Oriscape selects Kopin’s CyberDisplay 922k to Power High-End CyberMan Video Eyewear System
TAUNTON, Mass. -- 1/25/2005 -- Stylish, high-performance VGA-quality microdisplay provides private cinema experience on the go
Kopin Corp. (NASDAQ: KOPN), the leading provider of microdisplays for mobile consumer electronics, today announced that Shenzhen Oriscape Electronic Co., Ltd. of China has incorporated the Kopin CyberDisplay(TM) 922k color filter VGA display into its latest and highest-end CyberMan video eyewear line.
The lightweight, portable CyberMan creates a private cinema experience, providing viewers with a virtual image equivalent to a 54-inch flat-panel screen viewed from nine feet, enhanced by full stereo sound. Two Kopin CyberDisplay color filter VGA microdisplays in the CyberMan GVD500 Series offer users the highest-resolution experience available in a video eyewear system.
“We initially launched CyberMan to capitalize on emerging mobile video technologies, including portable DVD players and wireless Internet access,” said Oriscape President Bill Ho. “At that stage, consumers were thrilled by the mere ability to get video on the go. Now they desire a richer, more dazzling multimedia experience, and Kopin’s VGA-resolution CyberDisplay delivers it. We look forward to working with Kopin to continually expand our product offerings as mobile video technology evolves.”
The Oriscape CyberMan plays media from sources such as DVD players, personal media players, PCs, portable TV tuners and cell phones. Users can also play GameCube, PlayStation and Xbox video games on the CyberMan. The VGA-equipped CyberMan will be available worldwide by the summer of 2005. Oriscape will focus a share of its marketing resources in “net bars” and video game centers, which are prolific throughout China.
“We believe the CyberMan is a great example of the kinds of mobile video products that will be launched this year and will be a strong growth driver next year and beyond, as content and delivery systems rapidly converge. This design win is also another example of Kopin’s commanding share and momentum in the fast-growing video eyewear market,” said Dr. John C. C. Fan, Kopin’s president and chief executive officer. “This market is being fueled by tremendous technological advances in mobile video, including our own contributions in display technology. Kopin and its CyberDisplay products are uniquely positioned to benefit into the next decade and beyond.”
Built with nanotechnology, the Kopin CyberDisplay Color Filter VGA is the world’s smallest, lowest power color-filter VGA-resolution and microdisplay. The active matrix liquid crystal display packs 921,600 color dots in the 0.44-inch package, a density that no other microdisplay maker has achieved. The device is capable of 16.7 million colors and extends battery power by consuming a mere 60-70 milliwatts of power while displaying a vivid full-color video image. Kopin CyberDisplays are transmissive displays and, thus, are ideal for wearable devices, camcorder and digital camera viewfinders and most portable consumer, military and industrial applications.
“Kopin’s high resolution in a tiny form factor provides big value to our users,” said Dr. Boryeu Tsaur, Kopin’s executive vice president of display operations. “Our patented technology allows us to create the smallest pixel in the microdisplay industry, which increases detail and color fidelity without increasing the overall display size. As a result, our displays generate higher-resolution computer graphics and video images, fully immersing the viewer in their movie, gaming or private computing experience. For the CyberMan, this means an expansive theatrical experience from our tiny CyberDisplays, which have compressed almost a million color dots in a 0.44-in. package.”
Oriscape is a privately held technological company specializing in the design and production of virtual-display products and audio-visual digital products. Founded in 2000, Oriscape focuses its products on head-mounted display, handheld near-to-eye display, helmet display, display kits, night-vision goggles, personal theatre, car DVD player, etc., and possesses a range of patents in the above-mentioned fields. Oriscape is headquartered in Shenzhen, China. For more information, please visit www.oriscape.com.cn
Founded in 1984, Kopin is pioneering the use of nanotechnology to manufacture nanosemiconductor products that make mobile electronic devices small, fast, bright, lightweight and power efficient. With an intellectual property portfolio of more than 200 issued and pending patents, Kopin supplies the world’s largest electronics manufacturers and government agencies with breakthrough semiconductor products. The Company’s liquid-crystal microdisplays, ultra-efficient transistors and high-brightness GaN LEDs enhance the delivery and presentation of voice, video and data. Kopin technology is currently used in nearly one-third of the world’s cell phones and camcorders and is the microdisplay standard for the U.S. military. For more information, please visit Kopin’s website at www.kopin.com.
Statements in this news release that are not historical facts may be considered forward-looking statements as defined in the “Safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could materially affect future results. Statements that may be considered forward-looking include: “We believe the CyberMan is a great example of the kinds of mobile video products that will be launched this year and will be a strong growth driver next year and beyond, as content and delivery systems rapidly converge”; and “this design win is also another example of Kopin’s commanding share and momentum in this fast-growing video eyewear market”; and “Kopin’s CyberDisplay products are uniquely positioned to benefit into the next decade and beyond.” Among these risk factors are general economic and business conditions and growth in the flat-panel display industry, the impact of competitive products and pricing, availability of third-party components, viability of integrated circuit fabrication facilities, cost and yields associated with production of the Company’s CyberDisplay imaging devices, loss of significant customers, acceptance of the Company’s products, continuation of strategic relationships, and the other risk factors and cautionary statements listed from time to time in the Company’s periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2003 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 25, 2004.
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