Science & Technology. He has written major market-analysis reports on display-related topics for publishers including NanoMarkets and GigaOM Pro. He has written or co-authored more than a dozen books, and recently contributed to the chapter on Medical Displays in the Handbook of Visual Display Technology published jointly by Springer-Verlag and Canopus Academic Publishing. Alfred has been a keynote speaker at many events, including the Video Electronics Standards Association and multiple appearances at the Trenton Computer Festival. He has made presentations about display technology for the New York Amateur Computer Club, the Philadelphia Area Computer Society, and the Princeton Computer Society. He has also had speaking engagements for clients and colleges including the Hartford Insurance Group, Marsh & McLennan, CIGNA, Temple University, and Wesleyan University. In addition, he has appeared on radio and television programs, and was co-host of "The Personal Computer Show" on WBAI radio in New York City from 2001 to 2010.

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