Special Topics


Professor Donald Bitzer
Plasma technology played a vital role in making the flat-panel display industry the success it is today. To mark plasma’s impact, SID will offer Display Week attendees a rare opportunity to hear from and meet some of the individuals whose groundbreaking work made plasma displays possible. These presentations will not only offer a look back, but a look forward at some tantalizing new possibilities for plasma.
At 5 pm on Tuesday, June 3, SID will host a Special Event, “Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Plasma Display Panel,” following the regular plasma session. It will include talks by Professor Donald L. Bitzer, co-inventor of the plasma display panel; Tsutae Shinoda, inventor of color plasma display technology; and SID Past President Larry F. Weber and SID Fellow Roger L. Johnson, former students of Bitzer’s. Following the session, which will run from 5:00 to 6:30, there will be a sponsored reception from 6:30 to 8:30. This celebration will be a fascinating and no doubt entertaining retrospective of a key display technology, and a chance to consider the history of the industry itself. Says Weber, “It’s the story of a technology that grew and that still has considerable potential for the future. Young people especially might find it interesting.”
1966 Lab Picture of First PDP With More Than One Pixel
Speaker Time
PDP.1: Invention of the Plasma Panel
Donald L. Bitzer
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
5:00 PM
Abstract: The original motive driving the invention of the plasma panel was the need for a graphic display with memory for computer teaching. The technical capabilities available in 1964 were limited with memory costing over $2 per byte. The role of logic and accidental good luck in creating the first working AC plasma panel will be discussed.
PDP.2: 50 Years of Plasma Display Contributions to the Display Industry
Larry F. Weber
New Paltz, NY, USA
5:20 PM
Abstract: PDPs led the industry with key flat-panel products such as high-resolution graphics in the '70s, large graphic computer monitors in the '80s, and large-area HDTVs in the '90s. Plasma raised the image-quality bar with fast image update speed, high contrast ratio, and wide viewing angle, yielding today’s stunning HDTV images.
PDP.3: PDP Technology Version 3.0
Roger L. Johnson
Information Technology, Ltd., La Jolla, CA USA
5:40 PM
Abstract: Today, large-area HD display products based upon Version 2.0 PDP Technology are being replaced by functionally equivalent LCD and OLED products. The question at hand: Is there a Version 3.0 PDP Technology in the offing? This presentation identifies several groups of veteran PDP inventors and developers who believe that advanced forms of PDP technology based upon discrete micro-discharge elements, flexible electronics, and roll-to-roll manufacturing will play a role in providing low-cost display material for use in a variety of immersive display applications.
PDP.4: Opening the Super-Large-Area Display World by Flexible-Film Plasma Displays
Tsutae Shinoda
Shinoda Plasma, Kobe, Japan
6:00 PM
Abstract: PDP Technology Version 3.0 is already available. Film plasma technology, LAFi, has put super large-area displays and fantastic curved displays in the public indoor market. Expandable display technology has developed 1m x 2m to 8m x 2m concaved displays. These displays create an immersive experience. Advanced roll-up display feasibility will also be presented.
Sponsored Plasma Pioneers' Reception for Special Event attendees on the West Terrace. This will allow attendees to mingle with the speakers and other PDP Pioneers. 6:30-8:30 PM
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