7th September 2017, Scotland – Forth Dimension Displays is shipping this week the first lot of extended temperature range SXGA (1280 x 1024) microdisplays. This marks the successful conclusion of an internal R&D programme to widen the temperature range of the SXGA microdisplay at both, the lower and the upper ends. The introduction of a new ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) mixture now enables the microdisplays to be used in additional outdoor and defence applications. The parts shipped this week include the R5 drive boards and will be used in an aircraft head-up display (HUD).
The FLC is a key component in ForthDD’s unique display technology ferroelectric liquid crystal on silicon (FLCOS) allowing electro-optic switching speed of several kHz at low voltage. The new FLC mixture is compatible with other existing and future microdisplays of ForthDD.
Greg Truman, CEO of ForthDD, said “ForthDD is proud to announce our extended temperature range microdisplay. It is quite a challenge for a small manufacturing company to improve in-house one of the key materials, in this case the FLC mixture. Building on this learning curve, we are now capable of performing other FLC material optimisations and to meet tough environmental requirements. Our customers can now pursue a wide range of outdoor and defence applications using the FLCOS display technology. ”
28th August 2017, Scotland – Lumaxis of Reston, Virginia has successfully integrated in their new Structured Light Projectors (SLP) the 3 MPixel (2048 x 1536 pixels) Spatial Light Modulator (SLM) from Forth Dimension Displays. SLPs are a key component of 3D optical inspection, for example in 3D automated optical inspection (3D AOI) equipment. 3D AOI is rapidly replacing 2D AOI in the quality control of printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing. The ability to use 3D AOI to measure in-line SMT components in all three dimensions on every PCB enables companies to improve yields and product quality while reducing wastage and costs.
ForthDD’s QXGA-3DM is a fast switching, all digital, high performance reflective SLM product. Designed for 3D optical metrology, the QXGA-3DM features the industry proven Time Domain Imaging™ display with a 3D metrology specific display drive interface.
Lumaxis is a division of NVIS Inc. which has long established capabilities in the design and manufacture of optical systems based on Forth Dimension Displays’ microdisplays. Lumaxis will manufacture the SLPs in the US combining ForthDD’s QXGA-3DM SLM with an LED illuminator and LED drive electronics, optical components and housing. The SLP will deliver precise, high resolution (25 line pairs/mm) structured light patterns over a 41mm x 35mm field of view. This combination of the products and expertise from the two companies will allow manufacturers of 3D optical metrology equipment to reduce their time to market and benefit from an established, experienced SLP supply chain.
Marc Foglia, CEO of NVIS said “3D optical metrology using structured light projection is an enabling technology for quality control in various lines of manufacturing. In particular, the market for 3D AOI machines is rapidly growing with increasing demand on high precision and the ability to measure small feature sizes. Combining ForthDD’s SLM and Lumaxis’ projection technology will result in a 3D optical metrology solution for demanding customers.”
Greg Truman, CEO of ForthDD said “The market for 3D optical inspection is growing rapidly in all parts of the World. ForthDD has a very strong position in the 3D AOI market, supplying leading manufacturers in Germany, Japan, China and South Korea. Working closely with Lumaxis, ForthDD intends to expand this position supplying into the ultrahigh precision market.”
ForthDD’s team is about to depart for the Nepcon South China exhibition, the leading show for PCB inspection equipment in the Hong Kong area. Held from 29 – 31 August 2017 in Shenzhen, ForthDD will meet current and new customers engaged in the field of 3D optical metrology like 3D Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) and 3D Solder Paste Inspection (SPI).
The 1.3MPixel SXGA-3DM SLM has a leading position in the in-line 3D AOI PCB inspection and measurement market. Integrated in structured light projectors it’s showing multi-frequency Moiré patterns at speeds enabling in-line inspection. The more recent 2048 x 1536 pixel QXGA-3DM SLM builds upon this track record by enabling even higher resolution structured light projectors to be built.
The SXGA-3DM and the QXGA-3DM combine an industry proven SLM technology with a specific non-video drive interface dedicated to metrology applications. The drive interface is capable of storing up to 1024 full resolution images. Bi-directional trigger signals ensure accurate synchronization with other system components such as cameras, light sources and translation tables.
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Structured Light Projectors and Spatial Light Modulators for 3D Optical Metrology applications will be presented by Forth Dimension Displays on Booth 1A89 at the VISION show in Stuttgart, Germany from 8.-10. November 2016.
Renowned for its fast and precise performance, 1.3 MPixel and 3.1 MPixel SLMs will be demonstrated using both amplitude and phase modulation.
