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Forth Dimension Displays win Best Newcomer Award for Environmental Management at this years’ Green Business Fife Awards.

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Left to right: David Miller of the BBC, Andy McKay of          ForthDD and Peter Quinn of ScotAsh.

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As companies come under ever increasing levels of scrutiny when it comes to their environmental responsibilities, ForthDD were delighted to announce their Best Newcomer Award for Environmental Management at this years’ Green Business Fife Awards, held at Balbirnie House Hotel, Glenrothes, in May.  Winners were congratulated for their work on environmental performance, products, services and green entrepreneurship by BBC Scotland’s environmental correspondent, David Miller, who was the ceremony’s guest of honour.

The categories on which the judges based their decisions included; Environmental Sustainability, Business Success (innovation and leadership), Benefits for the Wider Community, Sustainable Procurement and Supply Chain initiatives.

The assessment for qualification was carried out by an independent consulting group and adjudicator, allocated by the Carbon Trust.  The Carbon Trust provides specialist support to businesses and the public sector throughout the UK to assist in cutting carbon emissions, saving energy and commercialising low carbon technologies.  Entrants came from the manufacturing sector, the food industry, IT and consultancy companies, consumer services, media and education with a significant increase in the number of small companies entering, outnumbering larger companies by around 3 to 1.

This big win will mean that ForthDD will now be automatically submitted to the Scotland wide VIBES awards (www.vibes.org.uk), which could lead to its nomination for the European Business Awards (www.businessawardseurope.com), an opportunity which ForthDD will certainly strive toward.

Andy McKay of ForthDD commented, “This has been a fantastic achievement for us and is further testament to our ongoing work to reduce our carbon footprint.”  Andy is ForthDD’s Facilities, Engineering and Health & Safety Manager, dedicating much of his time to looking at how overheads can be reduced, and more importantly, how waste is minimised in the processes of production and to reduce overall carbon emissions as a firm.  Andy added, “A considerable amount of hard work has been put into this by introducing new projects and initiatives for a better sustainable business practice”.  Andy regularly attends business meetings specifically related to current environmental issues, as well as a number of other renewable energy supply chain events.

In addition to all the good work ForthDD are involved with internally, a policy of conducting business travel with airlines who use efficient aircraft whilst using the maximum number of seats (Easyjet, Ryanair and Flybe) was also introduced, thereby minimising the emissions/CO2 impact (and cost) of business travel.

David Vettese, European Sales Manager says, “Those of us travelling to and from Edinburgh Airport have switched from taxis to public transport, reducing cost and emissions, CO2 impact and number of car journeys.  In our Berlin office we have taken this one step further with a no car / no taxi policy by which all transport (including between home and office) is undertaken via public transport; by bus, rail and tram.”

Greg Truman, CEO of Forth DD added, “This is a fantastic accolade for ForthDD and an issue which we will continue to keep at the forefront of our overall business objectives.”


ForthDD, Hull University and Kingston Chemicals at the Leading Edge of FLC Developments

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) in partnership with Kingston Chemicals and the University of Hull are pleased to announce their participation in a potentially groundbreaking research program entitled “Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals for Defect Free Displays”.

Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals are fast, binary switching liquid crystals which have found many applications in microdisplay markets such as those serviced by ForthDD’s SXGA and WXGA microdisplay and SLM products. Whilst this liquid crystal is a niche market enabler, it has never been used successfully in larger liquid crystal displays such as the popular flat panel LCDs as found in many high street stores.

The benefits of a fast switching liquid crystal are clear: by switching off the image in periods measured in tens of microseconds, the “ferroelectric” liquid crystal is far faster than the switching of the state of the art “nematic” liquid crystals which generally switch in periods measured in milliseconds. The possible results include a reduction in motion blur artefacts which continue to be the Achilles heel of many consumer LCDs.

While Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal has a long track record of being successfully used in microdisplays, it has always been more difficult to process in large area panels. Once processed into larger panels, the LC alignment quickly degrades and results in optical defects.

