Kopin achieves important milestone in AR display development

In Augmented Reality News 

June 8, 2023 – Kopin Corporation, a provider of application specific optical systems and micro-displays for defense, enterprise, professional and consumer markets, has this week announced that it has achieved what it states is an important milestone in the development of its super bright 2K x 2K monochrome MicroLED display.

According to the company, the initial production verification samples for Kopin’s 1″ diagonal 2K x 2K MicroLED display (2048 x 2048 resolution), which utilize the company’s proprietary backplane and drive technology, have achieved brightness levels of over 2.8 million nits. Kopin added that the brightness of its production displays is projected to increase to between 3.2-3.5 million nits. The company added that it has developed its 1″ diagonal 2K x 2K MicroLED display to support high-performance defense and AR applications. 

The brightness and image quality achieved in Kopin’s production verification displays has allowed the company’s initial MicroLED customer to start integrating the displays into their system for low-rate initial production testing.

Kopin noted that micro-displays used in augmented reality (AR) applications require very high brightness for a user to see images clearly and crisply when using a device in bright daylight conditions and in see-through enabled applications. Furthermore, Inorganic Light Emitting Diode (MicroLED or µLED) technology is widely seen across the display industry as an important technology for the future, especially for AR systems, where its combination of brightness and efficiency is well matched to the market requirements, according to Kopin.

“MicroLED displays can achieve brightness levels that are a necessary enabler to allow AR systems to be fully deployed in bright ambient conditions,” said Bill Maffucci, Kopin’s Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. “We believe the 2K x 2K MicroLED that we are developing is by far the highest resolution LED microdisplay that has ever been developed and it incorporates several proprietary design features that overcome challenges which previously limited the use of this technology. We are very pleased with our initial test results and look forward to completing development of this display and moving into production.”

For more information on Kopin and its MicroLED display technologies for use in augmented reality applications, please visit the company’s website.

Image credit: Kopin Corporation

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