Yesterday, eMagin Corporation announced that it has commenced a 2-year, $6 million program to develop an ultra-high resolution OLED microdisplay. Managed by the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, the program introduces the third phase of a multiple year effort to provide a prototype of an ultra-high resolution display system suitable for several applications within Army medicine and military simulation and training.

The Widescreen Ultra eXtended Graphics Array (WUXGA) microdisplay will be sized for a less than one-inch diagonal with over 7 million pixels at a 9.6 micron color pixel pitch. The program involves optic design for a wide field-of-view between 60 and 80 degrees.

Currently, eMagin’s OLED microdisplays already meet military specifications across diverse applications, including IR night vision and tactical situational awareness HMDs, in addition to being integrated into commercial devices such as thermal video cameras and video gaming systems.

Susan Jones, eMagin’s chief business officer, stated, “The inherent technical characteristics of OLED technology, including compact size, low power, and wide temperature range are ideal for portable HMD applications.”

She continued, “The beyond-HDTV resolution display developed in this project will provide the superior resolution required for increased visual detail and an enhanced immersion experience for advanced medical training and simulation systems, ultimately leading to saving lives on the battlefield and at home.” Participants in the program include Rockwell Collins and Columbia University.