To tackle this, Dr. Robert Lewis of the University of Hull (a leading academic institute for liquid crystal research) will investigate the potential of novel smectic C fluoroterphenyl liquid crystals containing terminal carbosilane groups as well as novel FLC mixtures based on these carbosilane fluoroterphenyl compounds. This approach has shown promise in allowing ferroelectric liquid crystals to be processed into larger panels without degradation to allow for “artefact free ferroelectric liquid crystal displays”.

ForthDD is always interested in exploring new Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal materials that might further improve the performance of their world leading products as well as supporting further research in the Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal field. The company is, therefore, pleased to support the University of Hull by providing them with Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal filled test cells and ForthDD’s ability to consistently and accurately process samples of liquid crystal into testable cells will allow for repeatable and consistent measurement of liquid crystal performance.

ForthDD wishes their partners in this exciting project, both the University of Hull and Kingston Chemicals Ltd, every success. We all look forward to seeing Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals being used in displays solutions for every market need.

Forth Dimension Displays Certified for Quality ISO 9001:2008

Forth Dimensions Displays Ltd (ForthDD) as Europe’s only manufacturer of LCOS microdisplays is proud to announce that their ISO 9001 quality management system certificate is now fully compliant with the 2008 standard. This BS EN ISO 9001: 2008 credential certifies that a quality management system is in place for the provision of “design, development, manufacture and supply of liquid crystal microdisplay systems”.

Quality and innovation are at the heart of all Forth Dimension Displays activities and are paramount throughout every department. The certificate is the official confirmation of what all Forth Dimension Displays customers already know and trust.

ForthDD at SID Mid-European Chapter Event in Dresden

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) are proud to announce their participation in the forthcoming Society for Information Displays Mid European (SID-ME) Chapter Spring Meeting 2010 at the Fraunhofer IMPS in Dresden.

This event which is entitled “Personal Projection and Information Displays: OLED, MEMS and emerging technologies for HMD, HUD, flexible and pico-projectors” will take place between the 18th and 19th of March 2010.

As Europe’s only manufacturer of LCOS microdisplays, ForthDD will be playing an active role in the event with both an exhibition of their world class near-to-eye (NTE) microdisplay solutions along with a technical presentation on the important metrics of microdisplays for professional NTE applications.

Present at the ForthDD exhibit will be products from three of ForthDD’s customers.

EST of Kaiserslautern, Germany will be demonstrating a wide field of view head mounted display from NVIS Inc of Reston, VA, USA. NVIS designs and manufactures virtual reality displays that allow users to visualize and interact with simulated 3D environments. Their products incorporate wide field-of-view optics and high-resolution microdisplays into ergonomically designed displays optimized for comfort and ease-of-use.

Cybermind Interactive Netherlands will showcase their new simulated binocular product. This new system called the Cybermind VB56-SX will feature the ForthDD SXGA resolution microdisplay and 56 degree field of view binocular optics. These high end optronics are placed in a new design of handheld binoculars and can be configured according to the end users need using the programmable buttons. Simulated binoculars are used for: Navy and civil training and simulation, vehicle mounted sight systems, augmented Reality applications. More information is available on www.cybermindnl.com

Further to these new products, ForthDD will be exhibiting their latest WXGA resolution microdisplay in a monocular viewer. With an industry leading 96% fill factor, 1280 x 768 resolution and colour reproduction accurately achieved by ForthDD’s Time Domain Imaging, the WXGA is already the microdisplay of choice for applications where image quality is paramount.

One further exhibit will be the eagerly awaited –R5 interface. Designed with space critical and low power consumption applications in mind, the new –R5 will be of interest to many companies in the military, medical, cinematography and industrial market segments.

In attendance from ForthDD will be Nigel Cartwright (Senior Application Engineer) and Dave Vettese (European Sales Manager).

Mr. Vettese will be presenting a paper entitled “Fundamental Microdisplay Metrics for Near-to-Eye Applications: An analysis of the main features of microdisplays for best practice NTE designs” which will cover the main points to consider when designing a near-to-eye display for professional and high end market needs.

Mr. Cartwright will be available for in-depth technical discussions through out the event. Based in the German applications support office in Berlin, Nigel has experience of design-ins with every ForthDD product and was largely responsible for specifications and design of the ForthDD ASIC through to the SXGA-3DM system.

