Events Abound

BLUE’s over for this year, but next up for the compound semi (CS) and solid
state lighting (SSL) industries is Lightfair International in New York (the
week of May 7th), followed by CS Mantech in Austin (May , and a slew of CS-related
technical meets round the globe that will keep the technical types trotting.
The spring schedule winds up with our annual CS Vision executive business forum
in Austin. Herein lies Jo Ann’s informal update on the key meets where our reporters
are in attendance.

BLUE 2007 was great. It had an excellent turnout and terrific speakers. And
although our keynote speaker, Neal Hunter, got on a plane whose faulty engines
made it turn around and go home… and thus didn’t make it to Taiwan, his fellow
co-founder of both Cree and LED Lighting Fixtures, Antony (Tony) van de Ven
hopped over from Hong Kong and delivered Neal’s talk. Thanks Tony! We missed
you, Neal.
No wonder so many of us close notes to our friends with “safe
travels.” Our senior technology editor, Alan Thompson, made it there from
Seattle, Washington and was at BLUE in Hsinchu manning the presentations and helping
our co-chairs keep everything on track. When he catches his breath, he’ll be
reporting on the meet in this slot. Our CEO and managing editor of all our publications,
Tom Griffiths, was there too in his role as Program Chair, greeting everyone,
loading PowerPoint presentations, working with the hotel, etc., etc., and now
he’s busy loading pdf’s of the presentations onto our BLUE
2007 site
for the convenience of our BLUE 2007 attendees. Stay tuned, you’ll
be getting your passwords from Tom soon.

Super thanks to our co-chairs for BLUE: Epistar CEO, BJ Lee, BridgeLux CEO,
Bob Walker, and Brent York, TIR System’s CTO. And again, I’d like to publicly
thank my colleagues here at CS Online Inc., Alan and Tom, for doing such a great
job. And special thanks goes out to all our wonderful sponsors: Veeco, Aixtron,
Tekcore, SemiLeds, and BridgeLux. We literally couldn’t do it without you. Your
support means so much to the industries we all serve.

As I flit through the posted presentations, it isn’t hard to be especially
impressed by the number and quality of international speakers at BLUE this year,
and evidently our attendance was more international than usual. On the one hand,
with BJ Lee’s Epistar now running a whopping 170 of the 300 MOCVD reactors,
it’s no wonder everyone knows the road to Taiwan. There’s enough fresh editorial
fodder in the presentations to keep us busy for some time. Thanks again to everyone
for putting together excellent talks and for your continued support of this
important SSL suppliers meet.

Next up is Lightfair International
(LFI), to be held the week of May 7th, with the expo going on the 8th through
10th at Javits Convention Center in New York City. Tom Griffiths will be there,
as will Nisa Khan, who has consented to serve as Executive Director of SSLITA,
the new Solid State Lighting Industry Trade Association that Tom, Nisa and our
founding board of SSLITA directors are forming. If you’d like to contact her
to set up a meeting, her tel in Red Bank, New Jersey is: Tel: +1 732 784-1812
and direct email is: nisakhan@optonline.net. Tom’s tel in Austin, Texas is:
512-257-9888. Nisa and Tom will be attending GE’s media luncheon Tuesday, May
8th, and will be on the showroom floor before and after that, for sure. Note
that the LFI theme this year is “Be Brilliant!” And it looks like
LEDs and SSL will be garnering considerably more exhibit and publicity space
this year. Obviously, we’re being “discovered” by the greater lighting
designer community.

Right after LFI is the 22nd annual CS
Mantech
Conference May 14-17 in Austin, Texas at the Hilton Hotel, which
is located right next to the convention center, near downtown Austin. Northrup
Grumman’s George Henry is conference chair this year and TriQuint’s Marty Brophy
is technical program chair. Marty and his committee
have put together another strong program
targeted to the nitty gritty of actual manufacturing. As George puts
it in his chairman’s message: “Although our technical papers are of central
importance, much more is offered. Monday