SEMI Announces Agenda for Global FPD Partners Conference


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SEMI ANNOUNCES AGENDA FOR GLOBAL FPD PARTNERS CONFERENCE

Luminaries of the FPD Industry Gather in Okinawa for the World’s Leading FPD Summit

TOKYO, Japan – February 7, 2006 – SEMI has announced the agenda for the Global Flat Panel Display Partners Conference (GFPC), to be held February 28 to March 3, 2005 in Nago City (Okinawa, Japan). Attended by company CEOs, presidents and senior-level executives, the GFPC is the world’s largest flat panel display (FPD) gathering of its kind, and aims to provide invaluable networking opportunities for information exchange and cooperation among executives within the FPD industry.

Keynotes
The GFPC will also include an impressive line-up of keynote addresses from all over the world, including:
- Japan Keynote: Yoshihide Fujii, corporate senior vice president, president and CEO, Digital Media Network Company, Toshiba
- China Keynote: Bai Weimin, director and senior engineer, Department of Electronics & I.T. Products, , Division of Broadcast & Television, China Ministry of Information Industry
- Korea Keynote: Ho Kyoon Chung, executive vice president, Display R&D Center, Samsung SDI
- U.S. Keynote: Rick Chessen, partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, and former chairman, DTV Task Force, U.S. Federal Communications Commission
- Taiwan Keynote: Hui Hsiung, executive vice president, AUO
- European Keynote: Harold Hoskens, senior vice president & general manager, Philips Mobile Display Systems
- Keynote: Shigeaki Mizushima, corporate director and group general manager of AVC Liquid Crystal Display Group, Sharp

“The Global FPD Partners Conference offers a unique forum for both supplier and panel executives,” said Terry Higashi, chairman and CEO of Tokyo Electron Ltd. and chairman of the GFPC Executive Steering Committee. “It establishes a likeminded community on the global stage that allows executives to discuss key global challenges that affect our industry.”

“The Global FPD Partners Conference offers a productive forum for those in our industry to exchange ideas, best practices and methodologies,” Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “This event promotes intellectual cross-pollination, resulting in strengthened relationships, increased innovation and a true global industry.”

Panels
“Future Displays”
Moderated by Jun H. Souk, executive vice president, LCD R&D Center, LCD Business, Samsung Electronics
This session will address issues surrounding development of new display technologies and expansion within the display business. Panelists include: Ho Kyoon Chung, executive vice president, Display R&D Center, Samsung SDI; Stuart M. Evans, CEO, Plastic Logic; Shoichi Iino, deputy managing director, Corporate R&D, Seiko Epson; Shigeaki Mizushima, corporate director and group general manager of AVC Liquid Crystal Display Group, Sharp; M. Robert Pinnel, CTO, U.S. Display Consortium

“PC/Monitor” Moderated by Ross Young, president, DisplaySearch
This session will focus on the outlook for demand, features, performance and technology of LCD monitors and notebook PCs. Panelists include: B.D.Choi, CEO, BOE TFT-LCD SBU / chairman, BOEHydis Technology; Mitsugi Ogura, managing officer & director, chief technology executive, Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology; C.C Tsai, senior vice president, Quanta Display; Hewlett-Packard (Invited); China Key TV Makers(Invited).

“Grand Finale Panel: How does FPD TV Change at the Digital Hi-Vision Era?” Moderated by Koichi Nishioka, columnist and editorial writer, Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei)
Various issues with development of new display technologies or new directions in the relevant TV business expansion will be identified or determined by discussing the question “What things are general consumers in different countries hoping for in their future use of TVs at the Digital Hi-Vision Era?” The following panelists will provide their thoughts and forecasts for this panel: Won-Kie Chang, president, S-LCD; Rick Chessen, partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and former chairman, DTV Task Force, U.S. Federal Communications Commission; Hui Hsiung, executive vice president, AUO; Fujio Nakajima, CTO, Panasonic AVC Networks Company, Matsushita Electric Industrial; China Key TV Makers(Invited)

Executive Roundtable
The executive roundtable will consist of group table discussions, which will feature open, frank and friendly discussions and dialogues on one of three subjects including FPD industry forecast for the next decade, new applications and new displays. Roundtable participants include all attendees joined by all the available speakers, moderators and panelists.

The GFPC will also include remarks from Keiichi Inamine, the governor of the Okinawa Prefecture.

The GFPC is co-sponsored by Electronic Display Industrial Research Association of Korea (EDIRAK) Nikkei BP, as well as the world’s leading FPD technology-related consortia including the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ), the Taiwan TFT-LCD Association (TTLA) and the U.S. Display Consortium (USDC). It is also supported by the Okinawa Prefecture.

The GFPC 2005 will be held at the Bankoku Shinryokan convention facilities (the venue of the 2000 G8 Summit) in Nago City from February 28 to March 3. To register for the conference or view the detailed conference agenda, please visit www.semi.org/gfpc, or contact SEMI Japan Event Registration at +81.3.3222.5993 or by e-mail at jeventinfo@semi.org.

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

ASSOCIATION CONTACTS:

Shigeko Tatsuma/SEMI Japan
Tel: 81.3.3222.6020
E-mail: jpress@semi.org

Scott Smith/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7957
E-mail: ssmith@semi.org