Eastman Kodak Company and eMagin Corporation will cross-license technology related to organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology, a new flat panel display technology used in advanced electronic applications.
OLEDs are seen as a promising technology for virtual imaging systems due to their brightness, large viewing area, low power consumption, and potential for low cost manufacturing processes. In microdisplay applications, OLEDs represent an optimal technology for entertainment, wireless, wearable computing and network edge appliances. Kodak holds more than 50 patents for OLED technology. eMagin holds over 39 of its own patents issued and more than 50 pending in flat panel display technology as well as in related fields of optics, active matrix integrated circuits, and systems integration.
Under terms of the agreement, eMagin licenses OLED technology for incorporation into microdisplays which are optically magnified to produce virtual images of data or video with the apparent size of a regular desktop computer monitor. eMagin plans to work with OEM suppliers, as well as its wholly owned subsidiary Virtual Vision to integrate microdisplays and optics into products such as wearable computers, camera/camcorder viewfinders, wireless Internet devices or phones, and other emerging applications. Because eMagin’s microdisplays are built directly upon silicon chips, a variety of functions can be integrated into a display.
Stanford Resources, a leading market research firm, recently predicted that developments in OLED technology are driving a high-growth forecast for this new display, from $3 million in 1999 to $717 million in 2005. The anticipated growth of Internet viewers for mobile phones is expected to add to the growing camera/camcorder and emerging headset display markets during the next 5 years.
eMagin recently unveiled the world’s first OLED-on-silicon microdisplay, which featured over a million 12 micron-sized pixels in an area smaller than a postage stamp demonstrating real time video with 256 gray shades at less than 400 mW, with a brightness of 200 cd/m2. eMagin also recently announced joint development efforts with IBM and Covion to augment its efforts to commercialise OLED microdisplay technology.
On the Web, eMagin is at www.fedcorporation.com