Helmet Mounted Image Source/Display for Tactical Air Combat Operations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,178.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-6576
Award Id:
72849
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-060-3067
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2602 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont, CO, 80503
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
151045382
Principal Investigator:
Mark Handschy
Chief Technical Officer
(303) 772-2191
handschy@displaytech.com
Business Contact:
Mark Handschy
Chief Technical Officer
(303) 772-2191
handschy@displaytech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We propose development of innovative head-mounted display (HMD) imagers that combine a commercially-proven technology with performance characteristics that would let a single display product serve a wide range of military HMD applications. Our HMDs are based on low-voltage/fast-switching ferroelectric liquid crystal on silicon (FLCOS) display panels with LED illumination. This combination enables HMDs with the following distinguishing characteristics: (a) all-digital gray-scale with integrated drive electronics including programmable gamma control and refresh-free display of stored images and (b) ultra-high brightness up to 30,000 fL and beyond. These characteristics enable single-chip, low-power HMD image-generation systems in compact packages with few-wire cable interconnects. The Phase I effort will demonstrate an ultra-high brightness 1280 x 1024 full-color laboratory-prototype HMD. Through the design, fabrication, and characterization of a CMOS test chip, it will also prove the feasibility of an innovative all-digital gray-scale pixel architecture providing the foundation for one-chip HMDs with resolution roadmap driven by Moore's Law from 1280 ' 1024 to 2K ' 2K.

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