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eMagin Selected by US Army for OLED Helmet Upgrade

Photonics Spectra
Jul 2017
HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y. — Microdisplay developer eMagin Corp. has been selected by the U.S. Army as a sole source provider of OLED microdisplays for a major helicopter helmet upgrade.

The program will retrofit high-brightness, monochrome green microdisplays into the current fielded helmet. In addition to procuring displays, the initial contract will provide funding for the engineering of production tooling in higher-level display, taper and lens assembly.

“This award reaffirms eMagin’s vision that high-brightness OLED microdisplays represent the future technology in the markets we serve, including military, commercial and consumer,” said Andrew Sculley, CEO of eMagin. “Whether it involves surpassing the rigorous requirements of the aviation market or creating truly immersive virtual reality experiences in the consumer segment, we believe that high-brightness, OLED microdisplays are essential, and that eMagin is well-positioned to capitalize on this evolving trend with the brightest OLED microdisplays available in the market today.”

After ground and flight testing have been completed, it is anticipated that full production will commence in 2018 and continue for several years to complete retrofits for more than 1000 airframes.

eMagin manufactures high-resolution OLED microdisplays and integrates them with magnifying optics.


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.
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