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Kopin and Its Subsidiary Forth Dimension Displays Introduce Replicating Reality™

Taunton, Mass, May 31, 2011 — Forth Dimension Displays (FDD), a leading provider of display components for fighter jet and helicopter simulators, and subsidiary of Kopin Corporation, will introduce Replicating Reality™.

Replicating Reality is a new concept to create the ultimate experience by making the user feel fully immersed in a different world or hyper-reality. Initially aiming at the gaming industry, Replicating Reality will be showcased at the E3 Gaming Conference (www.e3expo.com) to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center (June 7-9, Booth #2962) and at IVR Expo at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (June 22-24, Booth #24-39).

When asked to describe Replicating Reality, Greg Truman, CEO of FDD commented, “Our vision is to deliver a display where the user will be unable to tell the difference from reality. The wide field of view, very high resolution microdisplays and head tracking all contribute to a feeling of total immersion in the virtual world. We can build systems where the field of view, the resolution and colors are exactly the same as you see in the real world.”

Replicating Reality will be showcased through the use of a fully immersive 3D Head Mounted Display (HMD) demonstrator which enables the gamer to experience car racing as if driving on a real racing track. This demonstration for a product concept is designed to be both thought provoking and suggestive. The concept has few limitations for which applications it could be used, leaving the mind to ponder what the future really holds for the entertainment industry.

The website www.replicatingreality.com has been created to promote the concept. This focuses on Gaming, Entertainment, Education and Design as key potential markets, but the FDD team is looking for alternative applications and experiences that this technology could enable. For more information on Replicating Reality, please contact FDD at info@replicatingreality.com.

ForthDD to exhibit at Laser 2011

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD), Europe’s only manufacturer of Liquid Crystal On Silicon (LCOS) microdisplays, is pleased to announce its attendance as an exhibitor at Laser 2011 in Munich, Germany between the 23rd and 26th of May 2011.

ForthDD’s presence will be at Scottish Development International’s Scottish Pavilion at B2-556, ForthDD will be exhibiting its SXGA-R5 microdisplay product.

The SXGA-R5 is ForthDD’s latest board level product and has been designed for space critical applications which still require the very best in image quality. At one quarter the size of its predecessor, the SXGA-R3, the SXGA-R5 can now be easily integrated into microdisplay applications as diverse as ophthalmic test equipment, electronic viewfinders and surgical microscopes.

In attendance will be European Sales Manager, David Vettese, who comments, “The European market is of vital importance to Forth Dimension Displays and we are seeing significant growth in a number of areas. We also recognise the importance of the Laser show as a central meeting point for showcasing innovative technologies and discussing new ideas. Further, as part of the Scottish Pavilion, we are proud to be part of a strong network of Scottish optoelectronic companies.”

In January of 2011, Kopin Corporation acquired ForthDD for approximately $11m and additional contingent consideration. For further information or to arrange a meeting please contact sales@forthdd.com or phone at +44 (0) 1383 827 950.

Forth Dimension Displays demonstrates SXGA–R5 microdisplay

TAUNTON, Mass, April 26, 2011 – Forth Dimension Displays (FDD), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kopin Corporation (Nasdaq: KOPN), announces the demonstration of their recently launched SXGA-R5 microdisplay solution, from today through Thursday at the Defense, Security and Sensing 2011 Symposium in Orlando, Florida.

The Symposium is sponsored by the Society for Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), an international organization advancing the science and application of light.

The SXGA-R5 microdisplay, a 0.88” reflective LCOS micro-display, is the latest generation in FDD’s family of high-performance 1280×1024 displays and is ideally suited for applications such as high-end training, simulation and medical systems. The SXGA-R5 also sports an advanced interface which significantly reduces control circuit size while providing stunning image quality. FDD will be exhibiting the SXGA-R5 in booth #400 along side Kopins’ transmissive SXGA solutions.

