CRL Opto Spins Out Display Products Company AccuScene

May 6, 2002
Edinburgh, Scotland, May 3, 2002 -- Display technology company CRL Opto Limited has spun out a new company, AccuScene Corporation Limited. AccuScene is initially developing advanced viewfinders for Panavision's professional film and television cameras. The new viewfinder will allow film and television professionals to view motion picture and television images, as they are being shot, in accurate colour and at high resolution.

Edinburgh, Scotland, May 3, 2002 -- Display technology company CRL Opto Limited has spun out a new company, AccuScene Corporation Limited. AccuScene is initially developing advanced viewfinders for Panavision's professional film and television cameras. The new viewfinder will allow film and television professionals to view motion picture and television images, as they are being shot, in accurate colour and at high resolution. Due to limitations of conventional CRT or LCD viewfinders and monitors this is not usually possible without using costly and bulky off-camera equipment.

AccuScene has licensed microdisplay technology from CRL Opto, and is developing an advanced, high-performance viewfinder for use in cinematography and graphic arts applications in motion picture and television production, post-production and broadcast markets. In return, CRL Opto's parent company, Scipher plc has taken a 20% shareholding in AccuScene. CRL Opto has been contracted by AccuScene to design, develop and supply the electronics required to drive the microdisplays used in the viewfinders.

Located near Edinburgh, Scotland, AccuScene Corporation Limited focuses on the development and marketing of specialist professional display products including high-definition viewfinders for professional camera applications. AccuScene is planning to roll out a family of related products including digital viewfinders for 35mm film cameras, hand-held viewers for off-camera use, and other products using microdisplay technology.

Scipher's patented microdisplays employ liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) technology where the surface of silicon chips, made by standard processes, is coated by ferroelectric liquid crystal material. This creates ultra-compact, high-resolution displays that can produce full-colour, high quality images. Due to the size of the displays (up to 1 inch diagonal) and because they can produce a high resolution, full colour image on a single device, they have significant advantages in size and weight, as well as reducing the amount of electronic and optical components required in many display products. These advantages are being exploited in products such as projectors, rear projection TVs and monitors, and direct view applications such as camera viewfinders, medical, military, and simulation.

CRL Opto Limited develops and licenses new LCD technologies and creates and sells advanced optoelectronic products. The company provides specialist expertise in displays and optoelectronics R&D. CRL Opto operates from sites in Dalgety Bay, Scotland and near London Heathrow and has representatives in Brazil, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, India, Sweden, Taiwan and the U.S.

CRL Opto's range of standard products include miniature transmissive LCDs, reflective ferroelectric LCOS microdisplays and fast switching ferroelectric shutters. CRL Opto also provides specialist coatings and photolithography services. CRL Opto's technologies are used in many applications including 3-D display systems, micro-lens array processing, head-up displays, holography, printing, photography, ophthalmic and thermal imaging equipment.

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