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Oerlikon, Microvision Team to Develop Microprojector

Photonics.com
Jun 2007
Oerlikon Optics announced yesterday it has been collaborating with Microvision to optimize that company's ultraminiature projection display engine, the Pico Projector, or PicoP. Optical components maker Oerlikon is providing its experience in high-volume design to create a compact, manufacturable and affordable product, the Balzers, Liechtenstein-based company said. Microvision of Redmond, Wash., manufactures laser scanning and imaging products. The PicoP is an ultraminiature projector capable of producing color rich, high resolution large images, but small and low-power enough to be embedded directly into mobile devices, such as cell phones, Oerlikon said. Other potential applications include tiny projectors embedded into or used as accessory displays for mobile devices, such as personal media players, gaming devices, laptops and DVD players. "Working with Microvision makes perfect sense for our optics business since the technology is highly complimentary to our present product portfolio and can be applied across the entire range of microdisplay and scanning devices," said Mike Cusick, Oerlikon senior vice president and head of optics. The PicoP will be shown this week during audiovisual and information communications trade show InfoComm 2007 in Anaheim, Calif., at Oerlikon's booth (hall D, booth 1319).


GLOSSARY
microdisplay
A transmissive, reflective or emissive high-resolution display that typically measures 1 cm diagonally, and whose use requires magnifying optics to project a highly magnified image on a surface for the image to be observed by the viewer.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
scanning
The successive analysis or synthesizing of the light values or other similar characteristics of the components of a picture area, following a given method.
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