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About LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012

LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012, to be held at Mackenzie Presbyterian University, in S. Paulo, SP, from November 26th to 30th, 2012, is an event of the Society of Information Display (SID), of its Latin American Chapter (SID LTN Chapter), of the Brazilian Network for Displays (BrDisplay Network) and of the Ibero-American Network for Displays (Ibero American Display Network). The goal of LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012 is:

• To discuss state-of-art displays: LCDs, AMLCDs, plasma, OLEDs, eletrophoretic, electrowetting, reflective, projection, 3D, IMOD etc.
• To present emerging technologies and new applications.
• To discuss display sub-systems and components: backlight units (BLUs), optical foils, etc.
• To discuss touch screens, tablets, digital boards, etc.
• To discuss related technologies: lighting (fluorescent lamps, LEDs, OLEDs), solar cells, organic electronics, batteries, sensors, nanotechnology, etc.
• To discuss materials, processes and equipment for displays and related technologies
• To discuss the impact of display technologies on TV broadcasting, cinema, health, e-books, media, advertisement, signage, etc.
• To discuss challenges and opportunities in displays and related technologies.
• To provide updates on the status of Brazil in these technologies and related manufacturing infrastructure

Relevant areas of display research, technology and applications to be covered include, but are not limited to:

• Displays (LCDs, AM-LCDs, OLEDs, plasma, reflective, transparent, flexible, 3D, projection, electrophoretic, video walls etc)
• Innovative applications: TV, telecommunications, automotive, avionics, military, mobile, medical imaging, education, signage, advertising, multimedia, cinema, etc.
• Night vision
• Touch screens, tablets, digital boards and other peripherals
• Manufacturing processes
• Materials: LC, OLED, alignment materials, etc.
• Backlight units (BLUs) and methods to improve sun-legibility
• Flat-panel measurements and standards
• Color performance and high ambient display enhancement
• Power and signal management
• Thermal management
• Lighting (LED, OLED, fluorescent, etc.)
• Image processing software and hardware (drivers, controllers, video processors, digital video format converters, etc)
• Electronics and graphic interfaces
• Ergonomics, human factors and visual perception
• Interconnectivity, usability and access to multiple sources of content
• Virtual reality and augmented reality
• Gestural, adaptive and multimodal interfaces. Immersive systems
• Assistive technologies
• Display and end-user product markets
• Solar cells, optical devices, thin films, organic electronics
• Batteries
• Nanotechnology

LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012 will consist of:

Scientific and Technical Symposium
Round Table and Business Meetings
DisplayEscola (Display School)
Chapter and Network Meeting (LTN SID Chapter, BrDisplay Network and Ibero-American Display Network)
• Visits to R&D institutions, universities and companies

Important dates/deadlines

LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012

01/April/12 1st Call for papers
28/June/12 2nd Call for papers
30/October/12 Deadline for submission of papers
10/November/12 Send acceptance letters
10/November/12 Final program
26-28/November/12 S&T Symposium, Exhibition, Panel Session and Business Meetings
29-30/November/12 DisplayEscola
29-30/November/12 Visits

Committees of LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012

General Chairman

Benedito Aguiar – Mackenzie Presbyterian University – Brazil; reitor@mackenzie.br

Co – Chairman

Victor Pellegrini Mammana, CTI, Brazil; victor.mammana@cti.gov.br

Program Committee

Daniel den Engelsen – Abinfo - Brazil – Chairman - ddenengelsen@onsbrabantnet.nl

Adi Abileah - Planar - USA – Co Chairman - adi.abileah@planar.com

• Alaide P. Mammana – LTN SID Chapter and ABINFO
• Ana Grasielle Dionisio Correa - Mackenzie Presbyterian University – Brazil
• Ana Maria Pellegrini – UNESP – Brazil
• Antonio H. Munhoz Jor. - Mackenzie Presbyterian University – Brazil
• Arnaldo R. Aguiar Vallim Fo. – Mackenzie Presbyterian University – Brazil
• Carlos Ignacio Zamitti Mammana - Abinfo – Brazil
• Celso de Oliveira Braga - Unisal – Brazil
• David Eccles – Display Systems Consultant and SID - USA
• Ely Tadeu Dirani – PUCSP – Brazil
• Esteban Anoardo - Universidade Nacional de Córdoba – Argentina
• Gunnar Bedicks - Mackenzie Presbyterian University – Brazil
• Hermi F. Brito – USP – Brazil
• Iran A. Pordeus – Banco de Desenvolvimento de Minas Gerais – Brazil
• Kenneth I. Werner - Nutmeg e Insight Media – USA
• Leila Figueiredo de Miranda – Mackenzie Presbyterian University – Brazil
• Luis Tadeu M. Raunheitte - Mackenzie Presbyterian University – Brazil
• Luiz Carlos de Campos – PUCSP – Brazil
• Luiz Roberto Evangelista – Universidade Estadual de Maringá – Brazil
• Marco Cremona – PUC Rio e INMETRO – Brazil
• Milton Eiji Kayama – UNESP – Brazil
• Munisamy Anandan - SID and Organic Lighting Technologies LLC – USA
• Nizam Omar - Mackenzie Presbyterian University – Brazil
• Pierre Kaufmann - Universidade P. Mackenzie – Brazil
• Tolis Voutsas - Sharp – USA
• Valeria F. Martins - Mackenzie Presbyterian University – Brazil
• Vitor Baranauskas - Unicamp – Brazil
• Yuzo Iano – Unicamp – Brazil

