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3i’s new Microscopes use binary SLMs

Forth Dimension Displays’ LCOS-based Fast Switching Binary Modulators enable new Ultra-Fast, High-Resolution Microscopes

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) and Intelligent Imaging Innovations (3i), a Colorado-based manufacturer of fluorescence microscope systems for biomedical research, expanded their collaboration with the launch of 3i’s Cleared Tissue LightSheet (CTLS) product. CTLS can image whole organs at high speed by illuminating them with structured light using ForthDD’s proprietary high-resolution, fast Spatial Light Modulators (SLMs).

Similar to other fluorescence microscope techniques, CTLS uses laser light to stimulate fluorescence emission from genetically-labelled – or stained – tissue to form an image of the specimen. The Cleared Tissue LightSheet creates a finely focused sheet of light for optical sectioning, then uses ForthDD’s SLM to rapidly shift the thinnest portion of the sheet in synchronization with the microscope and camera resulting in ultra-fast and high-resolution imaging of large specimens. Piezoelectric stages move the specimen in x, y, and z directions with sub-micron precision. The emission from the fluorescent markers in the specimen is recorded by a camera and 3i SlideBook software automatically and precisely reconstructs the biological structure in 3D for further analysis. Hundreds to thousands of images are required to create a 3D image of the tissue sample.

3i also integrates ForthDD’s SLMs into their live cell imaging system Lattice LightSheet (LLS). The SLM is used to create an ultra-thin lattice light sheet which can be quickly adjusted for biological conditions on-the-fly due to the flexibility and speed of ForthDD’s SLM. LLS enables spatiotemporal super-resolution imaging of dynamic cellular processes with ultra-fast capture speeds and high resolution, while limiting laser light damage to the cells. LLS can also be used to perform structured illumination microscopy (SIM), a super-resolution technique that improves the spatial resolution to the low 100’s of nanometers.

“Spatial light modulators provide outstanding value, increasing the speed and resolution of research microscopes,” Brian Bodensteiner, Vice President Development of 3i said, “ForthDD’s SLM technology is designed to allow for the flexibility, performance, and hardware-timing demanded by advanced light microscopy applications.”

Greg Truman, CEO of ForthDD said, “The development of super-resolution techniques has been a remarkable achievement and ForthDD is very pleased that our fast binary SLMs are a key enabler for microscope developers and biologists around the globe. The new microscopes are now being used in the life sciences industry to enhance the understanding of the biological structures. ForthDD is committed to supporting its customers to create their most advanced products.”

GOEPEL Electronic Drives Quality Control in SMT Manufacturing with Imagers from Forth Dimension Displays

Forth Dimension Displays Supplies Leading German SMT Inspection Equipment Manufacturer

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), a leading provider of high-resolution microdisplays and microdisplay subassemblies, today announced that Spatial Light Modulators (SLMs) and matching LED drivers from its wholly-owned subsidiary, Forth Dimension Displays Limited (ForthDD), have been chosen for integration into GOEPEL electronic GmbH (GOEPEL) 3D AOI (Automated Optical Inspection) and 3D SPI (Solder Paste Inspection) products. GOEPEL, based in Germany, is a leading inline inspection equipment manufacturer for Surface Mount Technology (SMT) production lines.

The 3D SPI measures solder paste in all three dimensions, on every PCB in real time, enabling improved yields and product quality while reducing waste and cost. The SLM projects structured light onto the PCB being inspected by the 3D SPI machine. The soldering quality of the assembled PCB is inspected by 3D AOI by a similar process. ForthDD’s SXGA (1280 x 1024 pixels) .88’ diagonal microdisplay utilizing Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal is a fast switching, all digital, high performance reflective SLM product. Designed for inline 3D inspection applications, the newly released SXGA-R12 drive board has a smaller form factor with matching M137 LED driver.

André Hacke, Manager R&D in the Inspection Solutions Division of GOEPEL said, “We are very pleased to have integrated ForthDD’s SLMs and LED drivers into our 3D AOI and SPI systems. The increasing importance of electronics in the automotive industry and its demand for zero failure rates are key drivers of quality control in SMT lines. Improvements in the performance of our systems, with the help of ForthDD’s products, is paramount to meet the demands of the industry.”

Greg Truman, CEO of ForthDD said, “We are excited that our efforts to significantly reduce the product size, while adding additional functionalities, have helped GOEPEL to improve its system. ForthDD is the leading supplier of microdisplays for the 3D SPI, 3D AOI and 3D metrology markets. ForthDD’s microdisplays enable transformation of the traditional 2D AOI and SPI equipment to 3D inspection equipment. Published market research reports forecast that the 3D AOI market and 3D SPI will grow by approximately 16% annually to $1.35B by 2024.”

