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Kopin gets DoD contract for night vision display chip

Posted by iNext - 2005-11-08

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Kopin Corp. has received a $750,000 contract from the Dept. of Defense (DoD) to develop an advanced display driver chip for its full-color CyberDisplay SXGA active-matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD).

The application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) from Kopin (Taunton, Mass.) is being designed for compatibility with digital interfaces for advanced soldier systems such as the Digital Enhanced Night Vision Goggle, Objective Force Warrior and Future Force Warrior.

The full-color driver ASIC being funded is expected to be available in sample quantities in the first quarter of 2006 and to support digital data formats in 3:4, 4:5 and 16:9 (HDTV) aspect ratios at input video rates ranging from 25 Hz to 120 Hz. In addition to driving the CyberDisplay SXGA, the ASIC will support 3D stereoscopic operation of two CyberDisplay SVGA (800 x 600 resolution) or WVGA (854 x 480) color displays.

Kopin’s CyberDisplay SXGA measures just 0.97 in. diagonal. It shows approximately 4 million (1280 x 1024 x 3) color dots, with image quality surpassing that of high-definition television (HDTV), said the company.

A pre-production version of the CyberDisplay SXGA was unveiled in March 2005 as part of a separate DoD contract, and the display samples are scheduled to be available later this year. The display and ASIC will be capable of 24-bit color resolution.

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