Organizing Committee

Alaide P. Mammana - Rede Ibero-Americana de Mostradores de Informação, Rede BrDisplay, Latin American SID Chapter and Abinfo – Brazil – Chairman - alaide.mammana@abinfo.com.br

Claudia Forte - Mackenzie Presbyterian University – Brazil – Co Chairman - claudiaforte@terra.com.br

• Alessandra Greatti - CTI - Brazil
• Alexandre Cândido de Paulo - CTI - Brazil
• Débora Mitie Morita - Mackenzie Presbyterian University – Brazil
• Eliezer Baron - Abinfo - Brazil
• João das Neves Fernandes – Perception - Brazil
• Lauren Palmateer – SID - USA
• Manuel Correia - UNIEMP e Rede ANSP – Brazil
• Marco Antonio Bandeira - UNIEMP e Rede ANSP – Brazil
• Ricardo Françoso Martini - Abinfo - Brazil
• Samuel Goldner - ABRACI - Brazil

LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012 is organized by the ABINFO and Mackenzie Presbyterian University.


The official language is English.

The Invited Lectures will be simultaneously translated from Portuguese to English and from English to Portuguese.

Presentations (slides), abstracts, extended abstracts, full papers and posters must be written in English.

Poster presentation should ideally be presented in English, but Portuguese and Spanish will also be accepted.


Alaide Pellegrini Mammana
Associação Brasileira de Informática (ABINFO)
Av. Padre Almeida Garret, 267
13087-290 Campinas - SP Brasil
55 (19) 9773-4383 (mobile)
55 (19) 3203-2100

Claudia Forte
Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie
Rua da Consolação, 896 - Edifício João Calvino - mezanino
01302-907 São Paulo - SP
55 (11) 2114 8186

You can, also, send email directly below.

Who should attend

LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012 offers the participants an exceptional opportunity to experience and discuss state-of-the-art displays and related technologies, as well as exciting new applications. Other technologies that will be discussed, due to their direct relationship to displays, are tablets, touch screens, advanced interfaces (gestural, multimodal, adaptive, etc.), image processing,  lighting (fluorescent lamps, LEDs, OLEDs), organic electronics, solar cells, batteries, nanotechnology, etc. As in previous years, LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012 will be a forum for discovery in these fields and for fostering business connections and cooperation, as it provides plenty of opportunities for networking with several sectors of the industry, research and development and services.

Participants of LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012 can benefit from the technical and scientific program covering the latest state-of-the-art innovations in processing, materials, equipment, software, measurement, qualification, manufacturing, human factors, ergonomics, environmental aspects, applications, market forecasts and strategic and economic evaluation of all the technologies treated in the event.

LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012 is tailored to attract professionals from several areas (research and development; manufacturing; commercialization; advertising; signage; etc.) with specializations that include: engineering, manufacturing and production; scientific and industrial research; education; medical technology and medical physics; creative arts and design; administration and corporate management; information services, media and broadcasting; publishing and journalism; consulting, marketing; retailing, buying and selling; and more.

One can participate at LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012 as a paper contributor, an exhibitor or simply as an attendee.

Paper contributors are invited to present their results in the Technical and Scientific Sessions of LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012, either orally or as posters.

Exhibitors are invited to unveil their cutting edge developments of display and related technologies in an exhibition of prototypes and products, including materials, equipment, instruments, services, etc.

Attendees can benefit of the Technical and Scientific Symposium, listening to the invited lectures and paper presentations, taking part in the Business Meetings, visiting the Exhibition, and attending the DisplayEscola.

Past LatinDisplay

LatinDisplay 2011: Displays in the Southern Hemisphere

by Alaide P. Mammana and Victor P. Mammana

LatinDisplay, the premier Latin American event for displays and related technologies, serves a dual purpose of promoting display technology and the development of the display industry in South America and in Brazil in particular. The most recent LatinDisplay ran in tandem with the Brazilian Congress on Applications of Vacuum Science and Industry (CBRAVIC), an organization that addresses vacuum and plasma science and technology. All these technologies will be represented in an industrial park now being established in Brazil that will incorporate the entire display supply chain. LatinDisplay took place at the Federal University of Itajubá in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in August of 2011, and included a scientific and technical symposium, a business opportunities event, an exhibition, and the popular DisplayEscola (school for displays).
Scientific and Technical Symposium Highlights.

