ForthDD Reaches Agreement to Supply Displays to JUTZE Intelligence Technology

Forth Dimension Displays To Supply Leading Chinese Inspection Equipment Manufacturer

November 19, 2018 08:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), a leading developer of innovative wearable computing technologies and solutions, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Forth Dimension Displays Limited, (ForthDD), has entered into an agreement with JUTZE Intelligence Technology Co., Ltd. (JUTZE) to provide displays for their Mirage series of 3D SPI (Solder Paste Inspection) equipment.

ForthDD is a manufacturer of Spatial Light Modulators (SLMs) designed specifically for the 3D SPI, 3D AOI and 3D metrology markets. JUTZE is a leading Chinese inline inspection equipment manufacturer.

Published market research reports forecast that the AOI (Automated Optical Inspection) market (which includes the SPI market) will grow by approximately 16% annually from $350M in 2015 to $1.35B in 2024, with the market in 2023 being more than twice the size of that in 2018. The Asia Pacific region is forecast to have the most systems deployed.

SLMs are a key component of 3D SPI equipment. The SLM is used to project structured light onto the PCB being measured by the 3D SPI machine. The ability to use 3D SPI to measure solder paste in all three dimensions, on every PCB in real time, enables companies to improve yields and product quality while reducing wastage and cost. ForthDD’s SXGA is a fast switching, all digital, high performance reflective Spatial Light Modulator (SLM) product. Designed for inline 3D inspection applications, the widely used SXGA-3DM and newly released smaller form factor SXGA-R12 and M137 LED driver features the industry proven SXGA (1280 x 1024) Time Domain Imaging™ display with a 3D metrology specific display drive interface.

Karl Yang, CEO of JUTZE said, “JUTZE already has a proven position in the market for inline inspection equipment, and partnering with a leading high performance component supplier like ForthDD will enable us to strengthen our position in the 3D SPI market not only in China, but also in other East Asian markets, as well as Europe and the USA.”

Greg Truman, CEO of ForthDD said, “The market for 3D inline inspection machines is growing rapidly around the globe. ForthDD has a very strong position in the market, supplying leading manufacturers in Germany, Japan and South Korea for both 3D SPI and 3D AOI applications. ForthDD is developing a similarly strong position supplying Chinese 3D SPI and 3D AOI machine manufacturers, and this agreement to supply a leading manufacturer like JUTZE is another indication of our successful expansion into China.”

About Forth Dimension Displays Limited

Forth Dimension Displays has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Kopin Corporation since its acquisition in January 2011. Based in Dalgety Bay, Scotland, UK, the company focuses on the design, development, manufacture and sale of microdisplays and SLMs (Spatial Light Modulators) for professional and technical markets. One of its major markets is the 3D inspection of SMT PCBs where it supplies its SXGA-3DM SLM product to market leading customers in South Korea, Japan, Germany and now, with JUTZE, in China. It has also announced collaborations with iView (PRC) and Lumaxis (USA) where they will develop standard 3D AOI optimized Structured Light Projector modules for customers in these markets.

About JUTZE Intelligence Technology

JUTZE Intelligence Technology Co. LTD is a subsidiary of JUTZE Group of Suzhou, PRC. JUTZE Intelligence Technology is a professional visual inspection equipment manufacturer. Founded in 2007, and with its innovative vision inspection technology, JUTZE Intelligence Technology soon became one of the industry leaders in the Chinese inspection market. The company’s product range includes AOI (Automated Optical Inspection) and SPI (Solder Paste Inspection) machines for SMT lines, Inline LED inspection equipment and Laser Markers.

 

Forth Dimension Displays releases an improved metrology interface for its 1.3 MPixel SXGA SLM

Forth Dimension Displays, a leading supplier of Spatial Light Modulators (SLM) into the in-line 3D metrology market, has delivered the much improved metrology-specific interface board R12 to the first customers.

These customers are updating their existing product to make best use of the smaller footprint of the R12 interface board, the capability to “daisy-chain” multiple boards and the new, size-matching high power LED drive board. Typically, a 3D metrology application requires to trigger several off-axis structured light projectors sequentially in a daisy-chain to enable shadow-free image analysis. The high power LED driver board matches to today’s brightest and most compact LEDs. Increasing the projector’s brightness reduces the camera exposure times for in-line 3D AOI and 3D SPI significantly, therefore allowing higher in-line inspection speed. The optional LED drive piggy-backs onto the R12 board as shown below, making it a very compact system to be integrated into the structured light projector.

