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SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Display Consortium (USDC), a public/private partnership chartered with developing the flat panel display (FPD) industry infrastructure, today announced that its Flexible Displays and Microelectronics Conference is returning to Phoenix, Ariz., for the fifth consecutive year. Opening February 7, 2006, this three-day summit promises to be the most revealing to date -- with a record number of companies already lined up to unveil the technological progress that will shortly enable flexible displays and microelectronics to move beyond concept and into reality.
Over the last four years, this first-of-its-kind conference has gained traction and interest among today's leading technologists and display and microelectronics industry executives. Not only does this forum afford the opportunity for industry, government and academia to discuss the advancements made to date, but it also explores the requirements, hurdles and missing links associated with commercializing flexible displays and microelectronics. Kicking off the conference will be Karl McGoldrick, CEO of Polymer Vision, which is a business unit within Philips Electronics. His keynote will provide an overview of flexible display technology along with highlighting its future applications roadmap. In addition to several other keynotes, and more than 40 invited and submitted papers, the 2006 conference features an impressive corporate co-sponsor roster, including: Applied Films, Cabot, Dow Corning, GE, HP, Kodak, Merck, Philips, Plastic Logic, Plextronics, Polymer Vision, Universal Display Corp. and Vitex Systems.
"As a co-sponsor of this conference for the last five years, we've seen it serve as an excellent venue for communicating and sharing technological progress, as well as for discussing remaining hurdles that the industry faces," said Janice Mahon, vice president of technology commercialization for Universal Display Corporation. "In launching this conference, USDC has helped fuel industry collaboration by championing the notion that progress could best be made by the display industry teaming with the broader electronics industry, government and academia. Now, five years later, we are seeing the fruits of these efforts as we grow closer to bringing this technology to market fruition."
Dr. M. Robert Pinnel, chief technology officer for USDC, expressed similar sentiments, adding, "Since its inception, this conference has helped explore and resolve many of the impediments facing development and commercialization efforts. It has also identified the challenges that still remain, particularly in manufacturing scale-up to producing quality, high-performance flexible displays and microelectronics that can compete effectively -- from a cost-performance perspective -- with their rigid, glass-based counterparts. Nevertheless, the driving factors and motivation behind the adoption of flexible displays are evident, and through continued collaboration and investment, this market shows incredible promise for the absorption of electronics into our lifestyle, rather than lifestyle changes to absorb electronics."
Judging by the increasing number of companies looking to participate in this market, USDC expects to draw at least 325 attendees, all of whom will have the opportunity to listen to presentations spanning a number of critical topics, including: