Army chooses Kopin's instant-on LCD displays for new thermal weapon sights

TAUNTON, Mass., 17 Nov. 2007. U.S. Army officials needed displays for their latest thermal weapon sights. They found their solution from Kopin Corp. in Taunton, Mass.

Nov 17th, 2007

TAUNTON, Mass., 17 Nov. 2007. U.S. Army officials needed displays for their latest thermal weapon sights. They found their solution from Kopin Corp. in Taunton, Mass.

The Army is choosing Kopin's CyberDisplay 640M LVR display for use in the U.S. Army's new thermal weapon sight program, the TWS Bridge, which has potential volumes exceeding 150,000 units, Kopin officials say. This display is designed to operate at temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius with nearly instant-in capability without the need for an external heater.

The CyberDisplay 640M LVR monochrome display with 640-by-480-pixel VGA resolution combines Kopin's low-voltage (LV) architecture, which reduces AMLCD video levels by 50 percent, and Kopin's Vcom thin-film technology, which serves as an active matrix element while simultaneously operating as an integral heating element.

The display system, including Kopin's new general purpose back-end ASIC driver, dissipates less than 130 milliwatts during normal operation. Kopin is readying the CyberDisplay 640M LVR for volume production in early 2008. Qualification and accelerated life testing of the display was done earlier this year.

Kopin is working on blending the instant-on technology into full-color displays with resolutions to 1,280 by 1,024 pixels. Kopin anticipates making the instant-on technology available in military displays by the end of 2008.

For more information contact Kopin online at www.kopin.com.

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