A total of 19 invited lectures and 195 contributed papers were presented at the Symposium. Munisamy Anandan, SID President and CEO of Organic Lighting, started the event with a description of a new technology for backlighting systems that employ ultraviolet LEDs that dispense with color filters. The latest advances in active matrix for LCDs and OLEDs were described by Tolis Voutsas, SID Vice President of the Americas and Director of the Materials and Devices Applications Laboratory of Sharp Labs of America. He compared different amorphous semiconductor technologies and noted that indium/gallium/zinc (IGZO) was a promising material for the next generation of thin-film transistors for active-matrix displays. Shigeo Mikoshiba, Past-President of SID and Professor at the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan, focused on plasma panels (PDPs) and their principles of operation, manufacturing processes and advantages and disadvantages when compared to other display technologies, especially LCDs.

Reflective displays and flexible displays were both highlighted topics at LatinDisplay 2011. Michael McCreary, Vice President of Research and Advanced Development and Global Deputy Chief Technical Officer of E Ink, described recent developments in micro-encapsulated electrophoretic display technology for consumer products and signage applications. Si-Ty Lam, a scientist at HP Labs, in Palo Alto, CA, presented recent results obtained with color reflective displays on an array of thin film transistors (AMTFT backplane).

Other presentations included a lecture on 3-D displays by Adi Abileah, who introduced the principles of stereoscopy and different methods of producing images with depth, and also discussed the strengths and weaknesses of different 3-D systems. Daniel den Engelsen, a visiting scientist at ABINFO and CTI and a visiting professor at the University of Nanjing, China, and Brunel University, England, discussed perspectives and trends in what he called "a revolution in the lighting industry," thanks to the advent of solid-state lamps based on LEDs and also OLED-lamps or lamp-sheets. His market analysis included exceptional opportunities for Brazilian participation. Gregory J. Exarhos, Associate Director of the Chemical and Materials Sciences Division of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, EUA, and Past-President of the American Vacuum Society (AVS), described conjugate property films and how to enhance their performance through design, including transparent and conductive films.

The Brazilian Association of Information Technology (ABINFO) awarded Luis Aguirre, from the University of Cordoba, Argentina, with a cash prize and a certificate for "Best Poster of LatinDisplay 2011/CBRAVIC 2011" for his work on "Pattern formation induced by electrical instabilities in nematic liquid crystals with positive dielectric anisotropy".

Meetings, Field Visits, DisplayEscola, and Exhibition

Two round-table discussions on the Brazilian Industrial Policy for Displays, an initiative to support companies that belong to the production chain of displays, and to attract foreign groups to manufacture displays in partnership with Brazilian companies, took place with the participation of government and display experts. Together they sought to identify the most urgent plans of action.

As part of the event, there was a program of visits to companies and laboratories in the region of Itajubá, as well as to the business incubator of the University of Itajubá. At the manufacturer Nitere, visitors could view the processes developed by the company to make rugged touch-screens, and in the Microelectronics Laboratory of the University of Itajubá, they learned about integrated circuit design for medical applications.

DisplayEscola, now in its fourteenth edition, presented courses on plasma displays, back-light units for LCD, display measurements, and lighting giving by experts in these fields. The school remains the only initiative in the Southern Hemisphere for human-resource training in displays and related technologies.

At the exhibition (Figure 1), companies and institutions exhibited state of the art touch-screens, the latest generation of vacuum pumps, detectors and sensors, instruments and equipment for laboratories, and other display-related technologies.

Fig. 1: A well-attended exhibition was just one component of LatinDisplay's event schedule last August.

LatinDisplay 2011/ XXXII CBRAVIC was organized by the Latin American Chapter of the Society for Information Display (SID), Associação Brasileira de Informática (ABINFO), and the University of Itajubá, MG Brazil. As an event of the Brazilian Network on Displays (BrDisplay), LatinDisplay 2011 is central to supporting the implementation of the Brazilian Industrial Policy proposed by the Federal Government for displays and related technologies. The event was sponsored by the Brazilian Government, with funding from ABDI (Brazilian Agency for the Industrial Development), CNPq (National Research Council), CAPES/Ministry of Education and FAPEMIG (Foundation for Research of Minas Gerais State).

LatinDisplay 2010/IDRC 2010

The world came to Brazil to discuss displays

LatinDisplay 2010, the Latin American annual event on displays and related technologies was held at the Pontifical University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), in São Paulo, Brazil, in November 16 to 19th. This year LatinDisplay was combined with the International Display Research Conference (IDRC 2010) – the first time that IDRC occurred in the Southern Hemisphere.
As an event of the Brazilian Network on Displays (BrDisplay), LatinDisplay 2010 is an important tool to support the implementation of the Brazilian Industrial Policy (Política de Desenvolvimento Produtivo - PDP) proposed by the Federal Government for displays and related technologies. So, the event was sponsored by the Brazilian Government, with funding from BNDES (Brazilian Development Bank), MCT (Ministry of Science and Technology), ABDI (Brazilian Agency for the Industrial Development) and CNPq (National Research Council).
LatinDisplay 2010/IDRC 2010 consisted of a Technical Symposium, an Exhibition, Business Meetings and a DisplayEscola where people could address all aspects of research, engineering, application, evaluation and utilization of displays and related technologies.

