Event Date/Time: Nov 13, 2002 End Date/Time: Nov 15, 2002
Early Registration Date: Sep 27, 2002
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This conference will provide a forum for leading developers, manufacturers, and users of organic light emissive devices (OLEDs) to discuss the future commercialization potential for this technology in flat panel displays. The conference will focus on business issues facing the industry, including market size and growth, technical advances and hurdles, application trends, and production economics. Special attention will be paid to the current status of these devices in the marketplace and the future applications in which OLED-based displays are likely to appear including, both small and large displays, as well as general illumination. Conference participants will get an up-to-date assessment of OLED markets and technologies, while having ample opportunity to network and discuss the latest business issues with industry experts, key FPD executives and end-users in an open-forum format. This exclusive event is designed for leading executives, R&D staff, corporate technologists, product managers, end-users and investors to discuss, debate and learn about the latest technical and business opportunities in this rapidly expanding field.

OLED Industry Overview:

According to recent forecasts by DisplaySearch, the current $100 million OLED market is projected to grow to $2.8 billion by 2007 while Stanford Resources is more cautious in its predictions, projecting 2.3 by 2008, making OLEDs a viable contender to TFT LCDs in the $31 billion flat panel display market, which accounts for 48% of the $64 billion electronic display market. The display marketplace is one of the hottest industries experiencing growth despite the economic downturn of late 2001 and the beginning of 2002, with average annual growth rates between 12-13%. By 2006, around the time that OLEDs will be a major force in the display market, the FPD market will have grown to $44.8 billion or 17.6% per year, according to a separate analyst. And although most OLED displays can still only be found on the exhibit floor or hidden away in labs, they are making their way into an array of applications available commercially including cell phones, game boys, microdisplays and surprising applications like razors. Other exciting potential OLED applications include clothing, general illumination, automotive stereo panels, handheld portable devices and large screen displays such as in laptops and TVs. The number of firsts is also increasing. Just recently Samsung produced the largest OLED display at 15”, beating out Sony’s 13”, only to be outsized by a 17” display by Toshiba, currently the largest full color active matrix OLED display, costing approximately $2 million.

The potential for this technology is endless once certain technical challenges can be overcome, including susceptibility to water damage, temperature and flexibility. Problems also exist with display uniformity and crosstalk, as well as longevity, luminosity, stability and color rendition. Manufacturing is also proving to be difficult, which results in higher production costs. Techniques such as roll-to-roll processing, fluidic self-assembly or ink-jet deposition could significantly increase yields thereby reducing costs. This would enable OLED manufacturers to produce large volumes of their products at very cost-effective rates, allowing the final product to be available to consumers at a price lower than competing display technologies. Major manufacturers are currently working on developing large plants including Pioneer, Samsung, RiTdisplay, and Alien Technologies.

While PLEDs offer lower cost manufacturing possibilities with ink jet printing, they have shorter lifetimes than small molecule OLEDs, which are reaching above the 10,000 hour range, at least intermittently. The disadvantage of small molecule LEDs is their limited size whereas PLEDs can be potentially larger, making them a strong contender in the large display industry. Small molecule OLEDs are becoming cheaper with the production of factories, but it may still be years before OLEDs will be available to purchase locally and in mass.

Conference Audience:

Last year over 250 leading industry executives attended this international conference designed to address recent business and technical developments for organic light emissive devices. By attending, you’ll meet with the key players in this growing field, including:

Business Development Specialists

Strategic Planning Managers

Technical Directors

R&D Engineers and Materials Scientists

Sales & Marketing Executives

Chemical, Substrate and Equipment Suppliers

Advanced Displays & Graphics Specialists

Venture Capitalists & Investment Bankers

Product and Technology Development Directors

OEM Display Manufacturers and End-Users

Conference Structure:

The conference will feature over 20 speakers assessing market, development and manufacturing aspects of OLEDs through presentations, question and answer sessions and panel discussions. Two 3-hour pre-conference seminars will be held on November 13. OLEDs 2002 will also include hosted breaks, luncheons and receptions for its speakers, registrants, exhibitors, and sponsors in a reception and exhibit area. This area will serve as the primary networking center and meeting place during the conference.


1441 Quivira Road
San Diego
United States