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.

Rockwell Collins Awards Forth Dimension Displays Status as Platinum Status

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD), designer, developer and manufacturer of high resolution microdisplays, is pleased to announce it has been awarded Platinum Premier status in Rockwell Collins Trusted Supplier Program for its performance in 2014.

Rockwell Collins Platinum Supplier Status
Rockwell Collins Platinum Supplier Status

Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications.

Rockwell Collins awarded ForthDD the highest level in its Trusted Supplier Program to recognize and reward ForthDD for meeting the highest level of quality, delivery, and business alignment in its supply of high-performance microdisplays to the company.

Platinum Premier status suppliers are given access to business opportunities with Rockwell Collins including to executive leadership and program design teams, preferred parts list status, preferred status for future sourcing decisions, and payment terms consideration. The suppliers also gain extra recognition in the industry with the opportunity to promote their premier status.

Greg Truman, ForthDD CEO said, “The award from Rockwell Collins, a five billion dollar annual revenue corporation, is testament to our unique and exceptional high performance microdisplays and the technical expertise and customer focus of my colleagues. In the future, we look forward to continuing and expanding our relationship.”

Forth Dimension Displays launches QXGA-3DM Spatial Light Modulator

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD), a leading provider of high-resolution Liquid Crystal On Silicon (LCOS) Microdisplays and Spatial Light Modulators (SLMs) is pleased to announce the launch of its all-new 3.1MPixel QXGA-3DM SLM at Photonics West 2015, booth 1123.

ForthDD’s 1.3MPixel SXGA-3DM SLM has a leading position in the 3D AOI PCB inspection and measurement market as well as being used for applications as diverse as silicon wafer inspection and super resolution microscopy.

The 2048 x 1536 pixel QXGA-3DM SLM builds upon this track record by enabling even higher resolution structured light systems to be built. Applications that will benefit from this increased performance include 3D inspection of System in Package (SiP) devices and Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy. Recognising the benefits of the increased resolution in leading edge imaging techniques, the first production shipment of a QXGA-3DM will go to long time ForthDD customer Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for use by Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2014 winner Dr. Eric Betzig’s team.

QXGA 3DM Forth Dimension Displays

The QXGA-3DM combines an industry proven microdisplay with a powerful application specific non-video drive interface. The system can be programmed offline, through the RS-232, RS-485 and USB interfaces, and no controller PC is required for normal operation. 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 and translation tables.

The small form factor and light weight of the QXGA-3DM gives system integrators the flexibility to design the display into their existing applications, without compromising the original mechanical design, resulting in a reduced time to market.

Mr Greg Truman, CEO of FDD said, “Our SXGA-3DM is in 24/7 use around the world in the most advanced inspection and imaging systems. In response to demand from our customers for even higher resolutions and performance, we are pleased to launch our new QXGA-3DM product. This will allow our customers to image and inspect even smaller feature sizes and further expand the range of applications for structured light systems.”

Forth Dimension Displays receives ISO 13485 accreditation

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) is pleased to announce it has received ISO 13485 certification for the design and manufacture of Liquid Crystal microdisplays for medical devices.

ISO 13485 AwardThe ISO standard has a number of strict requirements to ensure that products of the highest quality and standard are supplied. Products must be stable, repeatable and validated.

According to Greg Truman, CEO “Our team has worked hard to build upon our existing ISO9001:2008 certification and achieve this additional approval. We are already established as a key supplier to medical microscope companies and our business is now expanding into other healthcare applications. Receiving ISO13485 reinforces ForthDD’s position as a leading supplier of microdisplays for the medical and healthcare equipment industry.”

Forth Dimension Displays microdisplays support US Army training program

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) is pleased to announce its high resolution microdisplays have enabled the US Army’s Flight School XXI program to surpass 200,000 hours of aircrew training.

The SXGA resolution microdisplays are integrated into L-3 Link Simulation & Training’s Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) and Reconfigurable Collective Training Devices (RCTDs). These training devices are operating at 99.5 percent availability thus reinforcing ForthDD’s reputation as a global leader and supplier of displays to the industry. ForthDD powers over 97% of the US Army’s HMDs used for aircrew Training, Simulation and Mission Rehearsal.