The technical sessions began with Margarida Baptista of BNDES giving an overview of the economic and social situation in Brazil, the leading economy in Latin America. She described some of the incentives offered by the Brazilian Government to foreign companies for forming joint ventures with Brazilian companies to manufacture displays in the country.

Figure . Margarida Baptista, from BNDES, presenting “Opportunities for Displays in Brazil” just after the Opening Session

Figure . The audience at a session of the Technical Symposium.

In the Symposium scientists from all over the world presented the latest advances in display technologies, display manufacturing, visual perception, TV and 3D-TV. Other technologies discussed because of their direct relationship to displays were touch screens, solar cells, lighting (fluorescent lamps, LEDs, and OLEDs), organic electronics, batteries, including their materials, processes and equipment. Twenty-three invited lectures were presented (3 from Brazil, 9 from the US, 6 from Europe, 2 from Japan, 1 from China, 1 from Taiwan, 1 from India), and 42 contributed papers were presented orally (7 from the Far East, 1 from Chile and 1 from Argentina), and as posters (6 from the Far East, 1 from Cuba and 26 from Brazil).

Figure . View of a portion of the Poster Session.

Figure . The Poster Session attracted lively participation from the attendees.

The Exhibition was a showcase for companies and R&D institutions to unveil cutting edge developments of display and related technologies by demonstrating prototypes and products. More displays and related devices have been exhibited in each succeeding year at LatinDisplay, with the exhibits attracting more and more attention from the media and the public. The show contributed substantially to the success of the conference by providing networking opportunities, as well as the ability to see and discuss the technical innovations on display. The show was open to the general public, and visitors were not required to registered in order to attend the show.

Figure . View of the LatinDisplay 2010/IDRC 2010 Exhibition.

Figure . Another view of the Exhibition.

The Display Escola (Display School), held November 19 on another campus of PUC, attracted about 35 people to learn more about OLEDs (course taught by Manju Rajeswaran from Kodak, USA), measuring displays (by Adi Abileah, Planar Systems, USA) and visual perception (Ingrid Heynderickx, Philips Research Labs and the Univ. of Delft, The Netherlands).

Figure .Attendees at the DisplayEscola course on OLEDs, given by Manju Rajeswaran, from Kodak, and on Measuring Displays, by Adi Abileah, from Planar Systems.

Figure . Oneday course on Visual Perception given by Ingrid Heynderickx, from the Univ. of Delft and Philips.

The Business Meetings provided a forum to discuss trends and business opportunities in displays and related technologies in Brazil and all of Latin America. It was clear that interest in doing business in Brazil is accelerating, and Brazilians and non-Brazilians could be seen in earnest conversations.

Richard Chang, founder of the Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) in Shanghai, delivered an invited lecture on how the Chinese government is attracting high tech industries to China. His comments excited considerable interest because many members of the audience felt the Chinese model could also apply to Brazil.

The first day also included a roundtable discussion on the impact of displays and the internet on the media. Ken Werner, of Nutmeg Consultants (USA), was the moderator, and he guided the lively discussions. This discussions were introduced by David Barnes (BizWitz LLC, USA) with a lecture entitled “More digital revolutions”. Having a non-technical roundtable was a change of pace for LatinDisplay, and it proved successful.

There were several lectures and papers on 3DTV (Nutmeg Consultants, Planar Systems, KIST and LG), showing how active the display R&D community is in the effort to improve the performance of 3D displays. Bernard Coll, until recently of Motorola, discussed frame-compatible and service-compatible 3DTV formats. He suggested that video processing can be used to improve overall perceived image quality and can improve viewer comfort by avoiding image encoding artifacts.
Paul Gagnon, director of North American TV Research for Display Search, discussed the recovery of the flat-panel industry, but noted that revenues will probably peak in 2010 followed by a gradual decline. This is due in part to the fact that most TV sets are sold at a price of less than US$ 500.00. He also revised his 3D-TV forecast for 2010, announcing that 3D-TV sets will comprise only 1.5% of all sets sold this year.

Digital TV and video coding (Unicamp, Brazil), video quality estimation (Univ. of Brasilia, Brasil), and moving picture quality (LG) were also addressed in the event.

Other lectures presented at LatinDisplay 2010/IDRC 2010 covered electrowetting displays (Liquavista and ITRI), advances in photovoltaics (Moserbaer, India), new reflective displays based on photoluminescence (HP, USA), how Pixel Qi started and what followed (Mary Lou Jepsen), electroluminescent displays and new phosphors (University of Brunel, England), and touch-screens and e-ink (Multek, USA).