“We are delighted with the market response to the launch of the SXGA-R5,” stated Greg Truman, President and CEO of Forth Dimension Displays. “Early adopters throughout Scandinavia, France and the USA have successfully integrated the SXGA-R5 into cutting edge new products within the scientific and ophthalmic diagnosis fields.”

Recently acquired by the Kopin Corporation, FDD has combined forces with Kopin in an effort to address a broader range of market opportunities. “The AMLCD display is by far the most reliable and advanced display technology available today,” stated Dr. John C. C Fan, president and CEO of Kopin Corporation. “FDD’s reflective display technology offers a complimentary solution to our transmissive approach and is well suited for projection applications and products requiring ultra-high brightness.”

“With a footprint nearly one quarter the size of the SXGA-R3, the SXGA-R5 is not only more versatile, but its added functionality provides for the utmost in imaging quality in a lower power, cost effective display,” stated David Vettese, European Sales Manager for Forth Dimension Displays. “With this compact form factor and increased performance, we are now targeting applications in the defense, security and industrial markets, and this is a great opportunity to showcase the device at one of SPIE’s most prestigious events.”


Tiny microdisplays are revolutionising optics with high resolution images that are mirrored directly in front of the eye. Viewers feel they are in the thick of the action, and especially pilots will appreciate the benefits in flight simulations.

The secret market leader in this field is the Scottish company Forth Dimension Displays. “Big is beautiful” is the motto when it comes to displays, yet what holds true for consumers, turns into the very opposite for scientific and engineering applications. Instead, true adepts in their fields extract the maximum out of miniaturised monitors – like the Adlershof subsidiary of the Scottish company Forth Dimension Displays.

The company conjures brilliant images from displays that wouldn’t even cover a postage stamp.

The trick: magnifying optics integrated in special goggles, so called head mounted displays (HMDs), mirror the images directly in front of the eye, giving rise to a realism that has brought customers running to Forth Dimension, above all providers of training and simulation systems and imaging techniques in medical engineering, measurement technologies and film production, including the ARRI Group and EADS Astrium N.V. A great many flight simulations are equipped with these microdisplays, and surgeons can pop open MRT images before their eyes while they are operating.

But why the “forth dimension” for this so called near to eye (NTE) technology? Nigel Cartwright, Managing Development Engineer, laughed: “It’s a play on words. On the one hand, our head office in Scotland is on the river Forth, and on the other we interpret time to be the fourth dimension.”

And time is essential for this new technology. At its heart are special liquid crystals, so called liquid crystals on silicon (LCOS), used to make up the displays. LCOS reflect light at great speed.

Not only that, the material allows Forth Dimension to depict the whole colour spectrum on only the one pixel in the image – circumventing the usual procedure of distributing red, green and blue light over a number of pixels.

The result is high resolution display build up. “We are the world market leader in the field of high resolution NTE displays,” added Cartwright. “Our key market is Europe, above all here in Germany.” Adlershof was therefore ideal owing to its central location.

“Moreover, we’re hoping to cooperate with research institutes,” he emphasised. Incidentally, the displays do full justice to a peculiar Scottish discipline: They’re not only miserly in size, but also in energy consumption. by Chris Löwer


Kopin Acquires European Manufacturer of Reflective Microdisplays

TAUNTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Building on its leadership in full-colour microdisplay technology for high-performance applications, Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN) today announced that it has acquired all of the outstanding common stock of Scotland-based Forth Dimension Displays Ltd. (FDD), an industry leading provider of all-digital, ultrahigh-resolution, near-to-eye ferroelectric reflective microdisplays.

The purchase price was approximately $11 million in cash plus an earnout provision if certain revenue milestones are reached within one year of the purchase date.

