Ultrahigh Definition OLED Microdisplay (UDM)

Award Information
Department of Defense
Air Force
Award Year:
Phase I
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Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-021
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Small Business Information
eMagin Corporation
3006 Northup Way, Suite 103, Bellevue, WA, 98004
Hubzone Owned:
Minority Owned:
Woman Owned:
Principal Investigator:
Ihor Wacyk
Director of Design
(845) 838-7942
Business Contact:
Susan Jones
EVP and Chief Business Officer
(425) 284-5214
Research Institution:
Development of an Ultrahigh definition (>5 megapixel) active matrix OLED microdisplay with high dynamic range and refresh rate, and which provides 20/20 acuity with a digital near-eye visualization system, has the potential to significantly increase warfighter effectiveness without requiring compromises between resolution, field of view and digital capability. Active matrix OLED has been proven to be a reliable technology for microdisplay applications ranging from night vision to situational awareness to a variety of commercial uses. The use of CMOS technology to build the underlying drive electronics on the same substrate is a key benefit of the emissive properties of OLED, and offers a high potential for the design of very high pitch displays. In Phase I we will define the requirements for a 4-micron monochrome OLED pixel driver circuit capable of high dynamic range and a 96 Hz refresh rate, evaluate one or more design concepts that meet these requirements, simulate the most promising designs, and assess the manufacturability of a 5 mega-pixel OLED microdisplay based on such a design. The project will define design parameters for the world's highest resolution OLED with the highest dynamic range for use by the US Air Force and other demanding dual use applications. BENEFIT: The US Air Force has defined a need for a high-resolution microdisplay (5 Mpx threshold) combined with wide FOV optics for high visual acuity helmet mounted systems such as the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) as well as helmet mounted display (HMD) systems for pilots and dismounted soldiers throughout the Armed Services. In addition, there are strong opportunities for commercialization of the Ultrahigh definition microdisplay for a diverse array of applications ranging from first responders/security and medical imaging to personal communication devices and electronic gaming.

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