Figure . Round Table on “The Impact of Displays and Internet in the Media and Editorial World” coordinated by Ken Werner, from Nutmeg Consultants

Figure . Shunzuke Kobaayahi presenting a prototype of a ferroelectric LCD.

Lighting was also extensively discussed, with lectures on OLED lamps (Novaled and Philips), LEDs (Walsin Lihwa, Taiwan), and new lamp phosphors (University of Brunel, England).

LCDs were also extensively addressed, with a lecture given by Shunsuke Kobayashi (Tokyo University of Science, Japan) on LCDs doped with ferroelectric nanoparticles (he demonstrated a nice prototype), and papers on ferroelectric nanocomposites (Univ. of Chile), blue phases (Infovision Optoelectronics Corp., China, and CTI, Brazil), row-to-row cholesteric LCDs (ITRI) and hexagonal and cellular structures in the nematic state (Univ. Córdoba, Argentina). Researchers from several universities and from CTI presented papers on materials, processes and nanotubes, while CTI also presented a new low-cost educational touch display.

Manufacturing was also addressed, with lectures given by Birendra Bahadur (Rockwell Collins) on a display lamination technology and by Don Carkner (CH2M Hill) on LCD and OLED manufacturing.
The Brazilian Association for Informatics (ABINFO) sponsored an award for “The Best Paper of LatinDisplay 2010/IDRC 2010.” The winner was a paper on the resolution and power-consumption benefits of four-primary color displays, presented by Yasuhiro Yoshida from Sharp.

The attendees seemed to find the content interesting, the lectures of high quality, the Q&A sessions lively, and the single-track format engaging. In any case, the greater part of the 240 participants elected to stay inside the lecture hall most of the time.

LatinDisplay 2010/IDRC 2010 also offered a cultural program consisting of a presentation of the Berimbau Orchestra, conducted by Dinho Nascimento. This was a special night for people to celebrate friendship by hearing Brazilian music and dancing the samba.

More details about LatinDisplay 2010/IDRC 2010 can be seen at http://www.brdisplay.com.br/latindisplay.

Figure .The award for “Best Contributed Paper of LatinDisplay 2010/IDRC 2010” was given to Yasuhiro Yoshida, from Sharp.

Figure . Berimbau Orchestra at LatinDisplay 2010/IDRC 2010.

The driving forces behind LatinDisplay 2010/IDRC 2010 were Victor P. Mammana (CTI/MCT, Brazil), General Chairman; Adi Abileah (Planar Systems), Program Chairman; and Daniel den Engelsen (Abinfo, Brazil), Program Co-Chairman. Without their exceptional energy and stimulating leadership, LatinDisplay/IDRC/2010 would not have been possible.

LatinDisplay 2010/IDRC 2010 was organized by the Latin-American Chapter of the Society for Information Display(SID), ABINFO and the Pontifícal Catholic University of S. Paulo (PUC–SP).
The conference’s single-track format encouraged wide-ranging discussions and cross-fertilization between scientists and industry experts, stimulated new research relationships, attracted those new to the field and continued to foster business connections and cooperation.

Ken Werner (Nutmeg Consultants) and
Alaide P. Mammana (LatinAmerican SID Chapter)

LatinDisplay 2009

by Daniel den Engelsen

LatinDisplay 2009, the premier Society for Information Display conference in the Southern Hemisphere, took place in São Paulo, Brazil, on November 16–19, 2009. The venue for the third annual event was the Perdizes campus of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), where the organizers held a symposium with oral presentations, a poster session, and an exhibition run in parallel to the conference. The Display Escola (Display School), a special program for those who wanted to learn more about displays, took place on November 19 at another campus of PUC, having about 35 people in attendance.

LatinDisplay 2009 had approximately 280 participants over the 3 days – a record for this conference. LatinDisplay has definitely come of age as a member of the family of SID conferences. There are several reasons behind this growing popularity. First, LatinDisplay has a unique conference formula; it is basically a one-track conference with no parallel sessions, featuring oral presentations by famous display experts from all over the world. Second, the speakers are carefully selected and instructed to present topics in a way that will be of interest to a broad audience of attendees, including students, company managers, university professors, bankers, and government authorities, as well as experts from display-related institutes and industries.

The highlighted areas at LatinDisplay 2009 were OLEDs, e-Readers, and displays for medical applications. Apart from a gripping lecture by Dr. Manju Rajeswaran, Senior Scientist at Kodak, on the analysis of OLED materials, the focus on OLEDs was on lighting applications. Dr. Gopalan Rajeswaran, Vice President of Moser Baer, reviewed recent developments in organic solid-state lighting and Dr. Tom Munters, Product Manager at Philips Lighting for OLED-based lighting, described Philips's activities in this field.

