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April 28, 2011

eMagin Unveils Lowest Power OLED-XL Microdisplay

eMagin (News - Alert) Corporation has announced that the company will be showcasing its new low power/high contrast VGA OLED-XL microdisplay at an upcoming event.

To provide a 0.5 inch diagonal monochrome display that uses less than 60mW (less than half of the requirement for our successful SVGA+ OLED-XL microdisplay) and produces sharp crisp images at contrast ratios greater than 10,000:1, the new 15-micron pixel VGA OLED microdisplay combines a voltage drive pixel approach with eMagin’s True Black technology.

Available now in monochrome white and full color, the VGA OLED-XL microdisplay is driven by a 30-bit digital RGB interface. Monochrome green and monochrome yellow versions will follow later in 2011, the company has announced.

“The new VGA OLED-XL is a perfect match for the majority of sensors used in a growing array of advanced military, industrial and commercial applications including thermal weapon sights, laser target designators, and industrial thermal imaging cameras," commented Andrew Sculley, President and Chief Executive Officer of eMagin. "We have advanced the state of the art for low power consumption and high quality imagery in a microdisplay, with dramatically increased pixel uniformity and the high contrast”

To virtually eliminate motion artifacts in video imagery, with the extra benefit of providing better dimming range and gray level response for low light and night vision applications, eMagin also is using pulse width modulation (PWM) pixel hold times for the first time. With the ability to move the image up to 20 pixels horizontally and/or vertically, the total 680 x 520 pixel array can be used for electronic alignment of a 640 x 480 (VGA) window.

In 2007, the company showcased its new innovations in power-efficient microdisplays and its prototype SVGA-3DS microdisplay at the Society for Information Display Conference and Exhibition held at the Long Beach Convention Center, California, from May 22-24, 2007. eMagin also demonstrated various applications for personal display systems based on its OLED microdisplays and modules. The developers had handed over the first prototype units of the high-density OLED-on-silicon SVGA-3DS microdisplay.


Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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