“Our acquisition of FDD opens new market opportunities for Kopin and expands our product offerings to our customers,” said Kopin President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. John C.C. Fan. “FDD’s ultrahigh-resolution reflective microdisplay is already used extensively within a variety of applications such as high-performance cinematography, training and simulation, 3D metrology and medical imaging. Its proprietary Time Domain Imaging (TDI™) technology provides beautiful high-resolution, full-colour images that are critical for these high-end applications. Kopin is the leading transmissive microdisplay company in the world, and with this acquisition we will be the only microdisplay manufacturer that can offer complete system solutions with either reflective or transmissive liquid crystal display technologies,” Dr. Fan continued. “We are delighted to welcome the company’s employees to the Kopin family.”

Greg Truman, Chief Executive Officer of FDD, said, “FDD has enjoyed a very successful 2010 with design wins with several high-performance cinematography camera manufacturers. FDD is delighted to become part of Kopin, and we look forward to contributing our technology expertise to new product applications and markets.”

FDD had approximately $6 million of revenue in 2010 and Kopin projects that FDD will be accretive to 2011 earnings. All of FDD’s key employees have agreed to join Kopin.

About Kopin

Kopin Corporation’s voice-activated, wireless, hands-free Golden-i® mobile computing headsets, power-efficient, ultra-small liquid crystal displays, and heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) are revolutionising the way people around the world see, hear and communicate. Kopin has shipped more than 30 million displays for a range of consumer and military applications including digital cameras, personal video eyewear, camcorders, thermal weapon sights and night vision systems. The innovative Golden-i computing headsets are generating strong interest in industrial, medical, military, homeland security and utility applications. The Company’s unique HBTs, which help to enhance battery life, talk time and signal clarity, have been integrated into billions of wireless handsets as well as into WiFi, VoIP and high-speed Internet data transmission systems. Kopin’s proprietary display, Golden-i and III-V technologies are protected by more than 200 global patents and patents pending. For more information, please visit Kopin’s website at www.kopin.com.

Forth Dimension Displays is a Finalist for the 2010 Red Herring 100 Global Award

Forth Dimension Displays announced today it has been selected as a finalist for Red Herring’s top 100 Global award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures. The Red Herring editorial team selected the most innovative companies from a pool of 1200 companies from across the world.

The nominees are evaluated on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their respective industries.

This unique assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the actual track record and standing of a company, which allows Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list an important instrument for discovering and advocating the greatest business opportunities in the industry.

“2010 was very difficult but extremely rewarding”, said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “Despite lingering effects of the global economic situation, there are many great companies producing truly innovative and amazing technologies, to the extent that we had a hard time narrowing the pool and selecting the finalists. ForthDD shows great promise therefore deserves to be among the Finalists. Now we’re faced with the difficult task of selecting the Winners of the Top 100 Global Award.”

Finalists for the award are selected based upon their technological innovation, management strength, market size, investor record, customer acquisition, and financial health. During the several months leading up to the announcement, hundreds of companies in spaces such as mobile, security, Web 2.0, software, hardware, biotech, and clean tech sent in their submissions to qualify for the award.

The Top 100 winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on January 26.

Forth Dimension Displays leaps ahead of the competition with the most impressive next generation microdisplay

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) is thrilled to announce the biggest advance in near-to-eye (NTE) display performance since their SXGA microdisplay revolutionized NTE systems in 2002: ForthDD’s up-coming QXGA microdisplay.  The QXGA microdisplay (2048 x 1536 pixels) leaps ahead of the competition by offering the highest resolution available for NTE applications in the world.

With an industry leading fill factor, no performance detracting sub-pixels or color filters, the QXGA will continue ForthDD’s tradition of enabling the highest performance WFOV applications with scalable illumination supplied by extended color gamut light sources, all with neatly integrated compact, fully digital interfaces.

Utilizing the same time proven reflective fast switching LCOS and all digital TDI™ technologies that has powered all of the high performance HMDs worldwide for the last 8 years, this exciting product will leverage ForthDD’s proven world-leading manufacturing capabilities for high performance premium quality microdisplays, thus enabling immediate availability without disappointing production ramp ups hindered by low yield processes.  Perhaps even more attractively, the QXGA and interface electronics will enter the market at an immediately competitive price.

