HEADS-UP DISPLAY FOR SHIPBOARD USE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
9002
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Polytronix Inc.
805 Alpha De, Richardson, TX, 75081
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Jacob W Lin
(214) 238-7045
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A NEW TYPE OF LIQUID CRYSTAL MATERIAL, POLYMER DISPERSED LIQUID CRYSTALS (PDLC), WILL BE DEVELOPED FOR USE AS A HEADS-UP DISPLAY. THIS PROPOSAL IS CENTERED ON RECENT DRAMATIC ADVANCES IN LIQUID CRYSTAL TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATED BY THESE PDLC UNITS. THESE NEW MATERIALS EXHIBIT EXCELLENT TRANSMISSION (>90%) IN THE POSITIVE CLEAR MODE, ALONG WITH RAPID RESPONSE TIME (\1 MILLISECOND) AND LOW VOLTAGE (\30V) AND POWER (300 NW) REQUIREMENTS. ADDITIONALLY, THESE DEVICES CLEARLY HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR FABRICATION AS LARGE AREA (PERHAPS UP TO 1 METER X 1 METER) DISPLAYS INCLUDING USE ON CURVILINEAR SURFACES. THE PHASE I WORK EFFORT WILL INVOLVE CONSTRUCTION OF PROTOTYPE DISPLAYS AND WILL INCLUDE QUANTITATIVE MEASUREMENTS OF DISPLAY CHARACTERISTICS (I.E., % TRANSMISSION, CONTRAST AND BRIGHTNESS, RESPONSE TIME AND ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS). THE PHASE I WORK EFFORT WILL CONCLUDE WITH SUBMISSION OF WORKING HEADS-UP DISPLAY UNITS FOR EVALUATION BY NAVY PERSONNEL. OUR (POLYTRONIX) ABILITY TO RESPOND TO THIS INITIATIVE AND PROVIDE THE NECESSARY RESULTS IN ONLY A SIX-MONTH PERIOD IS PREDICATED ON OUR CURRENT RESEARCH ON PDLC MATERIALS. OUR RESULTS CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE THAT THE PDLC DISPLAYS DESCRIBED IN THIS PROPOSAL ARE NOW POSSIBLE TO BUILD AND OPERATE.

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