Ken Werner, Senior Analyst at Insight Media, described the developments in the field of e-paper, notably e-Readers. The avalanche of products now on the market demonstrates that e-paper technology is maturing.

The third highlight was a presentation from Dr. Adi Abileah, Chief Scientist at Planar Systems, on displays for medical applications. His presentation was also the perfect introduction for a subsequent panel discussion on displays and information systems for healthcare and hospitals. That discussion featured Ken Werner, John Jacobs of DisplaySearch, Gabriel Marcu of Apple Computers, Adi Abileah, and Cecil Cho of USP in Brazil.

In addition to these highlights, there were many other invited lectures with content that was of interest to specialists as well as a broad audience. The lively Q&A sessions after the presentations showed that audience members were highly engaged. Perhaps LatinDisplay's successful, one-track formula is ready to be copied by other chapters of the SID.

It should be noted that a second attractor for LatinDisplay is the current policy of the Brazilian government to attract the display industry to Brazil to counteract a trade deficit of about US$2 billion due to huge panel imports. The policy and financial instruments that are available in Brazil to attract display-related industry were presented by Dr. Margarida Baptista of the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social" (BNDES) and by Dr. Pedro Alem of the Agencia Brasileira de Desenvolvimento Industrial (ABDI).

The poster session during LatinDisplay 2009 (40 posters in total) was a good opportunity for young scientists to show their newest results in supporting technologies for displays, solar cells, and lighting. Awards were given for both the best student and non-student posters.

The exhibition parallel to LatinDisplay 2009 was modest, with only 16 booths. Nevertheless, the central location of the venue supported networking activities between the participants, and for this reason the exhibition was an attractive place to show services and products.

Finally, the hospitality of the Brazilians, especially the hostess of LatinDisplay 2009, Professor Alaide Pellegrini Mammana, amid the warm Brazilian culture, once again provided the finishing touch to a successful LatinDisplay.

Please visit the Web site of LatinDisplay 2009 to learn about forthcoming LatinDisplay conferences at http://www.brdisplay.com.br/latindisplay. LatinDisplay 2010 has been scheduled for November 16-19. Alaide and Victor Pelligrini Mammana look forward to welcoming you to Brazil for the next and most exciting LatinDisplay yet.

LatinDisplay 2008

LatinDisplay 2008 was held in Campinas (Brazil) from November 17-20, 2008 at the Hotel Nacional Inn in Campinas, where we had the Symposium with oral presentations, a Poster Session and an Exhibition, on November 17-19, and the Display Escola (Display School) on November 20 for people who wanted to learn more about displays.

The number of participants was 228, the majority from the State of São Paulo, viz. 153, 40 came from other States of Brazil and 35 participants came from abroad, the largest group being from the USA (12). Figure 1. shows a picture of the Opening Session of LatinDisplay 2008.

Invited speakers (23) from Brazil, USA, Netherlands, India, Italy, Finland, Germany, Japan and Singapore presented the following lectures:

  • Ana Flávia Nogueira (Unicamp) on “Dye-sensitized solar cells”
  • Anis Fadul (Corning) on “LCD & photovoltaic market outlook”
  • Bernard Coll (Motorola) on “3D-options for mobile displays”
  • Dick Henze (HP) on “Challenges and Approaches for Color Reflective Displays”
  • Gary McGuire (ITC) on “Field Emission Displays”
  • Gopalan Rajeswaran (Moserbaer) on “Solar cell market and technology”
  • Ingrid Heynderickx (Delft University) on “Color rendering on displays: what are the challenges”
  • John Feenstra (Liquavista) on “Liquavista® displays for mobile multimedia applications”
  • John Jacobs (DisplaySearch) on “Display market and trends”
  • Jose Lunazzi (Unicamp) on “Estereoscópio com tela holográfica para tomografia”
  • Jyrki Kimmel (Nokia) on “Present and emerging mobile multimedia display technology”
  • Manju Rajeswaran (Eastman Kodak) on “An analytical perspective on OLED materials development at Eastman Kodak Company”
  • Marco Cremona (Inmetro) on “Metrology in Inmetro for displays”
  • Margarida Baptista (BNDES) on “Brazil: the alternative for the display industry”
  • Norbert Fruehauf (Stuttgart University) on “Active matrix technologies for AMOLEDs and flexible displays”
  • Norio Karube (LEMI) on “Fundamentals of Full Body Cleavage of Glass by Laser Induced Thermal Stress”
  • Peter Opdahl (Ito Corp.) on “Key concepts, issues and trends in display interconnects”
  • Ricardo Teixeira (CERTI) on “Digital TV technologies – Driving new display needs in Brazil”
  • Stefano Tominetti (SAES Getters) on “Getter solutions for displays”
  • Teresa Atvars (Unicamp) on “Studies on Polymer OLEDs”
  • Victor Mammana (CTI) on “Using tablets for education in digital desks”
  • Xiaowei Sun (Nanyang University) on “ZnO and its applications in displays”

The quality of these presentations was excellent and the ample discussions after the lectures showed the interest and the participation of the audience. This was the best compliment to the lecturers, indicating that they were able to present their material in a comprehensible way to many non-experts in the audience. The leading display technologies and applications were presented and the lectures gave an excellent view on the state-of-the-art and what can be expected on short notice.

