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Kopin Awarded Army Contract

Photonics.com
Feb 2005
TAUNTON, Mass., Feb. 16 -- Kopin Corp., a provider of microdisplays for military, industrial and consumer applications, has won two new contracts to provide display hardware for the US Army's Thermal Weapon Sight (TWS) Program.

Kopin will provide microdisplay systems to BAE Systems, in Lexington, Mass., and DRS Optronics, in Palm Bay, Fla., as part of the Army's TWS-II program, which provides for five years of production of light, medium and heavy thermal weapon sights. Under the new contracts, TWS system qualification and initial production is scheduled for 2005 and volume production in 2006.

Kopin will provide DRS Optronics and BAE Systems with a combination of microdisplay system components, display modules and complete eyepiece assemblies. Each system will use its CyberDisplay 640M active matrix liquid crystal display, a ruggedized, industrial-grade, monochrome VGA-quality display with 640x480-pixel resolution in a 0.38-inch diagonal package. The display module for the TWS consists of the CyberDisplay 640M, backlight and interface/control electronics. The system converts the output from TWS thermal imaging electronics to a high-resolution monochrome image that allows soldiers to see in total darkness, smoke or dirty battlefield conditions and to identify targets that might be camouflaged.

For more information, visit: www.kopin.com



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