SID 2008: Here We Go!

Each year, the Society for Information Display (SID) holds their major conference. You may not have heard of SID, because this is not a flashy show like CES or InfoCOMM or CEDIA that are filled with shiny products for end users. The SID conference is by, for, and all about the display industry. You’ll see some esoteric stuff like machines that use lasers to cut LCD panel glass substrates, or displays designed for us in fighter aircraft cockpits.

This is the show where engineers from display companies around the world present research papers announcing their latest breakthroughs (or in some cases, their baby steps) in advancing the state of the art for displays. This is the show where you’ll hear about new developments first. A dozen years ago, I saw the first demonstration of a SED panel at the SID conference. True, that hasn’t turned out so well for Canon, but it was a technology that had a lot of promise, and we heard about it at SID long before anyone else knew about it.

So I’ll be here in LA all week at this year’s SID conference. I already have a number of items to look for, such as Samsung’s new “Blue Phase” 240 Hz LCD panel technology. And I’ll be talking with a number of companies to find out where they stand on production of large OLED panels that would be suitable for HDTVs; there’s been a flurry of brave talk lately, and some companies may be willing to make new predictions about commercial production. And I’ll be looking into the state of the art on the miniature projectors that could be large image HDTV to your next cell phone.

Sure, it’s geek heaven here, but this is going to be a lot of fun. Stay tuned!