The R12-LED board combination drives the 1 MPixel, WXGA SLM and the 1.3 MPixel, SXGA SLM, both renowned for its fast and precise digital performance. The metrology line-up is completed with the 3.1 MPixel, QXGA-3DM system for an even more detailed stripe projection. The QXGA-3DM can also be equipped with the LED drive board.

As always Forth Dimension Displays offers the complete range of product documentation with the development kit and support for projector design by our application engineering team.

Order code: SXGA-R12-LED, WXGA-R12-LED

 

RGB-LED illuminator introduced by Forth Dimension Displays

13th March 2018, Scotland – Forth Dimension Displays has introduced a RGB-LED illuminator to its product portfolio. The illuminator works with all of Forth Dimension Displays’ reflective microdisplays and LED drivers. The well-characterized component enables a fast development of full colour optical modules.

The colour coordinates exceed the Rec 709 standard making it desirable for applications like electronic view finders (EVF) but also for Training and Simulation. The RGB-LED illuminator offers homogeneous colour and light output of 6000 cd/m² over a 22 x 16.5 mm aperture despite its small outline dimensions.

Greg Truman, CEO of ForthDD, said “ForthDD is closing a gap for our customers by introducing this RGB-LED illuminator. To create a high performance illuminator matching our microdislay technology is not an easy task. Therefore, this is an outstanding result of our internal R&D programme. Our customers can shorten the time to market for Near-To-Eye applications using the FLCOS display technology, indeed any reflective LCOS technology. ”

Forth Dimension Displays’ Wide Temperature Range SXGA microdisplay now shipping

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. ”

Forth Dimension Displays’ 3 MPixel SLM designed into Lumaxis’ Structured Light Projector for precision 3D Optical Inspection

 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.”

Forth Dimension Displays and LightTrans collaborating on phase modulated SLMs

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.”

iView and Forth Dimension Displays to Collaborate on Structured Light Projectors (SLPs) for Chinese 3D Automated In-line Optical Inspection (3D AOI) market

  • 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.SXGA-3DM Forth Dimension Displays

ForthDD’s SXGA-3DM is 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.”

iView and Forth Dimension Displays to Collaborate on Structured Light Projectors (SLPs) for Chinese 3D Automated In-line Optical Inspection (3D AOI) market

Forth Dimension Displays sponsors the joint conference of the British & German Liquid Crystal Societies

British Liquid Crystal Society DFKG11th March 2016, 2015, Scotland – Forth Dimension Displays is pleased to be sponsoring the joint  conference of the British & German Liquid Crystal Societies (BLCS2016)

Due to be held between 21-23 March, 2016 at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh, the conference brings together leading experts in Liquid Crystal.

Forth Dimension Displays receives ISO14001 environmental certification.

4th March 2016, 2015, Scotland – Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) is pleased to announce it has received the ISO14001 environmental certification.ISO 14001 2015 Certificate Issued 15 February 2016Forth Dimension Display Ltd - 14001 Logo

This certification by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) recognises the company’s commitment to safely and carefully manage the impact of its business on the environment.

Following an in-depth review and assessment, the certificate has been awarded in recognition of the company’s efforts to minimise waste and decrease pollution.

According to Greg Truman, CEO “Our customers and suppliers value the company’s philosophy to conscientiously use our resources in ways that allow us to reduce our environmental footprint whilst continuing to deliver high quality products.”

The ISO14001 joins Forth Dimension Displays existing ISO9001 and ISO13485 accreditations.

Forth Dimension Displays to present at Electronic Displays Conference 2016

Forth Dimension Displays is pleased to announce it will be presenting a paper at Electronic Displays Conference. 24.-25.02.2016, Nuremberg, Germany.  As the event celebrates its 30th year, ForthDD will be the first paper to present its paper entitled 2K Electronic View Finder based on QXGA Microdisplay in the microdisplays session.

The paper will discuss the implementation of an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) using a QXGA resolution (2048 x 1536 pixels) Ferroelectric LCOS microdisplay.

Targeted at the high-end cinematography camera market, the full colour, video rate QXGA microdisplay provides sufficient resolution for full HD / 2K imagery combined with on-screen display (OSD) areas above and below.