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Appendix V - United States Display Consortium


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Appendix V - United States Display Consortium

  1. 1. Appendix V - United States Display Consortium (Source: Company Description The United States Display Consortium (USDC) was established in July of 1993 as a partnership created from public and private industry. The Consortium provides a neutral forum for flat panel manufacturers, developers, users, equipment, and material suppliers. Mission USDC's mission is to develop the flat panel display supply chain and support a world-class competitive display industry. The consortium accomplishing this mission by: • Supporting and developing an infrastructure for supply of next generation process equipment, materials and components to the worldwide markets; • Analyzing, benchmarking, and reporting on commercial and military market trends and opportunities; • Presenting member views on issues such as public policy and standards; • Providing opportunities for member participation in technical and financial forums; • Fostering international cooperation among display makers, integrators, and equipment materials and components suppliers; • Facilitating and leveraging relationships between member companies and academic communities; and • Promoting innovation and opportunities in display applications through various media outlets. Technical Mission USDC's technical mission is to develop the supply chain required to enable the manufacturing of most flat panel display technology options. R&D projects are supported for the development and commercialization of innovative new equipment and process technology for front-end and back-end manufacturing process steps; of new materials required to produce displays; of procured components required for display fabrication; and for software, hardware and design analysis for factory automation and CIM operation. Technical Agenda Operations The members of the USDC Technical Council establish the content and priority for the elements of the technical program. They have maintained an emphasis on creating next generation capability in manufacturing for most major display technology options, while assuring optimized cost-of-ownership. Member companies provide corporate resources to lead and to staff the project teams responsible for: • Request for Proposal topics and target requirements
  2. 2. • Proposal selection • Defining the statement of work in concert with the chosen supplier • Development program oversight • Beta-site evaluation of the developed equipment/materials The Technical Project Process USDC has developed a comprehensive program to address the manufacturing supply chain requirements of the FPD industry. Project teams formed by the USDC Technical Council and Chief Technical Officer issue Request for Proposals. Contracts for awards are selected from the submitted proposals based upon factors such as innovation, level of risk, cost effectiveness, performance history and the ability to provide a substantial cost. Approval by share, with both the USDC Technical Council and the Governing Board is required for all awards. Projects focus on the manufacturing needs of common direct view display technology types including LCD, EL, PDP, FED, OLED, and also projection and microdisplays. FPD Industry Roadmaps & Manufacturing Standards Two activities that are closely coupled to the USDC technical development projects are the creation of FPD industry roadmaps and the establishment of critical manufacturing standards. Six working groups of display manufacturers (LCD, EL, FED, PDP, OLED and projection) and six groups covering key display manufacturing processes, all comprised of personnel from USDC member companies, are responsible for accumulating data on current capability and unmet needs and making their best projections of technology and manufacturing trends over the next three to five years. These analyses serve as one input to the creation of the roadmaps. USDC also acquires data, information and opinions necessary to formulate its roadmaps through review of published industry reports, meetings among its members, and perhaps most importantly, hosting of open participation workshops. Workshops usually focus on a single topic such as a consumer market segment or one of the display technologies. Current active workshop topics include OLED displays, flexible substrate display manufacturing and high resolution displays. It is the practice at USDC initially to limit availability of new roadmap documents to USDC members and others who participate actively in the workshops and thus contribute to the content. Subsequently, the documents are released and made available for general use. USDC roadmaps serve as a guide to future investments in FPD research and development for USDC, industry and government.  OLED International Roadmap - - An overview of the International Roadmap for OLEDs was presented by Norman Bardsley at recent SEMI Meetings in Japan and Taiwan. Copies of the text and slides from these presentations can be accessed by clicking the above title. An updated presentation will be given as part of Semicon West in San Jose on July 19th.  High Resolution Working Group - - The development of High Resolution Display Systems is being tracked by the new High Resolution Working Group. This Group held its first Workshop on February 14th, 2002 at Intel. The highlights White Paper: The Next California Economy Page 2 January 2003
