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Seminar Archive - 2006

May 17, 2006, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: John DiLoreto, Contributing Writer to Insight Media 
Title: Comparative HDTV Display Technologies: Is Your HDTV Is Too Small? — How to overcome WAF* in right-sizing your next HDTV — (*Wife Acceptance Factor)

Abstract: After a half-century reign, the CRT has been overthrown as a direct view or rear projection display in a market now dominated by pixel-based varieties. How does the latest in CRT technology compare with LCD, plasma, PDP, DLP, HTPS, and LCOS? We will review their relative strengths and weakness as large-screen HD displays with respect to size, image quality and pricing. In addition, we will examine more-detailed components of image quality, including potential for future improvement. Furthermore, what does resolution mean with respect to optimum image size in the living room? And finally, we will discuss how image “information content” versus “resolution” helps explain why some displays are perceived as better than others.

Speaker Background: John DiLoreto has 25 years in the Silicon Valley high-tech industry, the last 12 years in displays, image processing and image transmission. His industry innovations include the introduction of the first intelligent medical image processing system, as well as other innovations in large-scale displays. As co-founder of Jenmar Visual Systems, he holds key patents in refractive screen technology and led its commercialization into a number of markets, with installations that include such demanding locations as Nasdaq, the New York and Tokyo Stock Exchanges and in the F/A-18 fighter aircraft.

Mr. DiLoreto's operating experience has encompassed development, manufacturing, finance, strategic relations, administration, sales and marketing. In several startups, his expertise has been tapped to develop strategic customers and manufacturing partners in the U.S. and overseas. Currently, he is a regular contributor to Insight Media newsletters and reports, bringing top-level analytical and business skills. 

Mr. DiLoreto holds EE degrees from M.I.T. and U.C. Berkeley, as well as an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

April 13, 2006, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Serdar Yeralan, Sr. Engineer at Perkin Elmer Optoelectronics 
Title: Technology Developments Enhancing the Home Viewing Experience 

Abstract: To obtain the full color richness that the cinematic world requires, xenon based light sources has been the product of choice. However, the consumer market has not been able to enjoy the same image quality in their home. Xenon based projectors have been too expensive and loud. 

Due to advancements in material science, manufacturing, electronics and coating capabilities this is no longer the case. PerkinElmer is in the process of revolutionizing the industry with its new set of lamp, optical engine and ballast design. The new product offering has been designed so consumers can now enjoy the cinematic experience, ie picture quality and color fidelity that xenon has to offer with out spending a fortune.

This presentation will cover a discussion on the technology developments in the light source and optical engine enabling consumers to experience Cinematic color in their home.

Speaker Background: Dr. Yeralan's education was based on Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics. His earlier career was concentrated on laser based optical diagnostics system developments. He later worked as a Sr. Fiberoptic Scientist at a Silicon Valley telecom company that developed highly integrated optical components based on planar waveguide platform and Holographic Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal technology. He is currently working as a Sr. Engineer at PerkinElmer Optoelectronics and is concentrated on Cermax Video System Integration. His background in optics, spectroscopy, heat transfer, and system design/packaging has been well appreciated in his current endeavors.

March 16, 2006, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Ken Tompkins, Analyst with Insight Media 
Title: Cultural Factors in the Global Display Industry 

Abstract: This talk will cover how Asian companies are handling the transition from low cost manufacturing to product design. Moreover, North East Asian countries like Korea and Japan are very different from Taiwan and Mainland China. The differences have broad implications on what role these countries’ manufacturers will play in the display industry. US manufacturers must understand the basics of these implications in order to be most effective in partnering with these firms.

Speaker Background: Ken Tompkins is Projection Market Analyst at Insight Media. Ken analyses front and rear projection TV markets for Insight. Previously, Ken worked for Optoma Technology, a leading display technologies manufacturer, where he was a Product Manager, responsible for researching new business and sales opportunities in the projection and TV markets. 

He also acted as the company's spokesperson, generating buzz around new products and created novel ways of demonstrating new products to consumers. Having held positions at Market One Associates as a Sales Lead Analysts and at Burson-Marstellar as a Client Executive, he brings added PR and sales experience to Insight Media. Ken is also an expert in database administration, data analysis and information technology, having held positions as a Database Marketing Manager at De Anza College and Corporate Director of MIS at Gemini Incorporated. Ken holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from USC, a Master's degree in Regional Studies - East Asia from Harvard University and a Bachelor's degree in European History from Hamilton College. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has lived and worked in China and Taiwan. 

February 9, 2006, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Arthur Berman, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, LightMaster Systems 
Title: Optical Engine for LCoS Microdisplay 

Abstract: The rational for the product developed by LMS lies with the fact that, although LCOS provides a very attractive basis for a HDTV product and many companies have designed, built and shown good looking prototypes, until recently there have been few products in the marketplace. We concluded that one major reason for the absence of LCOS products was the difficulty in aligning and compensating microdisplays when these tasks were undertaken in high volume manufacturing.

To address these practical problems, LMS designed and is now in production of a light management system (which we call a Photon Processor) that integrates the microdisplays and all of the optical components needed to create the video image.

In this way, with the LMS Photon Processor as the starting point, a wide range of companies can design and produce a good looking LCOS based HDTV for a modest development cost, in a reduced time frame and with a greatly increased prospect that the project will yield a satisfactory product.

The presentation will include a discussion of the innovative means by which LMS solved these manufacturing problems. 

Speaker Background: With a Ph.D. in physics from Kent State University, Dr. Berman has specialized in the business and science of liquid crystal technologies. The early part of his career was spent in developing commercial display products in the United States at companies including Beckman Instruments, Motorola and Ladcor and in developing LCD manufacturing facilities in Asia and Eastern Europe. Activities in the middle part of his career focused on developing military systems and commercial 3D devices based on liquid crystals. This phase included employment at Optical Shields and Kaiser Electronics. More recently, Berman has specialized in development and production of video projection and LCOS related products.

January 19 , 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Fred Hammett, President of International Marketing & Distribution 
Title: The landscape of HDTV after CES2006 -- more rear projection microdisplay televisions?

Abstract: The Speaker Will talk about what's new for HDTV & what steps were taken at CES2006, and what 2006 looks like. The hurdles that the technologies; DLP, HTPS, and LCOS have been through in the past twenty years, and the reasons that these technologies are finally taking off in the marketplace. The problems that they faced, and what it has taken to overcome them. What is their future, and how will they take advantage of the opportunities afforded them. How RPTV will position itself against PDP and LCD.

Speaker Background: Fred Hammett is Founder and President of IMAD, International Marketing and Distribution, set up to help companies bridge the span between North America and Asia in new technologies, it’s development and distribution, most specifically in “supply chain” for Display and Image handling! Fred has held a number of executive positions with companies in the various technologies over many years, the last nine years in Information and Image Display. He spent his first twenty years in various management positions with Hewlett-Packard, and has since been working with and/or heading up turn-arounds and start ups. Fred has been working in the Asian arena for over twenty-five years.