For further details, or to book an appointment please contact ForthDD sales team at:

Email: sales@forthdd.com
Tel: +44(0)1383 827 950
Web: www.forthdd.com

ASC ForthDD Now Open for Business

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) provides world class service and support through both our global sales channels and in house sales/application support engineers.

As a company we value good customer support not only as an important way that ForthDD can differentiate itself from its competitors but we realize that our success is built directly on the success of our customers.

To assist with everyday customer support requirements, ForthDD has created a repository of technical information where our valued customers can search and find information which will assist with their design-in and after-sales support. ForthDD called this the “Application Support Centre” or ASC and this can be accessed via a secure log-in portal on the main ForthDD website at www.forthdd.com

Within the Application Support Centre, customers can find product specific and technology generic information including:

• Applications Notes
• User Manuals
• Software, AP codes, and sequences
• Product datasheets
• Mechanical diagrams

Each document will be to the latest revision so customers can be assured of having the most up-to-date information.

Recent additions to the repository include updated applications notes for the SXGA-R3 system as well as a new application note on the RS-232 control protocol for the -3DM interface.

To obtain a secure log-in username and password, please contact ForthDD technical support team at tech-support@forthdd.com.

EADS Astrium Choose Forth Dimension Displays

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) are proud to announce that EADS Astrium of Toulouse, France have successfully implemented their SXGA microdisplay into their on-ground optical stimulation system for space sensors.

The Star Tracker Optical Stimulator or µSTOS is an item of test equipment that was developed to operate like a dynamic planetarium. The ForthDD microdisplay is used to project real star constellations from star catalogues which are then visualized by the satellite’s heading sensor just like a real sky. This allows EADS Astrium to functionally characterise the star tracker sensors of the satellite and verify the overall functions of the attitude control system ahead of launch.

“EADS Astrium is pleased to say that having chosen Forth Dimension Displays as the microdisplay provider for its new optical stimulators has enabled us to lower the weight by almost a factor 100 while improving the overall performance of the optical imaging system”.

Star Tracker Optical Stimulator

Workshop on Fringe Projection Attracts ForthDD

Forth Dimension Displays Ltd (ForthDD) will sponsor and attend the “Fringe 09 International Workshop on Advanced Optical Metrology” in Nürtingen, Germany between the 14th and 16th of September 2009.

Staff from ForthDD will be in attendance to introduce new customers to the latest projection display technology and interface electronics specifically designed for 3D metrology and fringe projection applications.

To make an appointment, or to receive further information on the SXGA-3DM product please email sales@forthdd.com or call +44(0)1383 827 950

Forth Dimension Displays debut WXGA microdisplay

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) have given the first public appearance of their much heralded WXGA resolution microdisplay at this years “Laser – World of Photonics” show in Munich, Germany.

With 1280 x 768 pixels and an industry leading full colour pixel fill factor of greater than 96%, ForthDD now have both of the world’s leading near to eye microdisplays (the other is ForthDD’s highly respected SXGA) on their line card.

WXGA microdisplay 530

Microdisplays by their very definition require magnification to realize the true image.  Whilst the very best attributes of a microdisplay are magnified, the worst aspects of the image are also magnified.  Knowing this, emphasis has been placed on the importance of the pixel visibility and to the coverage per pixel of the colour.  Unlike microdisplays which have colour filters, in a ForthDD pixel each colour covers the entirety of the pixel rather than just a fraction.  In the new WXGA microdisplay each colour is shown on more than 96% of the pixel rather than the 20%-23% visible in many other microdisplays.  Couple this with a considerable reduction in chicken wire or screen door effect and you begin to understand why ForthDD has established a position as the world’s leading suppliers of microdisplays into high quality near to eye applications.

Even before the WXGA had its first public viewing, ForthDD had secured three key design-ins for the WXGA with some of the most discerning microdisplay users in Europe, America and Japan.  These applications demanded the best image quality available on the market and there can be no better testament to the image quality that ForthDD’s products provide.

The WXGA is available in the R3-XD, R3 and 3DM configurations for display and non-display applications alike.

Little Hearts Matter to Forth Dimension Displays with their First Charity Golf Event

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) have enjoyed their first, in what is hoped to be an annual series, golf event which was held at Burntisland Golf House Club on the May 21st, 2009.  Golf has been played at Burntisland since 1797 (some historians suggest 1688) and it was very fitting that one of Scotland’s brightest and best technology companies play their golf at one of Scotland’s oldest and most beautiful golf courses.