27th September 2016 – Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD), leading supplier of fast binary spatial light modulators (SLMs), and LightTrans, vendor of the optical design software VirtualLab Fusion, are collaborating on an adaptation of LightTrans’ simulation software. The new capabilities in VirtualLab Fusion will encompass adding support for the high speed binary phase modulators offered by ForthDD.
ForthDD’s binary SLM offers QXGA resolution (2048 x 1536 pixels) resolution at speeds up to 4.5 kHz with a pixel pitch of 8.2 μm based on ferroelectric liquid crystal on silicon (FLCOS) technology. The drive interface can either support video, using the DisplayPort standard, or a dedicated flash memory based interface interface calling off up to 1024 binary phase masks from the on-board memory and controlled using flexible trigger ports.
The PC-based VirtualLab Fusion allows optical engineers to conveniently convert imagery into phase masks. Therefore, the software provides reliable, fast and flexible tools for the design of adaptive optical systems. Phase masks can be computed and the data can be transferred to the SLM. VirtualLab Fusion enables the analysis and optimization of the entire adaptive laser system containing complex laser sources, beam delivery optics and the diffractive SLM.
Greg Truman, CEO of Forth Dimension Displays, is full of optimism: “We are delighted to be able to support customers using our phase modulation SLMs in their R&D work. By working with our new partner LightTrans, and their enabling, user-friendly software, it will be easier and faster for scientists and engineers to build systems using our SLMs.”
Dr. Michael Kuhn, CEO of LightTrans, says: “The powerful design algorithms of VirtualLab Fusion for phase masks and the physical optics modelling for entire laser systems will considerably enhance many applications based on SLMs. It is a pleasure for us to collaborate with Forth Dimension Displays and to provide new innovative optical solutions to our customers.”
3D AOI market is growing rapidly at 35%-40% per annum
SLPs are a key component of 3D AOI machines
26th August 2016, Scotland – iView Limited (iView) and Forth Dimension Displays Limited (ForthDD) have entered into an agreement to develop, manufacture and sell Structured Light Projectors (SLPs). SLPs are a key component of 3D automated in-line optical inspection (3D AOI) equipment which is rapidly replacing 2D AOI in printed circuit board (PCB) manufacture. The ability to use 3D AOI to measure components in all three dimensions, on every PCB in real time, enables companies to improve yields and product quality while reducing wastage and costs.
ForthDD’s SXGA-3DMis a fast switching, all digital, high performance reflective Spatial Light Modulator (SLM) product. Designed for 3D AOI, the widely used SXGA-3DM features the industry proven SXGA (1280 x 1024) Time Domain Imaging™ display with a 3D metrology specific display drive interface. iView has long established capabilities in the design and manufacture of microdisplay based projection engines. iView will manufacture the SLPs at their Shenzhen factory combining ForthDD’s SXGA-3DM SLM with an LED illuminator and LED drive electronics, optical components and housing. The SLP will deliver precise, high resolution structured light patterns over a 40mm x 40mm field of view. This combination of the products and expertise from the two companies will allow Chinese 3D AOI equipment manufacturers to reduce their time to market and benefit from an established, experienced SLP supply chain.
Steve Yeung, CEO of iView said “3D scanning using structured light projection is an emerging technology with various applications. In particular, the market for 3D AOI machines is rapidly growing in China. Combining ForthDD’s SLM and iView’s projection technology will result in a cost effective 3D AOI optical system solution for our customers.”
Greg Truman, CEO of ForthDD said “The market for 3D AOI machines is growing rapidly in all parts of the World. ForthDD has a very strong position in the market, supplying leading manufacturers in Germany, Japan and South Korea. Working closely with iView, ForthDD intends to develop a similarly strong position supplying Chinese 3D AOI machine manufacturers.”
Adlershof con. vent. Exhibition Centre, Germany, 26-30 September 2016
Joining EOS as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary, Forth Dimension Displays is pleased to be one of the exhibitors.
At this year’s event Dr. Eric Betzig, Nobel Prize Winner 2014 Chemistry, will deliver a keynote speech about Super Resolution Microscopy employing Forth Dimension Displays’ SLM to create structured light by phase modulation.
The event enables companies to have access to the scientific conference program and is a great opportunity to network.
Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, 21-23 September 2016. Booth #FO21
Forth Dimension Displays is pleased to announce that it has brought its microdisplay technology to India. The company is looking to expand its market in India and is demonstrating examples of a Structured Light Projector, 2K Electronic View Finder and a 2K Stereo Viewer.
LASER World of PHOTONICS INDIA, India’s only trade fair for the laser and photonics community presents the entire range of photonics in an international setting. Visit us on booth #FO21 to find out more about SLM / microdisplay applications using amplitude or phase modulation such as 3D Optical Metrology, 3D AOI/SPI, Super Resolution Microscopy and Coded Aperture Imaging.