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For MEMS Displays, Projections of Success

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Smaller pixels, better optics result in brighter, higher-contrast images from today’s MEMS-based displays.

HANK HOGAN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, [email protected]

When it comes to microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based displays, what’s old is new — and now the only game in town. The old, and now only, technology involves projectors, which exploit MEMS chips to create images by bouncing light off either an array of tiny mirrors or a single microscopic mirror. Some of these displays are as big as movie screens. Others are small, near-eye displays. Still others are in-between, such as head-up displays in cars. What are no longer around, at least commercially, are display technologies based on MEMS interferometric modulators and...Read full article

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