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USDC Announces Agenda for Flexible Displays Conference

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SAN JOSE , Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Display Consortium(USDC), a public/private partnership chartered with developing the flat paneldisplay (FPD) industry infrastructure, has unveiled its final agenda for itsfifth annual Flexible Displays and Microelectronics Conference, which returnsto Phoenix , Ariz. on Feb. 7, 2006 . Available via USDC's website( www.usdc.org/resources/Flex06/flexworkshop06.htm ), this year's conferenceagenda boasts more than 40 presentations, three keynote addresses, a graduatestudents' poster session and the largest exhibit in the conference's history.

A record-number of companies have lined up to co-sponsor this three-daysummit, including: Applied Films, Cabot, Dow Corning, General Electric, H.C.Stark, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, Merck, Philips, Plastic Logic, Plextronics,Polymer Vision, Universal Display and Vitex Systems. As announced earlier,Karl McGoldrick, CEO of Polymer Vision (a business unit of Royal Philips Electronics), will kick off this year's conference with his keynote address onflexible display technology and future applications.

Following that will be an address by Dr. Hadi Mahabadi , vice president andcentre manager of Xerox Research Centre of Canada , who will unveil recentadvances in semiconductor ink and new materials that may make flexible roll-uptelevision screens and computer displays one step closer to reality. Tom Mclean , senior business manager of Merck KGaA LC Organic Electronics, willwind up the keynote sessions with a look at how printable organicsemiconductor inks can be used to manufacture a wide variety of products fromflexible displays to security RFID tags -- while also examining the barriersthat are slowing widespread adoption such as the absence of a manufacturinghardware base or lack of suitable product designs.

According to Dr. M. Robert Pinnel , chief technology officer for USDC andconference organizer, the increasingly high caliber of sponsors, presentersand attendees attests to this conference being a critical venue foridentifying and resolving the challenges associated with enabling flexibledisplays and microelectronics. "The support of today's top electronics andmaterials companies, government and academic organizations, has truly hastenedthe remarkable progress and achievements we've witnessed over the past fewyears. As we embark on our fifth year, I'm confident of even more excitingdevelopments in the areas of R&D, manufacturability, market acceptance andcommercialization," stated Dr. Pinnel .

This year's exhibitor forum, which will run during the conference'ssession breaks, features a record number of companies -- 21 in all -- that arefocused on commercializing flexible displays or are developing the equipmentand materials necessary for manufacturing this technology. The conferenceitself will feature 12 sessions over three full days, and span a number oftopics from flexible backplanes technologies, materials and substrates tomanufacturing processes and equipment, consortia and prototype facilities'activities and new product and display innovations, among others.

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