The features of the new QXGA include a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, an aspect ratio of 4:3, and active display area of <0.9” / 22.9mm diagonal and native 24 bit color depth.
A number of targeted applications will benefit from this new masterpiece.  ForthDD expects that the new QXGA display will be quickly incorporated into Wide Field of View Head Mounted Displays (WFOV HMDs) for the Training, Simulation and Educational markets, enabling the design and manufacture of WFOV HMDs which have a spatial resolution of 1.5 arc minutes / per pixel at 100° FOV.  This spatial resolution will match the visual acuity of the average human eye and will further blur the boundary between virtual environments and reality.

This WFOV will be groundbreaking and achieved without optical tiling of multiple low resolution microdisplays.  Engaging the peripheral vision via an extended higher definition field of view will improve the situational awareness and therefore increase the ability to replicate reality. The ForthDD QXGA is the only microdisplay which has been publicly announced that will enable an immersive (>100° FOV) HMD with no resolvable pixel structure.

Additional applications will include Full HD and 2K electronic viewfinders for cameras and surveillance systems with an abundance of space available on the display, above and below the Full HD window for high performance On Screen Displays (OSDs).

ForthDD’s plan for the QXGA is to have it qualified and shipping out to customers in 2012.
For more information on this revolutionary new product, please come and speak to us at I/ITSEC booth number 1772 or contact sales@forthdd.com

Introducing the R5 new and improved video interface

The latest revision of video interface has now been launched by Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD).
The interface with suffix -R5 is now available from Europe’s only LCOS manufacturer, and is capable of driving either the 96% fill factor WXGA microdisplay, or the industry leading 1280 x 1024 pixel SXGA microdisplay.

The -R5

The -R5 is simply an acronym for Release 5 of the ForthDD microdisplay interface.  ForthDD continue to have the second and third release of this interface on their line card with suffix -R2D and -R3 respectively, as well as the -3DM suffix interface (which essentially is the fourth interface release).


The distinguishing feature of this revolutionary new interface is the small printed circuit board, with a footprint approximately one quarter of the size of its predecessor; the -R3.  ForthDD have deliberately designed this product to have a reduced footprint and to drive the display directly instead of over a cable.  The interface continues to offer only the very best in microdisplay imaging quality, complimented by a more compact, lower power package to further enable the opening of new applications and opportunities.

Initial clients are located in Scandinavia, France and the USA.  Each incorporate the ForthDD -R5 system into display and non-display applications alike and these predominantly include instruments from both the scientific and ophthalmic diagnosis industries.

The -R5 also provides the ideal platform for an electronic viewfinder as used in cinematography, military training and medical applications and the sales and applications team are currently hot on the heels of new design-ins being completed in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan.

The -R5 will be featured at the forthcoming I/ITSEC exhibition from the 29th of November – 2nd of December (stand 1772) at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.
Available now as a development kit and in larger volumes for series production.  For more information on the -R5, please contact sales@forthdd.com.

Liquid Crystal On Silicon (LCOS). Nature Photonics

Liquid Crystal On Silicon (LCOS). David Vettese.
nature photonics.| VOL 4 | NOVEMBER 2010 | www.nature.com/naturephotonics, page 752

Microdisplays based on liquid-crystal-on-silicon technology may soon gain wider recognition as they penetrate an increasing number of markets, ranging from electronic viewfinders to miniature data projectors and head-up displays.

When it comes to display technologies, the concepts of both liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) and cathode ray tubes (CRTs) are widely known. The same cannot be said of liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS), even though this technology is used extensively in many industries that require high quality microdisplays.

Most LCOS devices comprise a layer of liquid crystal sandwiched between a top sheet of glass coated with a transparent electrode, and a pixelated silicon substrate (or backplane) made by the complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) fabrication process. Because the silicon is reflective, it serves as a mirror element for each pixel, with the strength of the reflection electronically controlled by the amount of light transmitted through the liquid crystal above. Separate channels of red, green and blue light illuminate the LCOS chip in turn, with electronic drive signals controlling the transmission state of each pixel to form an active-matrix colour image. In some cases, a dedicated LCOS chip is used for each colour channel.

