2018 SID/DSCC Display Week Conference May 21st- May 24th, 2018 LA Convention Center
John Brewer, Jr. CEO and President Amorphyx
BIO John Brewer, Jr. is CEO and President of display backplane technology startup Amorphyx, a spinout from Oregon State University’s Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry based in Corvallis, Oregon USA. Amorphyx is commercializing a new family of thin film electronic devices based on quantum tunneling that promises to replace semiconductor-based electronics by combining dramatically lower manufacturing cost with higher performance and suitability to the new generation of flexible electronics circuits. Amorphyx focuses its initial commercialization on the large-area LCD market, promising the combination of over 25% cost reduction in LCD manufacturing cost for UHD TV with improvements in image quality, and on enabling color video in electrophoretic displays.
John also serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), a not-for-profit that uses Oregon Lottery proceeds to fund the commercialization of technologies created at Oregon’s research universities, where he manages the fund’s information technology investments.
John’s 28 years in the wireless and wireless semiconductor industries extend across the disciplines of engineering, product and strategic marketing, and executive management. John completed five years as Vice President, Corporate and Business Development and Vice President, Marketing with SiGe Semiconductor in June 2011, where he helped lead the company’s turn-around from near-failure into an IPO filing on the NASDAQ and eventual sale to Skyworks Solutions. Prior to joining SiGe Semiconductor, he spent a decade working on the initial commercialization efforts for polar modulation in mobile phone RF power amplifiers, as well as on indium phosphide heterojunction bipolar transistors for mobile phone RF power amplifiers and gallium nitride high electron mobility transistors for cellular network RF power amplifiers.
John has either founded or been a key early participant in seven tech startups since 1986, including two university spinouts. John holds the bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University, and did graduate work in electrical engineering at Santa Clara University and in business administration at Portland State University. He has authored or co-authored numerous trade journal articles on RF technologies for wireless in consumer electronics, including the invited feature article on the future of wireless communications for the 50th anniversary edition of Microwave Journal. John has been a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on high-tech entrepreneurism as well as at George Gilder’s “Telecosm” conferences on the future of wireless communications technologies, and has been the invited chair for industry conferences on cellular network and mobile phone technologies.