Plessey demonstrates world’s first AR/VR glasses powered by microLEDs at CES
Category: Press Release
Dec 14, 2018
Plessey microLED displays deliver 10x resolution, 100x contrast ratio, and up to 1,000x greater luminance than OLED technology
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 1, stand 22048
Plessey today announces that visitors to the Plessey booth at CES 2019 will be the first to wear AR and VR glasses powered by microLEDs. The next generation of Vuzix smart glasses will be demonstrated using technology that ditches OLEDs in favour of microLED displays. Vuzix is the first company to present Plessey’s microLEDs in action for AR applications.
Plessey microLEDs offer 10 times the resolution, 100 times the contrast ratio, and up to 1,000 times the luminance of traditional OLEDs. This is achieved using just half the power consumption, doubling battery life in portable headsets. These benefits have been recognized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), owner and producer of CES, which has named Plessey a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Embedded Technologies category.
Other demonstrations on the Plessey booth include a 0.7 inch 1080p microLED comprising separate red, green and blue panels, and an addressable blue 0.7 inch microLED display running 1080p video.
Mike Lee, President of Corporate and Business Development at Plessey, said:
“We’re looking forward to previewing the amazing new AR, VR and head-up display experience that microLEDs are set to create at CES. Compared with all other display technologies, microLEDs are brighter, smaller, lighter, more energy-efficient, and have a longer operating life. As a world leader in microLED development, Plessey is helping its customers to be first to bring the technology to market in 2019.”
Plessey microLEDs are developed using a uniquely scalable and economical, repeatable GaN-on-Silicon monolithic process that guarantees uniformly high quality and exceptional performance. This pioneering process eliminates the problems associated with the pick-an-place microLED display manufacturing techniques being pursued by other companies.
microLEDs are also about to have a huge impact on the design of pico- and micro-projectors. Here, microLED illuminators enable the form factor to be cut by 40% and optical efficiency boosted by 50%. The projects not only become smaller and lighter but they need less battery power and deliver higher quality images in every respect: brightness, resolution and contrast ratio. DMD (including DLP) and LCOS technologies are about to go the way of the cathode ray tube.
Plessey’s senior management team is available to offer expert insight into the displays market and technology trends.
Press interviews can be booked with the company anywhere at the show.
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Plessey is an award-winning provider of full-field emissive microLED displays that combine very high-density RGB pixel arrays with high-performance CMOS backplanes to produce very high-brightness, low-power and high-frame-rate image sources for head-mounted displays (HMDs), and augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) systems. Plessey operates leading-edge 150mm and 200mm wafer processing facilities to undertake design, test and assembly of LED products, and a comprehensive suite of photonic characterization and applications laboratories. For more information, visit Plessey’s website, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
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