  3. 3. of this meeting can be viewed by clicking the above title. Watch this page for an announcement of the Second Workshop and for forthcoming issues of the High Resolution Newsletter. Mail Address: 60 S. Market Street, Suite 480; San Jose, CA 95113 Phone:408-277-2400 Fax:408-277-2490 Entrepreneurs (founding team), No Available Information Key Staff  Dalen Keys - Chairman of the Board, USDC - Technology Director for DuPont Company  Michael Ciesinski - President & CEO, USDC -  M. Robert Pinnel, Ph.D - Chief Technical Officer -  Norman Bardsley, Ph.D - Director of Road Maps & Standards -  Stacy Freitas - Marketing/Comm Asst. -  Dianne Eidson - Officer Manager - Financial performance/record (including employment)  USDC has over 100 industry partners.  USDC has initiated development on over 60 infrastructure projects.  Federal funding directed to USDC's projects totals nearly $70 million. The Development project government funds are matched by industry contributions, which to date represent an additional commitment of about $110 million.  Over $100M in combined industry/government funding has gone to support the infrastructure program. Contracts & RFPs  USDC RFPs - - Requests for Proposal topics reflect the consensus priority manufacturing needs of FPD developers, manufacturers and users and cover multiple FPD technologies. Emphasis is on improving display capability; on reducing cost of ownership through improvements in throughput rates, process yields, automation in handling, flexibility for multi-use, equipment uptime, and size scale up; and on improved product quality. USDC also provides open solicitation periods where proposals are accepted on any topics related to FPD manufacturing advancements. Development project funds are provided by the Army Research Laboratory (ARL).  USDC Contracts - (Current and completed USDC contract summaries) White Paper: The Next California Economy Page 3 January 2003
  4. 4. Links to the following resources can be found at: Market Forecasts, Overviews and Statistics  Analyst's Outlook - Boston, DisplaySearch (pdf) (7/01)  Display Technology Overview - Boston, USDC (ppt) (7/01)  USDC 2001 Investors Conference Opening (pdf) (4/01)  Flat Panel Display Market Overview, DisplaySearch (ppt) (1/01)  Flat Panel Display Market Overview, Stanford Resources (ppt) (1/01)  From Electronics to Displays, Philips FDS (pdf) (2/00)  High Resolution Displays a Near Term Reality, DisplaySearch (ppt) (2/00)  Why Wall Street is Betting on Displays, Needham and Company (ppt) (2/00) Web/Internet Appliances  LG Philips and Display Solutions for Internet Appliances, LG Philips LCD (ppt) (2/00) Handheld Devices  Application Specific Displays - The Power of Virtual Integration, Philips FPS (ppt) (2/00)  New FPD Technologies to Fuel the Visual Information Age, Sharp Microelectronics (ppt) (2/00)  Introduction to Handheld Units, Kyocera (ppt) (2/00) Display Integrators  Display Integrator Challenges Entering the New Millennium, Applied Instruments (ppt) (2/00) Coatings and Protectors  Polarvision DAPPCON 2000 Presentation (ppt) (1/01) Members USDC members are display manufacturers, developers, and suppliers who take an active interest in the development of the display infrastructure and the promotion of display use in electronic applications. Member companies participate in the decision making to set the technical direction for USDC research and development projects. Please click on the member categories to get a detailed description of member benefits and roles: The Governing Board is responsible for final decisions on policy, program content and disposition of government funds available to the consortium to sponsor R&D Projects. USDC voting members are FPD manufacturers and/or developers who wish to have a decision making authority by having a seat on the USDC Governing Board. Current Governing Board Members:  AKT -  Cambridge Display Technology -  dpiX, LLC. -  DuPont Company -  eMagin Corporation -  IBM - White Paper: The Next California Economy Page 4 January 2003
  5. 5.  Kodak -  Philips Components -  Photon Dynamics -  Rockwell International -  Rolltronics Corp. -  Three-Five Systems -  Universal Display Corp. -  Versatile Information Products (VIP) Associate Members are global -owned display manufacturers and/or developers. Associate Membership is a newly developed category designed to bring global perspective to the consortium. Current Associate Members include:  iFire Technology, Inc. -  Philips Components - General Members are U.S. -owned and based display manufacturers and/or developers. One member is elected annually from every four General Member companies to represent the group on the Governing Board. Current General Members include:  Display Research Laboratories, Inc. -  Displaytech, Inc. -  ElectroPlasma -  eInk Corporation -  FlexICs, Inc. -  Kodak -  Microvision, Inc. -  Novalux, Inc. -  Texas Instruments Inc -  Versatile Information Products Sustaining Members are display component, equipment, materials, and service suppliers. Interaction comes in many forms, but specifically relates to communication of USDC RFPs and the distribution of translated reports and industry updates. For a list of current Sustaining Members: USDC has two active User Groups: the Military and Avionics User Group (MAUG) and the Commercial User Group (CUG). These groups consist of companies that believe that by solving common issues they are strengthening their competitive positions in the markets that they serve. The MAUG and CUG identify the needs of their users and consumers and communicate those needs to FPD manufacturers through USDC, as well as cooperate on infrastructure /component development contracts. White Paper: The Next California Economy Page 5 January 2003
  6. 6. Current Commercial User Group Members include:  InFocus Systems, Inc. - Current Military User Group Members include:  Barco nv BarcoView  General Dynamics C4 Systems (formerly Computing Devices Canada)  Honeywell Technology Center  Interface Displays & Controls  Kaiser Aerospace and Electronics  Lawrence Livermore National Labs  L-3 Communications Corporation  L-3 AMI  Litton Guidance & Control  Rockwell International/CACD Press Releases/Media Coverage USDC's Newsroom: White Paper: The Next California Economy Page 6 January 2003