3-D Viewing System, Night-Vision Goggle HUD and Binocular IR-Camera Viewer are Among Latest Applications Featuring Company's Microdisplay Technology
Kopin Corporation, the largest U.S. manufacturer of microdisplays for military weapons, thermal imaging systems and consumer electronics, will feature several new CyberDisplay(TM)-equipped applications this week at the International Society for Optical Engineering's (SPIE) Defense & Security Symposium. The symposium will take place April 13-15 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida (USA).
Kopin (booth #128) will showcase its ruggedized CyberDisplay products in a high-resolution 3-D visualization system, a helmet-mounted display, an infrared viewer and a night-vision goggle head-up display (HUD) system.
"We already have established our CyberDisplay as the microdisplay of choice for military, industrial and consumer products, and the applications being demonstrated at SPIE extend that brand equity and technology excellence even further," said Dr. John C.C. Fan, Kopin's president and chief executive officer. "To date, Kopin has shipped more than 10 million CyberDisplays worldwide, and the SPIE show is an excellent opportunity for Kopin to showcase its new products to existing or potential partners and customers."
New CyberDisplay applications include:
In addition to these applications, Kopin will feature a number of higher-level assemblies and microdisplays, including the recently introduced CyberDisplay 922K, a full-color, VGA-quality display designed for high-performance portable applications such as entertainment systems, digital still cameras, thermal viewers for firefighters, medical systems and hand-held radiometers. With R,G,B sub-pixels measuring just 4.7 microns by 14.1 microns and an active area of just 0.44 inches diagonal, Kopin's CyberDisplay 922K is the highest density transmissive microdisplay in the world. When combined with a high-performance backlight and the driver ASIC, the CyberDisplay 922K provides monocular or binocular full-color imagery in a mere 1 x 2 inch package.
- 3-D Visualization System. Developed by Interactive Imaging Systems for training and simulation as well as other mixed-reality applications, this 3-D binocular system offers the clarity and quality of a 28-inch full-color VGA (640x512) monitor in a viewing device small enough to fit in the palm of the user's hand. At the heart of this system are two Kopin CyberDisplay 1280 AMLCDs, specially configured with R,G,B color filters that receive input from a stereoscopic image generator and two 3-D cameras. The viewer sees superimposed images on tangible objects, creating a "mixed reality" experience.
- Auxiliary Targeting Viewer (ATV). Kopin's ATV is the first in a series of revolutionary helmet-mounted devices evolving from Kopin's participation in the Thermal Omni-Bus I production program. The ATV is a lightweight, high-resolution monocular sight designed for remote reconnaissance, target acquisition and weapons firing. The system mounts to the soldier's helmet using a standard night-vision goggle mount and displays data from the output of a rifle-mounted Thermal Weapon Sight (TWS). The unit provides the soldier with "over the wall" viewing of battlefield conditions and the ability to acquire targets and fire the weapon from a protected position. The unit is powered by a helmet-mounted battery pack and operates on an RS-170 composite video supplied by the TWS. The ATV incorporates the same ruggedized, VGA-quality (640x480) monochrome CyberDisplay 640M that Kopin provides in the production TWS systems. The complete ATV is compact and robust enough to be carried in a field jacket pocket.
- Night-Vision Goggle Head-Up Display (NVG-HUD). Developed by Kopin for the Objective HUD and Eyepiece HUD applications, this high-performance VGA microdisplay imaging system has performance characteristics unmatched in the industry. Based on Kopin's patented Multi-domain Vertical Alignment (MVA) AMLCD technology, this device provides ultra-high contrast (greater than 1,000:1) with viewing angle characteristics similar to "text on a piece of paper." Packaged in a miniature 1.4x1.4x0.52 inch footprint, the NVG-HUD system accepts digital avionics data transmitted over a fire-wire interface and displays critical flight symbology that can be overlaid on an aviator's night-vision goggles. Kopin's NVG-HUD dissipates less than 260mw when operating in a full 60hz mode.
- Binocular IR Viewer. Developed by Kopin for the hand-held radiometer market, this unit provides a binocular, full-color VGA image in a compact, lightweight package. Designed as a "back-end" viewing system for hand-held thermal cameras, this system provides a 32-degree, 100 percent overlapped binocular field-of-view with integrated adjustments for focus (diopter) and inter-pupilary distance. At the heart of this system are two CyberDisplay 922K AMLCDs operating from a single low-power interface driver. The Binocular IR Viewer operates from a single DC input voltage and a single composite video input, making it ideal for thermal camera applications requiring full-color imagery.
Kopin representatives will be available at the symposium to discuss future product development strategies including the development of a new color filter SVGA (800x600) microdisplay, the CyberDisplay SVGA, which has been funded in part by the U.S. Army to support an array of potential product applications, ranging from high-end military systems to entertainment, medical and consumer products.