Video IC producers discuss HDTV challenges and opportunities at HDTV Forum 2004

HDTV Forum 2004
August 24-26, Los Angeles

Several prominent executives with expertise in video ICs for DVD players, digital CRTs, LCD TVs, PDP TVs, RPTVs, STBs and projectors will be present at the upcoming HDTV Forum 2004, organized by flat panel display (FPD) market research and consulting firm DisplaySearch, and Insight Media, an analyst firm that specializes in the display industry.

The three-day event runs from Tuesday, August 24 to Thursday, August 26, at the Westin Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The Display Electronics session is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, August 26. The session features eight speakers representing suppliers, analysts and customers in total. Given the amount of additional digital processing found in progressively scanned HDTVs, display electronics manufacturers have a huge market opportunity. The particular electronics solution also has a significant impact on front of screen performance, making the right electronics solution a critical decision for each TV brand. This session intends to:

  • Quantify the HDTV opportunity
  • Discuss requirements for acceptable performance
  • Identify challenges in single chip integration
  • Determine what additional features are likely to be integrated
  • Discuss how long this segment can prevent commoditization

Leading this session and moderating the panel session is Dr. Nikhil Balram, CTO of National Semiconductors’ Display Electronics Business Unit. Balram has 17 years of experience in video processing. He is well known for bringing Faroudja’s video processing technology to the masses, conceiving and launching the highly successful DCDi branding strategy, and co-creating Video2000, the first comprehensive PC video benchmark, whose test patterns are now used worldwide in the CE industry.

Other speakers will include:

  • Brian Alger, a video IC analyst at Pacific Growth Equities – Alger will try to quantify the HDTV electronics opportunity and handicap which companies are most likely to benefit from the HDTV transition and why. Alger currently covers 10 video IC manufacturers. He has also served as an electronics analyst at Preferred Capital Markets and Prudential Securities.
  • John LeMoncheck, VP of CE Products, Silicon Image – LeMoncheck will update the audience on the status and benefits of the HDMI standard, which is being widely implemented in the latest HDTVs, STBs and DVD players. Prior to joining Silicon Image, LeMoncheck held positions at Teralogic, Arithmos, Lego, Synaptics and NCR.
  • Neil Mitchell, VP of marketing, TV Electronics, Genesis Microchip – Mitchell is a newcomer to Genesis Microchip after more than 15 years in video ICs at Zoran, TeraLogic, Philips Semiconductors and STMicroelectronics. As the leading scaler and deinterlacer supplier, Mitchell will outline Genesis Microchip’s strategy and roadmap and progress toward one of the industry’s lowest cost and highest performance single chip solutions.
  • Dave Pederson, VP, corporate marketing and co-general manager, DTV Division, Zoran Corporation — Pederson will discuss the global digital explosion, display electronics technology drivers, trends in DTV electronics, and how Zoran is overcoming the challenges to creating a connected digital home, enriching the consumer's HDTV experience, and driving the digital lifestyle.
  • Gil Aharoni, product manager, DTV line, Oplus Technologies – Aharoni’s presentation will review the various technical and marketing challenges facing display electronics developers and manufacturers in the HDTV arena. He will also examine the integration path from multi-board to single chip solutions and Oplus’ roadmap to single chip solutions. Aharoni is responsible for Oplus’ iDTV reference design boards and single chip products, and he has more than 15 years technology experience.
  • Dennis Crespo, VP of marketing, Silicon Optix – Crespo has 15 years of video IC experience at Silicon Optix, Arithmos, S3 and others. He will discuss Silicon Optix’ unique solution for projection TVs.
  • Atul Batra, senior director, Electrical Engineering, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America – Batra is responsible for CRT and microdisplay RPTV hardware and software development for the U.S. market. Batra will discuss what are the key requirements for display electronics today and in the future and reveal some of the problems with current solutions.

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