Helmet Mounted Image Source/Display for Tactical Air Combat Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-6576
Agency Tracking Number: F051-060-3067
Amount: $99,178.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-060
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
2602 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont, CO, 80503
DUNS: 151045382
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Handschy
 Chief Technical Officer
 (303) 772-2191
Business Contact
 Mark Handschy
Title: Chief Technical Officer
Phone: (303) 772-2191
Email: handschy@displaytech.com
Research Institution
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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