Microvision integrates first direct green lasers into Pico Projector prototypes

Nov. 2, 2010
Redmund, WA--Microvision, Inc. (NASDAQ: MVIS), announced it has successfully integrated the first "direct green" diode laser samples into pico projector benchtop prototypes. This achievement represents an important first step toward the commercialization of display engines using direct green lasers.
Redmund, WA--In what the company calls a critical milestone on the company's technology roadmap Microvision, Inc. (NASDAQ: MVIS), announced it has successfully integrated the first green diode laser samples from two leading manufacturers into pico projector benchtop prototypes. This achievement represents an important first step toward the commercialization of display engines using direct green lasers.The company says that its PicoP display engine utilizing a direct green laser is expected to offer significant commercial advantages in price, size, power, and performance.

"We are very pleased with the performance of these early direct green laser prototypes," commented Sid Madhavan, Microvision vice president, R&D and Applications. "These encouraging results give us confidence that direct green laser diodes will be capable of meeting the performance requirements for integration into our PicoP display platform."

Microvision's current pico projection engine uses red and blue laser diodes with a
frequency-doubled green laser to create a full color image. This doubling process creates a complex system of multiple components held to tight tolerances making manufacturing more challenging, says the company.

Green diode lasers are expected to be manufactured in a manner similar to red and blue lasers available today, facilitating lower cost and rapid scalability to commercial quantities. The combination of smaller size, lower power, and lower cost make direct green lasers an attractive alternative to the doubled green lasers for Microvision's mobile display solutions.

There are at least five companies worldwide that have announced they are developing direct green lasers for late 2011 to mid 2012 commercial introduction. Industry researcher Yole Development forecasts that the direct green laser market size will reach about $500 million by 2016 and should represent more than 45 million devices.
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