Staff and former colleagues of ForthDD came together to raise funds for the “Little Hearts Matter”, a registered charity which offers support and information to parents and also raises awareness of those affected when a child has conditions such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, pulmonary atresia, tricuspid atresia or Double Inlet Ventricle.

In all, eleven contestants braved the challenge of Burntisland which is known for its long par 5 and unsighted par 3s.  As with many Scottish summers, the weather was changeable with driving rain and blistering sunshine both in attendance.

Golf Forth Dimension Displays
From left to right: Dave Vettese, Greg Truman, Robert Hoffman, Calum Dewar, Chris Chalmers, Mark Taylor, Graeme Miller, George Jack, Duncan Anderson, Mike Hay, Mark McCallum, Andrew McCue

In the individual event, the educated money was on Chris Chalmers (Senior Electronics Engineer) to win on his home course and so it was to prove as he won with an excellent 36 stable ford points, 9 ahead of his nearest rival, Principal Process Engineer Mark Taylor.  In third place was European Sales Manager Dave Vettese, just one point behind.

In the team event, the production team (Andrew McCue, Production Director and Mark Taylor) led the way with some consistent scoring.  In second place were Chris Chalmers, Graeme Miller (Senior Electronics Engineer) and their manager Calum Dewar for the product design team.  In third spot were the optics team (Duncan Anderson of Intense Photonics and Mark McCallum of Edinburgh Instruments) followed by the sales team (Robert Hoffman, Sales Director and Dave Vettese).   Bringing up the rear was the finance team of George Jack and Mike Hay.

Two other trophies were awarded on the day.  Dave Vettese won the “nearest the pin” competition at the par 3 5th hole and Mark Taylor won the “longest drive” with a 250+ yards smack at the par 4 13th hole.

Funds were raised by a series of fun events along with entrance fee for the golf.  Forth Dimension Displays also donated a large sum on a like for like basis.  All in, just over £600 has been raised from this event which has been donated to “Little Hearts Matter”.

Next year ForthDD hopes to see a number of customers and suppliers along with some better weather!  If you are interested in participating please contact Dave Vettese at sales@forthdd.com

Forth Dimension Displays expands operations with new office in Berlin

Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD) are delighted to announce the opening of their customer focused engineering operations based within Germany’s largest technology park, namely the Adlershof: City of Science, Technology and Media in Berlin.

ForthDD are recognised as the world’s leading supplier of microdisplays for high resolution “Near-To-Eye” applications and are also recognised as providers of a wide range of microdisplay solutions optimised for the best performance in demanding professional applications such head-up displays and 3D metrology systems. With a manufacturing facility in Scotland and sales offices in California and Tokyo, ForthDD are now opening an engineering bureau which will be fully focused on technical support for customers.

“Year on year growth for ForthDD, particularly in Germany, Spain and Switzerland, has necessitated an expansion of our application engineering staff resource” stated Greg Truman, CEO of Forth Dimension Displays. “To ensure that we have the engineering support close to our customers, we decided an office right in the heart of Europe would be highly appropriate. We chose Berlin Adlershof, not only because we have a number of customers in the Brandenburg region, but also due to its proximity to the future Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport. We can now have an engineer in nearly any office in West or Eastern Europe on a days notice”.

ForthDD are currently engaged in a number of design-ins with major European microdisplay system builders and their new move into Berlin re-enforces their position as the market leading microdisplay supplier who are aligned to their customers needs through providing optimised microdisplay solutions and best-in-class applications support.

The head of the Berlin office will be Nigel Cartwright, a very experienced applications engineer for Forth Dimension Displays. He stated: “Not only will we be in the position to assist with integration of our world leading microdisplay products such as the SXGA-3DM and the SXGA-R3, but we will also be well placed to engage in customised solutions for the non-standard applications. We look forward to opening our doors to new customers and new applications”.

The contact details for the new office are:

Forth Dimension Displays Ltd.
Schwarzschildstraße 3,
12489 Berlin
Telephone: +49(0)3063 923 114

For further information email: sales@forthdd.com

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