The SXGA microdisplay has been optimised to deliver the best image quality in the most demanding HMD applications where fast moving imagery is displayed across a wide field of view with precise head tracking. High resolution (1280 x 1024 pixels) images are delivered to users with a high (96%) fill factor leading to crisp life-like imagery and the fast response of the display eliminates image blur. ForthDD is looking forward to working with our customer’s to upgrade existing HMDs to QXGA resolution and providing “retinal class” image quality for the US Armed Forces Training and Simulation needs.

Flight School XXI, recognized as the largest simulated helicopter  training program in the world, is managed and operated by CSC. L-3 Link is the largest supplier of flight simulators to the program.

AUnion Tech of Shanghai appointed as sales representatives in China

Forth Dimension Displays is pleased to announce that AUnion Tech of Shanghai has been appointed as Forth Dimension Displays sales representatives in China.

Working closely with our offices in Tokyo and Hong Kong, they will continue to build-up sales of the SXGA-3DM for Structured Light Projection in 3D AOI/SPI systems and develop opportunities in other markets including AR/VR, Healthcare instrumentation and microscopy, Super resolution microscopy and Holography. AUnion Tech is focused on introducing first-class opto-electronic components to customers in China.

Robert Hoffman (VP of Sales at ForthDD) and Kevin He (Founder of AUnion Tech) finalise the agreement.

Forth Dimension Displays launches feature rich daughterboard for QXGA-R9

The QXGA-R9 microdisplay (2048 x 1536 pixels) from Forth Dimension Displays is good for more than just delivering high resolution, high quality video. For example, it can also be used to show complex binary images at fast frame rates. When applications require additional features such as synchronisation with cameras or custom illumination modules, the new M155 daughter board makes it easy to integrate them with a QXGA-R9.

The M155 add-on daughterboard expands the functionality of the standard QXGA-R9 system by providing a feature rich set of synchronisation ports for real-time system operation. M155 synchronisation outputs include V-Sync and the frame identification signal (Frame ID) which is asserted when the active image has been tagged. The outputs support standard TTL or 50 Ohm drive. The M155 also provides 1080p tri-level synchronisation for synchronisation of video cameras. In addition to the synchronisation outputs, there is a 3-channel current driver (1.0A per channel) for driving tri-colour LED illuminator modules and electrically isolated timing enable outputs. The frame repeat function allows the user to display the active frame for as long as the Frame Repeat input is asserted. The M155 also includes a display thermal management function.

New staff to enhance customer support

Two new members of staff will help Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) enhance the support it provides to its customer: Dr. Henning Molsen and Mr. Liam Hail.

Dr. Henning Molsen has joined as the company’s new Director of Sales for the EMEA region. Henning has a PhD in FLC from the Technical University of Berlin and has spent the last 10 years at Sharp doing technical sales/marketing of LCDs to the automotive and consumer markets. He will be based out of the ForthDD sales / customer support office in Adlershof, Berlin and will be responsible for ForthDD’s sales activities across the whole EMEA region. To contact Henning email

Liam Hail is a new addition to the ForthDD Applications Engineering team. Working from ForthDD’s microdisplay development and manufacturing facility in Dalgety Bay, Fife, Scotland, he will be supporting new and existing customers through product design, development and production. With ForthDD Liam will be building on his previous experience working with Airbus, Safran, Wolfson and others. To contact Liam email

Forth Dimension Displays Celebrates 10 Years of Supplying SXGA Microdisplays at SPIE: Defense, Security and Sensing

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD), proudly celebrates 10 years of continuous and uninterrupted supply of their industry-leading SXGA resolution microdisplay at the SPIE: Defense, Security and Sensing (DSS) 2012 Symposium in Baltimore, MD (booth #1106) from April 24 to 26.

The ForthDD TDITM SXGA microdisplay is recognised as one of the world’s most widely used solutions for high performance near-to-eye applications such as wide field of view head mounted displays. This popularity is largely achieved by ForthDD delivering the highest levels of image quality and video performance, while ensuring long term availability for customer design-ins.

Greg Truman, CEO of ForthDD commented, “After ten years, we are delighted to still be working with all the customers where we achieved early design-ins. This is testament to my dedicated colleagues who have worked closely with our customers ensuring they can use our products with ease. We are all looking forward to the next ten years helping our customers grow and become even more successful.”

