2012 SID Technical Program & Special Technology
The Society for Information Display's annual Symposium at Display Week offers a wide selection of
presentations on display technology that simply cannot be found anywhere else. This year's program
consists of 71 technical sessions with a total of 256 oral presentations and an additional 138 papers to
be presented at the Thursday afternoon Poster Session. Please join us in Boston (Tuesday, Jun 5 -
Friday, June 8) to share the latest research and development discoveries of the display industry and to
join in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Society for Information Display (1962 - 2012).
This year's special areas of focus are 3D, Green Technologies, Solid State Lighting, and Printed Displays
and Electronics. Here is just a sampling of those topics and other innovations you can expect to find at
this year's symposium.
Possibly the biggest commercial story in displays in recent years is the arrival of 3D-ready TVs. Now
that they have arrived, the story is far from over. Researchers continue to pursue the different
approaches of active shutter vs. passive glasses technology, and glasses free viewing is a major
challenge that many experts believe must be met in order to make 3D displays truly successful. This
year's presentations also cover topics such as autostereoscopic 3D displays, 3D comfort and perception,
volumetric and holographic displays, and stereoscopic and display applications.
Solid State lighting has begun to fulfill its promise with regard to saving energy and providing design
flexibility. However, LEDs have made more commercial inroads in this area than OLEDs, which are currently
available only in high end architectural applications. OLED papers therefore form the bulk of this year's
solid state lighting sessions, as the industry pushes to develop higher efficiency, higher performing
OLED panels. Other solid state lighting papers will focus on trends in LED illumination.
Since the launch of touch-enabled mobile devices several years ago, touch has become an increasingly
crucial component for numerous display products. Yet, the industry has not found the ideal touch technology solution. Touch is in an evolutionary phase now, and this year's papers reflect the diversity
of approaches: projective-capacitive, optical, and many more. Which touch technologies hold the most
promise and what is the next application or technology on the horizon? Make sure you attend the touch
sessions at Display Week to find out.
Display technology continually advances to provide more resolution, larger size, and better performance
all at a lower cost. At the same time, environmental, social, and legislative forces are combining to
ensure that manufacturers use the greenest-possible processes to create the most energy efficient
displays. What are the anticipated production and end-of-life issues for the display industry and how can
they be addressed?
Flexible Electronics and Printed
Recent advances in the area of flexible electronics and printed displays have created the potential for
lightweight, low-cost, and flexible devices based on technologies such as oxide TFT, organic light emitting diode (OLED), and organic photovoltaics (OPV). This is the first year that SID has dedicated
sessions to flexible electronics and printed displays; among the exciting work that will be described at
the Symposium are the printing of organic TFTs and a new way to use high temperature processes on low temperature substrates.
SID International Symposium
The four-day Symposium features hundreds of leading display industry papers from around the world in
myriad technical sessions. It includes a Plenary Session, presentations in parallel sessions, a Poster
Session organized around selected topics, and author interview sessions each afternoon (with
Sunday Short Courses
The Society for Information Display presents four 4-hour short courses on diverse topics related to
information display on Sunday, June 3. The tutorials are characterized by technical depth and small class
size. The four hour classes covering the fundamentals of electronic information displays will be held on
the morning and afternoon of the Sunday preceding the Symposium. Full color tutorial notes will be
distributed to all participants and are included in the fee. Ample time will be provided for questions
from the audience. The speakers are leaders in their respective fields and bring an international
perspective to information display.