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BEST IN SHOW AWARDS

Best In Show Awards

In 2010, the Society for Information Display initiated an exciting new industry honor, the Best in Show awards, highlighting the most significant new products and technologies shown on the exhibit floor during Display Week. "The exhibition at SID's Display Week has often been the initial showcase for some of the most important new product developments and technological innovations of the display industry," said Bob Melcher, former Chairman of the SID Display Awards Committee. For the “Best in Show” awards, an unbiased panel will recognize the exhibits demonstrating the most significant products and developments presented on the exhibit floor at Display Week 2016.



For 2016, an independent panel of display experts will once again review those products, prototypes, and processes nominated for the awards on the show floor, and the winners will be selected for their ability to excite not only display experts, but the general public and press as well. SID will promote local, national, and international press coverage for the prize winners.
This competition will be open to all exhibitors on the show floor during Display Week 2016. Prizes will be awarded regardless of exhibit size. This will allow exhibitors of all sizes to compete. Self-nominations are encouraged! Details of the awards criteria follow.

Nomination forms are due no later than May 1, 2016. Download nomination form for Best in Show Award

Award Evaluation

The Best in Show award is intended to honor the most significant advances in display technology and systems, products, prototypes, and manufacturing processes presented by exhibitors during Display Week.
The award committee will evaluate the exhibit based on timeliness and significance to the display industry of the products, prototypes, processes, and technologies exhibited.


Selection and Presentation

The Display Industry Awards committee of SID will select the 2016 Best in Show award winners based on the self-nomination forms available to all organizations exhibiting during Display Week 2016 and on an onsite review of the nominated exhibits. Final selection will be done at the actual exhibition. Blue Ribbon awards will be presented to the winners at the SID Awards Lunch on Wednesday during Display Week. (The winners will be informed on Tuesday night, prior to the lunch on Wednesday). Winners will be encouraged to mount the blue ribbons in a visible location in their exhibit booths. Engraved bronze plaques will be provided to the winners after Display Week.

If you have any questions about the Best in Show awards, please contact:

Danielle Rocco
Palisades Convention Management
411 Lafayette Street, Suite 201
New York, NY 10003
Fax: 212.460.5460
drocco@pcm411.com


2015 Award Winners

Large Exhibit Category: 
BOE Technology Group for its 82-in. 10K display BOE Technology Group won an award in the Large-Exhibit Category for its 82-in. 10K display. This is the second year in a row the company has won in the large exhibit category – last year BOE received the award for an 8K display. According to Information Display Contributing Editor Steve Sechrist, this year’s 10240 × 4320 pixel display (in 21:9 format) was a one-off created to demonstrate the cutting edge of high-resolution capabilities. The panel uses a direct-LED-backlit scheme. Pixel addressing is done from both top and bottom, using a standard a-Si backplane. The end result, notes Sechrist, is stunning imagery. BOE says work is on-going to modify the technology and prepare it for commercial release in the (not too distant) future.
Medium Exhibit Category: 
AUO for its 1.4-in. full-circle AMOLED AUO won an award in the medium-exhibit category, also for the second year in a row, but this time for its 1.4-in. full-circle AMOLED. This ultra-slim and light display, which features a resolution of 400 × 400, wide color gamut, and low power consumption, was acknowledged for its ability to meet upcoming trends in wearable devices. AUO has successfully mass produced these circular displays, applying special cut and driver-IC designs to create a full circular shape. To help meet demand for low power consumption in wearable devices, AUO is leveraging the self-emissive nature of AMOLED displays in combination with its self-developed driver circuit to achieve more than two times the duration of other smartwatches currently on the market. AUO has also designed 1.5- and 1.6-in. square AMOLED displays as well as many other types of LCD products to meet ongoing wearable demands.

Nippon Electric Glass (NEG) for its ultra-thin G-Leaf glass Also winning in the medium-exhibit category was Nippon Electric Glass (NEG) for its ultra-thin G-Leaf glass. G-Leaf is less than 0.2 mm (200 μm) thick. It is created through overflow technology and maintains the advantages and reliability of glass but in a film state. By reducing thickness and weight, NEG has created an environmentally friendly design option in terms of material conservation, smaller carbon footprint, and green processes. This is a material with a great deal of potential for the next generation of applications including electronics, energy, medical supplies, and lighting.
Small Exhibit Category 
Fogale Sensation for its simultaneous touch and high-range hovering technology Fogale Sensation won an award in the small-exhibit category for its simultaneous touch and high-range hovering technology (Fig. 5). This technology brings additional functionality to the human–machine interface by adding multi-hovering capabilities (detection of fingers above the screen) and edge interaction capabilities (detection of fingers on the side of devices) to state-of-the-art multi-touch technology, without the need for any extra sensor. By combining the power of an integrated circuit with extremely accurate signal-processing software, the Sensation platform enables a new world of interactions, first with portable devices such as smartphones and tablets and soon with any connected surface. This z-dimension works up to 5 cm away (10 cm for hand gestures) from the touch screen or pad.
 
