QPC finishes $1M development phase of RGB lasers for TV contract

July 10, 1008--QPC Lasers has announced the completion of its $1M first-phase contract to develop red, green, and blue lasers for large-screen TVs.

July 10, 1008--QPC Lasers Inc (Sylmar, CA), manufacturer of high-power lasers for the industrial, defense, and medical markets, says that it has met the performance milestones for three colors (red, green, and blue) of laser in connection with its $12M laser TV contract with "a major Asian manufacturer of consumer electronics" (announced last November; see news release). The milestone completes the $1M technology development phase of the contract.

The three types of BrightLase lasers are for use in rear-projection TVs based on digital-light-processing (DLP) and liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) technologies. The contract also provides an exclusive supply relationship involving an $11M purchase order to be delivered over three years, and carries a potential value of up to $230M over 10 years.

Previously, in September, QPC demonstrated its green laser, based on frequency doubling of its proprietary BrightLase single-mode lasers, which produce single-frequency output powers exceeding 9 W CW with peak conversion efficiencies of more than 50%.

"QPC is enabling a new generation of lower-cost and dramatically improved high-definition large-screen televisions by replacing today's poor-quality light sources with our bright, power-efficient, cost-effective, and ultra-compact lasers," says co-founder and CEO Jeffrey Ungar. "Utilizing QPC's unique laser technology instead of LEDs, OLEDs and other poor-quality and inefficient light beam sources, consumers will see a broader visible color spectrum and a sharper, brighter, more vivid image than today's LCD or plasmas can offer," he claims.

Ungar adds that, as well as TVs, a variety of projection displays are in position to benefit from QPC's laser light sources, including portable projectors for cell phones and laptops, home and commercial theater, as well as three-dimensional applications (for which QPC announced a $3.5M contract last week, see news release).

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