The lectures on Monday November 17, numbered1-5 in the list above, focused on markets and market opportunities for display industry in Brazil. The day culminated in a round table discussion, chaired by Ken Werner (InsightMedia). The lectures of Jyrki Kimmel, Gopalan Rajeswaran, Margarida Baptista, Anis Fadul and John Jacobs were an excellent warming-up for this discussion. As in previous events, the theme was again how Brazil could attract manufacturing industry in the field of displays and solar cells. Apart from Dr Margarida Baptista two other members of the Brazilian “Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social” (BNDES), as well as a representative of the “Agência Brasileira para o Desenvolvimento Industrial” (ABDI) participated in the panel discussions. BNDES is a federal public bank that is associated to the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil; one of the objectives of the bank is long-term financing of innovative start-up companies resulting in the creation of high quality jobs in Brazil. During the lively discussions some interesting ideas were presented that will receive follow-up from a special working group that was established by the Brazilian Government within the framework of a recent Federal Industrial Policy to stimulate/start industrial activities on displays in Brazil.

From an industrial point of view the role of Latin America is insignificant in the Display Scene: the center of gravity of display production is in the Far East, whereas the new innovations on 3D-displays and flexible displays are largely coming from Europe and the USA. However, in applications Latin America is playing a role. The highlight is the digital student desk equipped with PC and tablet: this is a Brazilian innovation, which is gaining momentum now in Brazil and also abroad. This student desk received a great deal of attention at LatinDisplay 2008 during the lecture of Dr Victor Mammana and at the exhibition parallel to the symposium.

Whilst it is tempting to comment on other presentations as well, because the interesting points they raised, it is not practical to do this. Nevertheless it is important to mention that this formula for conferences and round table represents one of the best means of informing on new trends and technologies for displays on a seminar level, with the Brazilian ambiance providing the finishing touch !

In the poster session 50 posters were presented and the best student poster was awarded. Figure 2 shows a picture of the Poster Session.

At the Exhibition 15 exhibitors showed their products and services. Figure 3 shows a picture of the Exhibition.

On November 20, in the wake of the conference, there were 25 participants in the DisplayEscola (School). This activity was organized by the Associação Brasileira de Informática (ABINFO), whose objectives are to promote and develop human friendly and environmentally friendly technology in Brazil and worldwide. The digital student desks were also used during this display school as can be seen in Figure 4.

Daniel den Engelsen
Program Chairman of LatinDisplay 2008

Figura 1. Opening ceremony of LatinDisplay 2008.

Figure 1. Opening ceremony of LatinDisplay 2008.

Figura 2. Part of the poster session at LatinDisplay 2008

Figure 2. View of the poster session at LatinDisplay 2008

Figura 3. Exhibition parallel to LatinDisplay 2008

Figure 3. Exhibition parallel to LatinDisplay 2008

Figura 4. Students of the Display School of LatinDisplay 2008 working at the Digital Student Desk equipped with the Brazilian digital tablet.

Figure 4. Students of the Display School of LatinDisplay 2008 working at the Digital Student Desk equipped with the Brazilian digital tablet.

LatinDisplay 2007

The Nacional Inn Hotel in Campinas hosted from November 12-14, 2007 “LatinDisplay 2007”, an international conference on displays and display technology.

An event of the Latin American SID Chapter, of the Brazilian Network on Displays (BrDisplay Network) and of the Ibero American Network on Displays, this conference was a merge between info-display meetings and display seminars organized over the past 14 years in Ibero America. The conference was organized by the Associação Brasileira de Informática (ABINFO), a cooperative association for R&D on displays and other fields of expertise, together with Centro de Tecnologia da Informação (CTI).

With 189 participants from several countries, 170 from Latin America, 9 from the USA, 6 from Europe, 2 from Taiwan, 1 from China and 1 from India, the event comprehended the presentation of invited lectures given by experts (19) from all the world, a session of contributed papers presented as posters (50) and an Exhibition with 16 exhibitors.

Being the center of gravity for the display industry in the Far East, notably Taiwan, Japan, Korea and China, with a turnover of more than 100 billion US-dollars, why organize an international conference on display technology in Brazil? One of the reasons is the growing deficit in the trade balance of Brazil in the field of electronic devices. Brazil had a display manufacturing activity for a long time, notably on cathode ray tubes. This manufacturing activity has stopped recently because of the declining sales for cathode ray tubes. The assault of flat panel displays based on liquid crystal and plasma technology is irreversible and it has already wiped out the cathode ray tube industry in the Far East, Europe and North America. The price of TV-sets with liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and plasma display panels (PDPs) has been dropping in recent years by approximately 25% per year making them affordable for many people in Latin America. This trend in displays will substantially contribute to the unfavorable trade balance between Latin America and the Far East on high tech devices. One of the objectives of Latin Display 2007 was to address this trend and what initiatives are needed in Latin America, notably Brazil, in dealing with this economic development.