About GOEPEL Electronic

GOEPEL Electronic is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Embedded JTAG Solutions (including JTAG/Boundary Scan Test Equipment), Automotive Test Solutions and Automated Optical and X-Ray Inspection equipment (AOI, AXI, and SPI systems) for the test and inspection of printed circuit board assemblies. It is our mission to provide intelligent solutions to challenging customer test applications and problems through high technical prowess, creativity, and innovation, combined with exceptional customer service and support. Find out more at www.goepel.com

Forth Dimension Displays Develops 2560 x 1440 FLCOS Microdisplay for Rugged Applications

Forth Dimension Displays Develops 2560 x 1440 FLCOS Microdisplay for Rugged Applications

Breakthrough 0.95-Inch Display using Wide-Temperature Range Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal

Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), a leading provider of innovative wearable computing technologies and solutions, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) has developed a new WQHD (2560 x 1440 resolution) full-color Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal on Silicon (FLCOS) microdisplay for use in extreme temperature and shock environments. The new display incorporates ForthDD’s proprietary Wide Temperature Range Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal (WTR FLC) material to operate over extended temperature ranges, which enables it to be used in a variety of previously unsupported rugged applications such as automotive, defense and avionics.

“FLCOS displays provide superior fill factor, color purity, and fast switching speeds which produces very high quality imagery, but historically ferroelectric liquid crystals have been restricted to limited temperature range applications,” said Greg Truman, Forth Dimension Displays’ Managing Director. “The breakthrough provided by our WTR FLC performance together with the very high resolution of the our WQHD display allows us to support resolutions that exceed the limits of our Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays (AMLCD) and brightness levels that exceed the capability of Organic Light Emitting Diode displays (OLEDs). The innovation provided by our WTR FLC, which has passed environmental and reliability tests, opens up many new applications and markets including high volume US defense product applications.”

The WQHD display with 8.2-micron pixels utilizes ForthDD’s patented Time Domain Imaging (TDI™) technique to produce superior full color imagery and no perceptible motion artifacts. The specialized ultra-fast ForthDD FLCOS overcomes the motion artifacts of standard Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) displays. The display is generally available as a Board Level Product with fully integrated driver and optional illumination subsystem later in 2020. WQHD displays have now been fully tested and are undergoing system qualification with the first defense customer as a part of fully integrated Kopin display systems, which incorporate the display with Kopin electronics, optics and system packaging elements.

“The availability of the new WQHD display gives us another microdisplay technology in our defense and enterprise product offerings and is ideal for use in systems needing cutting-edge high resolution and bright full color video images without color breakup,” said Bill Maffucci, Kopin’s Vice President/General Manager of Government and Professional Products. “The unique WQHD display is an excellent complement to our AMLCD displays which are primarily for soldier centric systems. As a result, it provides Kopin with the opportunity to open up new markets such as ground vehicle platforms. These market segments have been largely supported by CRT technology and represent a significant potential growth area facilitated by the new WQHD display.”

Forth Dimension Displays at Photonics West 2020

At Photonics West 2020 in San Francisco (4-6 February 2020, Moscone Centre) Forth Dimension Displays will present its expanding range of Spatial Light Modulators (SLM) and microdisplays.

The high resolution SLMs based on ferroelectric liquid crystal technology are known for their fast and stable structured light applications using binary phase modulation or binary amplitude modulation.

Please visit Booth 1841South Hall inside the Scottish Pavilion- to experience the 2k x 2k, 4.1 MPixel microdisplay integrated into a monoviewer. We will also present a structured light projector and a binary phase modulation set-up.

Forth Dimension Displays sponsors the FLC Conference 2019 in Boulder, Colorado

4th July 2019 – Forth Dimension Displays is pleased to be sponsoring this years FLC conference in Boulder, Colorado.

Due to be held between 4 – 7 August 2019 at the University of Colorado in Boulder, the conference brings together leading experts in the field of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals (FLC). Boulder has been one of the hotbeds of research into physics, chemistry and applications of FLCs for over 30 years. Forth Dimension Displays’ microdisplays and spatial light modulators (SLM) are based on the electro-optics of FLCs. Therefore, it is very befitting to support continuous research into the fascinating properties of this material. At this conference Forth Dimension Displays will be sponsoring the Best Student Poster Award.

Forth Dimension Displays at Laser – World of Photonics 2019

At Laser – World of Photonics in Munich (24 – 27 June 2019, Messe München) Forth Dimension Displays will present its updated range of Spatial Light Modulators (SLM) and microdisplays with new interface options.

The high resolution SLMs are known for their fast and stable structured light applications using binary phase modulation or binary amplitude modulation.

Please visit Hall B2 – Booth 129 to experience our new 2k x 2k, 4.1 MPixel microdisplay integrated into a 34° field of view monoviewer for high-end Near-To-Eye applications (AR, MR) applying the unique Time Domain Imaging technology.

Forth Dimension Displays at SPIE DCS 2019 in Baltimore

Visit Forth Dimension Displays / Kopin at SPIE DCS 2019!

