eMagin Announces First Public Demonstration of Ultra-High Brightness Direct Patterned (“DPD”) Full Color OLED Microdisplay


eMagin Corporation’s Senior Vice-President of R&D, Dr. Amal Ghosh, presented a paper entitled, “Directly Patterned 2645 PPI Full Color OLED Microdisplay for Head Mounted Wearables,” at the Society for Information Displays annual conference during Display Week 2016 at the Moscone Conference Center in San Francisco, CA.

Immediately following the presentation of the paper, eMagin demonstrated for the first time in public a direct patterned OLED microdisplay that can reach a maximum luminance of 4,500 nits with vivid colors and in full video mode.

The new full color DPD display, designated OLED-ULT, provides brightness that meets or exceeds the requirements for the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) markets.

“eMagin’s ultra-high brightness OLED-ULT technology is at the cusp of enabling the next generation of AR/VR applications which demand ultra-high brightness, full color imagery with extremely high contrast, compact size and very low power,” said Andrew G. Sculley, President and CEO of eMagin Corporation. “This demonstration generated tremendous interest from hundreds of attendees including a number representing Tier 1 display companies.

We are currently shipping our OLED-ULT displays as engineering samples to a few key customers that are interested in ultra-high brightness microdisplays for applications as diverse as aviation head mounted displays to AR and VR applications. Our current expectation is that we will begin shipping additional engineering samples to other customers in the fourth quarter of 2016.”

The active matrix OLED-ULT delivers crisp, high-contrast imagery via eMagin’s True BlackTM pixel technology. The screen turns on instantly at low temperatures without the need for heaters and is built to high commercial and military ruggedness standards OLED. The OLED-ULT display exhibits much lower color shift with angle than standard OLED microdisplays. This approach offers a high-resolution microdisplay with extended luminance performance without the need for a back light, illuminator, or separate drive circuitry which are necessary for LCOS or LCD technology microdisplays.