While ForthDD’s TDITM microdisplays are expected to maintain their position as the first choice for high fidelity near-to-eye display applications, ForthDD also expects to find new applications in diverse non-display applications where image quality differentiators, product reliability and supply security are of paramount importance.

Testimonials from current customers:

‘We founded our company in 2002 based on the nascent SXGA display from the company we now know as FDD. We took a big risk starting a manufacturing company in a niche industry, but FDD treated us like a partner with an outstanding product, backed by unsurpassed support. The products we built with the FDD microdisplay received immediate praise from customers who were amazed that a head-mounted display can look better than a desktop monitor. We continue to use the SXGA microdisplay today in new development for products requiring uncompromising support, reliability, and image quality.’
Mark Foglia, CEO, NVIS Inc.

“In 2010 ARRI introduced its groundbreaking Alexa digital camera system, which quickly went on to become an industry standard for feature, commercial and episodic television productions. The camera features a high quality electronic viewfinder that ARRI designed around FDD’s WXGA F-LCOS display. With the support of FDD’s technical team, a product was created to match the imaging performance of the camera. Since its introduction, over 2000 Alexas have been sold and customer response has proven that the chosen concept was the right one. As DoP Bill Bennett, ASC remarked at the recent nab show: “In my use of the Alexa over the past year and a half, I have found that the viewfinder is bright, sharp, color accurate, and easy to judge focus.”
Michael Koppetz, Senior Engineer, ARRI.

‘With the disappearance of CRTs and the slow switching of standard LCD displays that replaced them, the FLCOS SXGA by FDD became the perfect solution for our biomedical application. The versatility of this novel technology allows us to develop new applications for research and clinic which are not possible with other devices.’
Erica Sutter, CEO, EDI.

‘We particularly appreciate the ongoing technical and commercial assistance we receive from ForthDD, the availability of ForthDD services and constant willingness to help us in finding solutions.’
Philippe Vidal, Project Manager, EADS Astrium.

Cyber-I: The First SXGA Resolution Optical See-Through Monocular Head Mounted Displays

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) is delighted to announce that its Netherlands based customer, Cybermind Interactive, is using the ForthDD SXGA microdisplay in their latest product: the Cyber-I. Cyber-I is the first SXGA resolution optical see-through monocular head mounted display to feature a fixed camera option and a 50 degrees Field of View. This product was very well received at its first public showing at I/ITSEC 2011 in Orlando FL, the world’s largest military training and simulation conference.

This device is compatible with HMDI inputs (for example, from smartphones or tablets) and Cybermind considers it to be the optimal solution for hands-free applications for the homeland security and defence, medical industries and maintenance and logistics markets.

In the near future, Cybermind will introduce a binocular version of the Cyber-I and a custom made lightweight battery pack with a fully integrated wearable PC. For this product they will also be using ForthDD as the supplier of the microdisplay component.

Mark De Jong stated ‘ForthDD have been a valued partner of Cybermind Interactive for nearly 7 years now. Throughout that time not only have ForthDD provided the world’s leading microdisplay for near-to-eye display solutions to our Visette 45 HMD, but they have also been supporting us technically and commercially with encouraging and timely product and market information. The SXGA microdisplay has been a solid platform to develop new products on and we look forward to 2012 with our new and existing display products and also look further to the future with the potential to be one of ForthDD’s first customers to use the QXGA resolution microdisplay’.

Greg Truman, CEO at ForthDD followed with, ‘We are delighted to continue to work closely with Cybermind as they launch new products. We believe the Cyber-I to be entering an exciting new market segment and will capitalise on the interest we are seeing from customers looking for ergonomic, see-through displays with the excellent visual performance enabled by our high resolution, TDI microdisplays.’

ForthDD’s most exciting new microdisplay development, due to enter production in 2012, is the QXGA microdisplay. This product will dramatically enhance the training experience by offering the highest resolution of any microdisplay in the world for Near To Eye (NTE) systems. The ForthDD QXGA is the only NTE microdisplay of its resolution to be publicly announced and will enable customers to offer immersive (>100° FOV) HMDs with no resolvable pixel structure. The microdisplay has already been selected for use in some high profile, high performance training systems.