Kopin, a provider of high performance display components, subsystems and systems for the military, industrial, professional, medical and training markets, will be exhibiting at SPIE DCS 2019 from April 16-18th at the Baltimore Convention Center. Stop by booth #553 to see our latest high performance ruggedized microdisplay solutions.

Kopin’s offerings include LCD, FLCOS and OLED displays designed for high performance, long life and high reliability in demanding environments. Kopin’s display products are ideally suited for use in high brightness AR products, such as pilots’ helmets, rifle scopes, soldier visualization systems, image guided surgery and synthetic/embedded training.

Forth Dimension Displays’ specific products on the booth are the new 2k x 2k FLCOS, the RGB LED illuminator and a 3D demonstrator of the QXGA 2048 x 1536 pixel microdisplay.

Forth Dimension Displays and VividQ Collaborate on Holographic 3D Mixed Reality Headset

Forth Dimension Displays and VividQ Collaborate on Holographic 3D Mixed Reality Headset

Forth Dimension Displays Limited, (ForthDD), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kopin Corporation, is collaborating with VividQ on holographic 3D in mixed reality headsets that provide real depth perception. VividQ, based in London and Cambridge, England offers algorithms to generate full colour 3D holographic images in real time using phase modulation technology. ForthDD is a manufacturer of fast high-resolution Spatial Light Modulators (SLMs) based on ferroelectric liquid crystal on silicon designed to offer phase modulation at speeds well below 1 ms.

Augmented Reality (AR) and the related areas of Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) are widely seen as the next step in interaction with digital information. However, there are still several challenging issues, especially the representation of true 3D imagery. AR headsets today are largely unable to display images across more than two distinct focal planes. This causes virtual objects to jump in the viewer’s perception when they move across varying depths. It also triggers nausea due to the lack of correct eye convergence, as there is a gap between the position of an object expected by the human visual system and the actual position in the virtual image. Computer-generated holography (CGH) with true 3D imagery will eliminate the nausea caused by this accommodation-vergence conflict.

Darran Milne, CEO of VividQ said, “VividQ’s engine for real-time 3D hologram generation finally allows CGH to break out of the lab to be used in consumer devices like mixed reality headsets or head-up displays. We are committed to becoming the software foundation that powers the first generation of true holographic 3D display devices. To demonstrate the huge potential of this technology, we have recently created the world’s first fully holographic MR headset, which we showcased at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, 5-7 February 2019.”

“The key differentiator in these headsets is that ForthDD’s SLMs are used as phase modulators, not amplitude modulators,” said Greg Truman, CEO of ForthDD. “CGH relies on the SLM modulating the phase of incoming laser light and projecting diffracted light into the user’s eye. Unlike microdisplays using amplitude modulation, CGH shows true 3D natural vision-like overlay of imagery in AR headsets. Our 2048 x 1536 pixel QXGA SLM is a fast switching, all digital, high performance reflective SLM product designed for binary phase modulation. In real-time holography applications, ForthDD’s Time Domain Imaging™ technology and CGH-specific image generation are successfully combined and delivered.”

About VividQ

VividQ is a UK-based software company with world-leading expertise in 3D holography: the next generation display technology. VividQ offers the complete platform to power full 3D holographic display in AR headsets, Head-Up Displays and beyond. The company’s proprietary software engine Core makes holography a viable commercial display solution for the first time. Since its inception in February 2017, VividQ has worked with largest consumer electronics and embedded systems manufacturers around the world. Learn more at www.vivid-q.com

Forth Dimension Displays at Photonics West 2019

At Photonics West 2019 in San Francisco (5-7 February 2019, Moscone Centre) Forth Dimension Displays will present its range of Spatial Light Modulators (SLM) and microdisplays.

The high resolution SLMs are known for their fast and stable structured light applications using binary phase modulation or binary amplitude modulation.

Please visit Booth 1651South Hall inside the Scottish Pavilion- to experience our new 2k x 2k, 4.1 MPixel microdisplay integrated into a monoviewer.

Forth Dimension Displays at Tokyo Photonix show 5.-7. December 2018 – booth 7-43

Spatial Light Modulators for Phase Modulation and for Structured Light Projectors used in 3D Optical Metrology applications will be presented by Forth Dimension Displays on Photonix show in Tokyo Makuhari, Japan from 5.-7. December 2018.

The Photonix show is the comprehensive show for Laser, Optics and Optical Measuring in Japan, consisting of 3 different exhibitions specialising in laser processing, optics and optical measuring/analytical technology.

Renowned for its fast and precise performance, the 1.3 MPixel SLM will be demonstrated. As pictured below, the just released metrology-specific interface R12 with size-matching high power LED driver enabled a significant shrink in mechanical volume of the off-axis projector and improved projector performance. The brightness increased by 100%, so camera exposure times for in-line 3D AOI, 3D SPI and 3D MOI are significantly reduced. In 2019, a square 4 MPixel, 2k x 2k SLM will be introduced for the next generation projectors able to resolve even finer structures than today.

SXGA-R12-LED

Integration into a commercial off-axis projector

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