PRESS RELEASE: Kopin Announces New Breakthrough in Shrinking Display Size
High-Density Displays and Patents Strategically Position Kopin in High-Resolution Electronic Viewfinders for Camera Systems
TAUNTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 11, 2009-- Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), the leader in microdisplays for consumer and military applications, today announced a breakthrough in further shrinking the size of its color displays. By shrinking the color dots to a mere 2.9 x 8.7 µm from the previously announced 3.75 x 11.25 µm, Kopin has achieved a full-color VGA display (600 x 480 resolution) in a 0.27” diagonal size, which is by far the smallest VGA color-filter liquid crystal display (LCD) in the world.
“Our new VGA display with the smallest color dot in the industry is a major milestone for Kopin’s technology roadmap to provide more compact, higher resolution and lower power consumption displays,” said Dr. Boryeu Tsaur, Kopin’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Display Business Unit. “This exciting achievement is enabled by our innovative process improvements and unique pixel design, and results in an additional 40% reduction in display size.”
“This small color dot size is an important achievement in our previously announced goal to create a 2048 x 2048-resolution display in a size smaller than a typical postage stamp,” said Dr. John C.C. Fan, Kopin’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Using the same color dot size, we can create SVGA (800 x 600) displays in a 0.34” diagonal size, XGA (1024 x 768) displays in a 0.44” diagonal and SXGA (1280 x 1024) displays in a 0.56” diagonal size. These ultra-compact displays should be ideal for high-end digital still cameras requiring high-resolution electronic viewfinders.”
Kopin has two issued U.S. patents (#6,421,031 and 6,683,584) on the use of an LCD with a magnifying lens on a camera system. These patents include claims that are related to a camera having an active matrix LCD with red, green and blue light emitting elements, or viewing an image in a camera with an LCD having resolution equal to or higher than VGA. These patents together with Kopin’s new compact, energy-efficient displays will strategically position Kopin in the emerging digital single-lens-reflex (DSLR) cameras with high-resolution electronic viewfinders.
Kopin's 0.27", 600 x 480 pixel LCD display.
Photo provided by Kopin Corp.
Kopin Corporation produces lightweight, power-efficient, ultra-small liquid crystal displays and heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) that are revolutionizing 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 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 and HBT technologies are protected by more than 200 global patents and patents pending. For more information, please visit Kopin's website at www.kopin.com.
Kopin, CyberDisplay, and The NanoSemiconductor Company are trademarks of Kopin Corporation.
Safe Harbor Statement
Statements in this news release may be considered “forward-looking” statements under the “Safe Harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements relating to Kopin’s breakthrough in shrinking display size; performance expectations and market potential for CyberDisplay VGA LVD display and high-resolution displays to be developed with the 2.9 x 8.7 µm color dots; these ultra-compact displays should be ideal for high-end digital still cameras requiring high-resolution electronic viewfinders; Kopin’s ultra-compact displays should be ideal for high-end digital still cameras requiring high-resolution electronic viewfinders; and Company’s expectation that its patents and new compact displays will strategically position Kopin in the emerging high-end digital cameras with electronic viewfinders. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, manufacturing, marketing or other issues that may prevent either the adoption or rapid acceptance of products; competitive products and pricing; the risk that new product initiatives and other research and development efforts may not be successful; the loss of significant customers; the potential that costs to produce the Company’s microdisplay technology will increase significantly, or that yields will decline; the potential that military programs involving Kopin’s products will be delayed or cancelled; the potential that the Company’s military and commercial customers might be unable to ramp production volumes of their products; market acceptance of products in which Kopin’s displays are integrated; manufacturing delays, technical issues, economic conditions or external factors that may prevent the Company from achieving its forecasts; and other risk factors and cautionary statements listed in the Company’s periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the 12 months ended December 27, 2008, the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months-ended March 26, 2009 , and the Company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The Company undertakes no responsibility to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report.
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(First posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 at 14:42 EDT)