In addition to discussing economic aspects, the conference offered ideal opportunities for the participants to extend their network, exchange information, consider cooperation and so on. These latter aspects were reinforced by a small exhibition parallel to the conference. Some institutes such as the Campinas-based Centro de Tecnologia da Informação (CTI) and the ABINFO, Brazilian and foreign companies provided information on their display-related activities and showed their products and prototypes.

Various lectures given during the conference dealt with the dominance of the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) technology emphasizing that LCDs will be the most important display technology in the coming decade, because of adequate picture quality and low cost. Much attention was also paid to an emerging technology, the Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs), which is already applied in cellular phones, but is now also applied in an 11 inch TV, to be introduced in the market by Sony next month. The picture quality of OLEDs is surprisingly good and many experts expect that OLEDs will be cheaper than LCDs in the future. However, that will depend largely on the economy of scale, since it requires that the complete production chain for OLEDs must be in place.

Display experts from all over the world gave lectures, which provided a unique survey on the broad spectrum of display technologies. The keynote address was presented by Dr. Margarida Batista of the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES) of Brazil, who gave an intriguing lecture on investing in Brazil: “Brazil: a promising place to invest”.

LatinDisplay 2007 offered ample time for brainstorming and discussing initiatives for creating industrial display activities in Latin America, mainly Brazil. In the afternoon of November 12 there was a lively round table discussion between economists and technical experts. Two excellent lectures served as warming up for this round table discussion, the first by Dr. Samuel Chung, until recently working as CTO in KODAK, on the critical success factors of the display industry, and the second by Dr. Baptista (BNDES), who explained the financial tools and the support of BNDES for starting new activities and companies. Due to an emergency Dr. Chung could not attend the conference, but he was “on line” present via skype, including webcams, and the audience could interact with him directly. This was an interesting demonstration of modern communication technology.

According to Dr. Chung, one of the main characteristics of the display industry is long term vision, which requires a long term investment plan: this is opposite to the current impatient behavior of investors. Other critical success factors of the display industry are critical mass and cooperation along the production chain. Since Brazil and other countries outside Far East region have neither a large “display mass”, nor a sufficiently well developed production chain for LCDs, PDPs or OLEDs, the inevitable conclusion is that Brazil and these other countries need international cooperation to start display manufacturing activities. On the other hand, there are plenty opportunities for creative entrepreneurs in Latin America for special display applications, which do not depend on massive investments in LCD-fabs.

A nice example of such an opportunity was given by Dr. Victor Mammana, head of the display group of CenPRA, in his lecture presenting a new tablet. A versatile input device for computers, this particular tablet, based on a thin layer of tin oxide on a glass plate, is a good example of a Brazilian innovation, ready to be introduced into the market. We are used to the traditional key board and mouse as input devices; however, a tablet presents a more natural way for inputting drawings, graphs and other data. Besides individual use, a tablet offers new opportunities in schools, for teaching basic disciplines like arithmetic, writing and language but also to assist children developing their creativity. At the exhibition a new student desk to support working with large size tablets of about 50x40cm2 were shown (Figure 1. and Figure 2.). This desk will be used by 4000 students in Serrana, a city of 40000 in the State of São Paulo; the prototypes were built in CIATEC (Companhia de Alta Tecnologia de Campinas) of Municipal Government of Campinas, where ABINFO is located.

Fig. 1. A student desk with an innovative touch screen based on a thin film of tin oxide was shown in the booth of City of Serrana at LatinDisplay 2007 Exhibition.

Figure 1. A student desk with an innovative touch screen based on a thin film of tin oxide was shown in the booth of City of Serrana at LatinDisplay 2007 Exhibition.

Fig. 2. Larry Weber, President of SID, is testing the student desk in the booth of City of Serrana at LatinDisplay 2007 Exhibition.

Figure 2. Larry Weber, President of SID, is testing the student desk in the booth of City of Serrana at LatinDisplay 2007 Exhibition.

LatinDisplay 2007 received a great deal of attention from the Brazilian media due to the high tech content of displays. Eight Brazilian TV-channels showed pictures and interviews with organizers and participants of the conference in prime time. Also various Brazilian newspapers reported on this conference.

Because of the broad scope of LatinDisplay 2007 various new business contacts were established and new opportunities for R&D were discussed and may get a follow up. This is a feather in the cap of the organizers of an interesting and stimulating conference.

Daniel den Engelsen
Program Chairman of LatinDisplay 2007