This research was paid by the Military for Avionics. A pilot must be able to see the information from the microdisplay when flying into the sun. Also he needs True Black to stop all of the display becoming brighter as you switch up the intensity. The same functionality is required by a fork lift driver when he drives out of the warehouse and also by a person walking in the open on a sunny day looking at his AR glasses screen. The much lower power requirements is also important for the wearables.
From the last CC "Today, we are working on a low resolution demonstration that we expect during this half of the year. Next will be high-resolution prototypes that we expect to be available in the second half of the year."
So this is the low resolution demonstration, with the high resolutsion prototypes hopefully before the year end. How long from prototype to production? Usually longer than we would like.
Demonstrations of OLED-ULT displays are currently being performed for key customers with interests in ultra-high brightness microdisplays for applications as diverse as aviation head mounted displays, smart glasses, and commercial augmented reality applications. “eMagin’s ultra-high brightness OLED-ULT technology was designed specifically for transparent near-to-eye applications demanding ultra-high brightness, full color imagery with extremely high contrast, compact size and very low power, such as avionics helmets and smart glasses applications” said Andrew G. Sculley, president and CEO of eMagin Corporation.
eMagin Demonstrates First Ever Ultra-High Brightness DPD Color OLED Microdisplay
The DPD displays omit color filters to produce a quantum leap forward in OLED microdisplay brightness and power efficiency
Can anyone find any recent information from Microoled?
Their website gives latest news dated from 2012 or is this website no longer active.
They are now privately owned, but surely must have some recent PR's.
And full compliments to Optimist for his excellent report. It is really appreciated that he takes the time and effort each year to visit the ASM and give us his report.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
I have not yet seen any speculation about a micro display but this is the sort of stuff being written. (Oculus Rift is not a micro display)
"Instead, this new device rumored will be a virtual reality headset. It'll have an OLED screen that's as good or better than the one found on the Oculus Rift dev kit. No information is known at this time on how it will connect to your phone or tablet, but a wired connection is probable."
There was an interesting exchange at the end of the CC about being able to reduce the pixel size further. It is not a deposition limit as I had always assumed, but a electonics limit.
The direct patterning, I understand that it enables a brighter and more efficient display, but will it also enable a smaller pixel size eventually?
Yeah, I understand what you mean. The limit to the pixel size is not the direct patterning today. The pixel size has multiple things, how much electronics you can stick underneath the one pixel. You have to have so many transistors and capacitors under each pixel and subpixel, so that’s really a limit today. The direct patterning is probably not a terrible concern to us with the pixel size.
I suspect because the military displays are predominately still SVGA with a large pixel size of 15. If you compare the area per wafer for a microdisplay for a pixel size of 9.6 or 8.2 you get near the size ratio given
"Progress was made toward building a tool for the ultra-high brightness and high resolution directly patterned color OLED devices. A prototype ultra-high resolution high brightness OLED display is expected to be fabricated in the third quarter of 2014. "
This is for 'ultra high Resolution'.
Did they produce the low VGA prototypes as promised in Q4 CC?
Maybe we will be wiser aftter CC.
Well if you did not know that Q1 was going to be about 6m then you have not been paying attention. We were told at the Q1 conference.
It is not entirely clearly how far they are with the deveopment of actual displays. They are certainly looking for partners.
"Fraunhofer Comedd reached the goal to produce Orthogonal Photolithography in a clean room and incorporated it into 200mm wafer micro display.
The guys from Fraunhofer offer the new technology for joint developments of OLED microdisplays and OLED micro-signage applications together with industrial partners."
It was the same for the Q4 results, though I did not notice at the time.
Acually it says 'and mobile display systems' which is more general than displays
Sure, this always seemed a small problem, but one problem less is nontheless nice.
eMagin Corporation (NYSE MKT:EMAN), the leader in the development, design and manufacture of Active Matrix OLED microdisplays for high resolution imaging products, today announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Global OLED Technology, LLC relating to two patent license agreements.
Pursuant to the settlement agreement, the parties agreed to terminate the patent license agreements entered into in 1998 and 1999, respectively, between FED Corporation (predecessor to eMagin Corporation) and Eastman Kodak Company (predecessor to Global OLED Technology, LLC), in exchange for mutual releases and the payment by eMagin of a one-time, undisclosed settlement amount, substantially all of which was recorded as an expense by eMagin in the fourth quarter of 2013 as a reasonable good faith estimate. In addition, the parties agreed to dismiss with prejudice the lawsuit commenced by Global OLED Technology, LLC in New York state court in January 2014. The balance of the terms of the settlement agreement remain confidential.
It was referred to indirectly in the CC. Note the use of the word products plural
"We have numerous customers interested in digital display and
the Company is planning to integrate it into new products that will be announced."
It seems they are working as one big team to solve the problem including the end customer (the government) That is where Sculley was yesterday. Is it ENVGII ?
"all three customers and us are doing a team effort, and that's very unusual, and I must say the end customer is also working with us on a team effort"
"it's just where the circuit board connects to the silicon to plug into the device of the customer"