Nanosys for its quantum-dot TVs.Nanosys’s Display Week demonstration included three matched 65-in. UHD TVs. Each of the sets used the same color filters, underlying LEDs and direct-lit backlight structures. They were also driven at the same settings from the same content. The only difference was in the phosphor used to create white light in the backlight. These were: conventional white LEDs, Nanosys’s Quantum-Dot-Enhancement Film, and Nanosys’ Cadmium-Free Quantum-Dot- Enhancement Film. The differences in color performance without noticeable brightness loss were striking. Rec.2020 color-gamut coverage ranged from <60% for the white LED set to ~75% for the set with cadmium-free quantum dots to >90% for the set with quantum dots. This demonstration showed that cadmium-based quantum dots have a significant performance advantage over other phosphor materials and that Rec.2020 is achievable today.

2014 Award Winners

Large Exhibit Category: 
LG Display for its UD OLED TVs LG Display received a Best-in-Show award in the Large Exhibit Category for its UD OLED TVs (Fig. 3). LG has shown a real commitment to OLED TVs, as commented upon by roving reporter Steve Sechrist in his Display Week Review on TVs in this issue. Said Sechrist: “LG is expanding its OLED TV line-up and showed 65- and 77-in. curved UHD sets and non-curved OLED sets in its large booth at Display Week.” At the show, LG said the two larger sets were slated for commercial shipment later in 2014. The company also said it was moving to a more efficient curved AMOLED 55-in. set with a new FHD model (55EB9600) that incorporates a low-power approach. At press time, LG had just launched the new 55-in. set.

BOE for its 8K x 4K display BOE Technology Group won an award in the Large Exhibit Category for its 8K × 4K QUHD (quad ultra-high-definition display) (Fig. 2). This 98-in. LCD has a resolution of 7680 × 4320 and a brightness of 500 nits. This panel is designed to provide a very-high-quality immersive experience for viewers, based on its size, image quality, and color reproduction.


Medium Exhibit Category:
 

AUO for its WQHD ultra high-resolution smartphone displays AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) won a Best-in-Show award in the Medium Exhibit Category for its WQHD ultra-high-resolution smartphone LCD panels (Fig. 4). AUO’s 6-in. WQHD smartphone display employs AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) technology and LTPS production and has a resolution of 1440 × 2560 with 490 ppi. Also adopting AHVA technology and LTPS production, AUO’s 5.5-in. WQHD smartphone display has a pixel density of 538 ppi, allowing for a more accurate presentation of Web content and sharper character display. The WQHD displays are designed especially to handle high-resolution video.
Small Exhibit Category 
Nanosys for its Dolby-teamed true-to-life display experience with high dynamic range and wide color gamut Nanosys won for its true-to-life display experience with high dynamic range and wide color gamut (made in partnership with Dolby). For Display Week, the two companies teamed up to create a first-of-its-kind 32-in. display that demonstrates the impact of Dolby Vision content by using Quantum Dot Enhancement Film from Nanosys (Fig. 6). The award winning display from Nanosys and Dolby features 16 F-stops of dynamic range, peak light output of 2000 nits, and DCI-P3 color-gamut coverage – all without drawing significantly more power than a standard TV, thanks to the quantum-dot-enhanced backlight. TVs featuring Dolby Vision technology are expected to be available for retail purchase later this year.
 
GroGlass for its AR-coated glass and acrylic that virtually eliminates reflectionGroGlass won an award in the Small Exhibit Category for its AR-coated glass and acrylic that virtually eliminate reflection. The company’s exhibit at Display Week was a real attention-getter. The left-hand section of the display that incorporated the GroGlass product, as shown in Fig. 5, was so transparent it seemed like there was no glass whatsoever covering the butterfly. GroGlass offers its anti-reflective coating in sheets up to 124 × 88 in. The coating is made of multiple metal oxide layers that are applied to glass or acrylic. In addition, there is a special top coating that makes the glass or acrylic highly durable, more scratch resistant, and easier to clean.

2013 Award Winners

Large Exhibit Category: 3M for its quantum dot color enhancement film

Medium Exhibit Category: E Ink for its three-pigment electronic-paper display

Small Exhibit Category: Cima NanoTech for its self-assembling silver nanoparticle mesh technology
  Universal Display Corporation for its borderless flexible OLED lighting

2012 Award Winners

  • Dimenco for its unique eye-tracking, auto-adjusting stereo 3D display and large-area, multiple-view 4Kx2K display
  • Fraunhofer IPMS-COMEDD for its AMOLED microdisplay with integrated photosensor
  • LG Display for its 55-inch AMOLED TV with white OLEDs and oxide backplane in a thin form factor
  • Ocular LCD Inc. for its 17.0-inch Crystal Touch: TRUE Multi-Touch projected capacitive touch panel that supports 16 simultaneous touch points
  • Samsung for its 55-inch AMOLED TV with RGB OLEDs and LTPS backplane, and Smart DualView feature

2011 Award Winners

  • Samsung for its 70-inch ultra-definition 240Hz 2D-3D LCD panel
  • RealD for its RDZ 3D displays that deliver full-resolution HD 3D images utilizing passive 3D glasses
  • Nanosys for its display demonstration comparing a 47-inch quantum dot-enabled display against a standard TV (sRGB)

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