OmniVision Releases First Single-Chip 1080p LCOS Microdisplay for AR/VR and Projector Designs

October 30, 2018 Laura Dolan

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. presents its OP02220, the industry’s first 1080p liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) microdisplay with integrated driver functions and memory. It is geared toward augmented reality (AR) applications such as glasses and head-mounted displays that are durable, compact and delicate.

The OP02220 will help meet the increasing demand for wearable AR microdisplays in the growing gaming and industrial industries, especially for virtual product evaluation and on-the-job training.

OmniVision will also provide an evaluation kit including a reference board with video data output connections to the LCOS microdisplay panel, which can be used with customers’ own optical test engines.

The OP02220 employs OmniVision’s 4.5-micron pixel technology and has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and is built with a 0.39-inch microdisplay. The single chip grants significantly lower power consumption compared to two-chip solutions, extending the battery life.

“A single-chip LCOS architecture is not only perfect for compact and lightweight systems, but it is also capable of reducing heat and extending battery life through lower power consumption, which are all key requirements for the next generation of AR glasses,” said Sam Yoshikawa, OmniVision’s product marketing manager. “These AR glasses and other head-mounted devices need to incorporate many components, including an optical engine and light source. By integrating the driver function into the microdisplay, our OP02220 saves board space and streamlines the development process, allowing designers to accelerate the time-to-market and create lighter, more comfortable products for their customers.”

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