Plessey and WaveOptics to collaborate on a new optical module
Published: 6 February 2020 - Christian Lynn
Plessey's new partnership with WaveOptics will focus on the creation of a new optical module, designed specifically for the next generation of smart glasses. The module will incorporate Plessey’s high brightness microLED, native green full HD display, along with WaveOptics’ Katana waveguide technology and projector design. Critically, this module will be the smallest and lowest mass AR display module available on the market. The full HD microLED display from Plessey is the result of its previously announced partnership with Compound Photonics, to combine Plessey’s GaN/Si microLED display technology with Compound Photonics’ digital low latency backplane and high-performance NOVA display driver architecture.
The substantial reduction in size and power requirements in this module enables enhanced features such as wireless transceivers for true, untethered AR applications, which are key for technology and mobile companies looking to launch smart glasses as a mobile accessory.
“This partnership will create a new product opportunity for companies building AR wearables,” commented David Hayes, CEO WaveOptics: “For the first time, customers will be able to buy the lightest, ultra-low-power module which combines the unique combination of WaveOptics and Plessey technologies. This is a crucial development to enable this technology to reach the consumer market in 2020.”
Mike Lee, the president of corporate and business development at Plessey said, “Our partnership with WaveOptics is a significant endorsement of Plessey’s GaN-on-Silicon microLED approach. Our microLED displays are recognised as being at the forefront in delivering the high-performance display panels demanded by AR and MR devices.”
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