Display start up

Researchers from Ghent University and IMEC have formed a new company to develop liquid-crystal-on-silicon micro-displays.

Researchers from Ghent University and IMEC have formed a new company to develop liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) micro-displays.

Called Gemidis, the spin-off will use a vertically-aligned nematic (VAN) liquid crystal process to produce its LCOS microdisplays.

The new company will initially focus its attention on the high-definition-rear-projection market and, more specifically, on the home-entertainment market.

Its first product, a XGA-W 120Hz LCOS micro-display of approximately 1 million pixels, is already sampling. A UXGA-W version will be ready by spring 2005.

By the end of 2205, the company expects to be producing a QXGA-W LCOS micro-display of about 4 million pixels for the professional market.

Apart from financial and technological support from IMEC and Ghent University, Gemidis has won financial backing from venture capitalists GIMV, Fagus (a joint venture between the European Investment Fund (EIF) and Fortis Private Equity), and Baekeland-fonds (the seed capital fund of the Ghent University).

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