Scalable One-Panel LCoS System for 4k2k and 8k4k Resolutions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-14-C-6566
Agency Tracking Number: F131-017-0674
Amount: $849,929.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-017
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-04-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-09-15
Small Business Information
2 Commercial Blvd, Suite 201, Novato, CA, 94949-6123
DUNS: 011164714
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Michael Jin
 Chief Technology Officer
 (707) 694-5182
Business Contact
 Paul Jin
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (617) 501-6112
Research Institution
ABSTRACT:For the next generation of wide field-of-view (FOV) helmet-mounted displays (HMDs) and virtual simulators that satisfy the 20/20 visual acuity requirement, a microdisplay and drive circuitry subsystem solution with commensurate resolution is needed. To address this need, a compact control board system with 2 outputs of 1080p resolution was successfully developed and utilized in Phase I to drive two quadrants of a 3840x2160 (4K UHD) image area within Silicon Micro Displays 4096x2240 microdisplay with 4.5um pixel pitch. At the end of the Phase I effort, a 4K UHD resolution Color-Ultrahigh-Definition-Micro Display (4K CUDM) subsystem prototype goggle consisting of a pair of 4K UHD resolution Liquid-Crystal-on-Silicon (LCoS) microdisplays each driven by a pair of the developed driver board, operating at 240 Hz field-sequential-color (FSC) mode set was delivered to the Air Force. The Phase I results will be extended in Phase II towards realizing a single driver board-based 3-D CUDM system with flexibility built in for motion sensor and symbology overlay input upgrades. The scalability of the resulting CUDM and driver board architecture will land itself readily to the next generation jump in CUDM technology toward 7860x4320 (8K UHD) resolution.BENEFIT:The goal of Phase II is to exit with a 4K CUDM Subsystem that is limited-production-ready (LP-ready) and ready for full system integration and product development. LP-readiness means that the 4K CUDM Subsystem is sufficiently developed, characterized, and reliable for a limited volume pre-production run to support third-party integration for system development. Additionally, our objective is to have a robust, manufacturable, and cost-effective 4K CUDM Subsystem that can be in volume production within 6 to 12 after Phase II.The market opportunities for the 4K CUDM Subsystem include disparate applications in the military, profession/commercial, medical, and consumer gaming markets. The military marketAir Force in particularrepresents the greatest market opportunity because:Applications are well-defined, understood, and matureHigh resolution (4K UHD and beyond) and large FOV requirements are establishedApplication areas are numerous and diverse, representing the largest potential volume.Therefore, the Air Force is our key end-customer for use in applications like the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS). Other military applications include HMD systems for pilots (all aircraft), tankers, and dismounted combatants in both tactical and training simulators.Professional/commercial applications include simulation training for Homeland Security, police force, and 3D CAD engineering applications. Medical applications include devices for ophthalmic disease diagnosis and therapy, surgical simulation trainers, and remote robotic surgical visualization systems. The consumer video game market holds promise, but the economics will follow in the wake of military and professional system implementations.

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