This is a very simple and elegant design concept: the backplane is formed from a standard CMOS processed wafer and the glass substrate has no patterning. Indeed, the CMOS industry benefits from the heavy investments made by other industries, which allows for increases in pixel density (and, thus, higher resolution) without the need for LCOS manufacturers’ investment.

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A proud moment for Forth Dimension Displays employees

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) are extremely proud to have raised a whopping £2,255 for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

CHAS donation
Left to right: Kelly MacIntyre, Stuart Robertson and David Vettese from Forth Dimension Displays

CHAS is a Scottish charity which provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.  With two hospices in Scotland; Rachel House in Kinross, and Robin House in Balloch, this charity admirably provides support for children and their families through what one can only imagine is any parent’s worst nightmare.  CHAS offer short planned breaks, emergency support, end of life care and a range of bereavement services to families.

Encouraged by Real Radio’s push on ‘Bring a Pound to Work Day’, Allison Craig from ForthDD made a substantial difference to the pot, ensuring all staff made a contribution.  Along with colleagues David Vettese, Kelly MacIntyre, Claire Rankine, Graeme Millar and Stuart Robertson, Allison also took part in the Walk for Scotland, a 6.7 mile circular hike which begins in Holyrood Park, taking participants through Duddingston.

Stuart Robertson, ForthDD’s Senior Industrial Engineer decided to bravely conquer the West Highland Way, which boasts an impressive 96 miles, running from Milngavie (North of Glasgow) all the way to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.  Two of Stuart’s friends accompanied him.

Having agreed prior to beginning their journey that there would be no hotels or luxuries on the way, the three buddies set out, following the suggested 7 day plan.  The team were soon to discover that most of those who had decided to embark on this somewhat treacherous walk, were booked into nice heated accommodation, and had full access to hot showers and warm beds.  So, whilst Stuart and his friends woke up most mornings to 6 pairs of soggy socks, they were often met by some very smug ramblers along the way.  Suffice to say, they were all very relieved to return to the comfort of their own homes!

Stuart (on the right) with his two walking buddies

Stuart regularly takes part in local running events and hopes to do some more fundraising for CHAS in the future.  He said, “CHAS is a great cause and seeing the facilities really brought it home as to why we all took part.”

David Vettese, European Sales Manager at ForthDD was also extremely successful in raising funds for CHAS through a golfing event held on the 20th of May this year, at Burntisland Golf Course.  Sponsored by Eden Scott, Molex, Sonart and EBV Elektronik, the winners included Fred Hallsworth of Forth DD, Nigel Ballard of Molex, Bruce Hydes of Eden Scott and David Kirchen of HBJ Gateley Wareing LLP, whilst many others received prizes, kindly donated by the sponsors.  David commented, “A great day was had by all and thankfully, the weather really held up.  Thanks to all those who helped in organising it – it was fantastic to raise all this money for such a worthwhile cause.”

Chris Chalmers from ForthDD doing his best Jack Nicklaus impression
Peter Hall of ForthDD, provided the running commentary…

Kelly MacIntyre of ForthDD has been volunteering for CHAS on a regular basis over the last year.  Kelly said, “The facility at Rachael House is a very magical place and they rely almost fully on the good will of the volunteers as well as the full-time staff to get involved with anything, from gardening to cleaning.”

All the fundraising staff from ForthDD were invited to visit the facilities recently.  Allison Craig commented, “The facility was quite basic and cares for small babies as well, as children in their late teens.  This charity really struggles to get significant funding and a weekly grocery bill alone can come to £5,000!”

A special thanks also goes out to the ladies from the ForthDD clean room who raised an impressive amount through their bake sale.

You too can support CHAS by making a donation via their website at: https://www.keepthejoyalive.org.uk/donate

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