First fully integrated single chip display pushes AR/XR/MR glasses to market

First fully integrated single chip display pushes AR/XR/MR glasses to market

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By Nick Flaherty

Onmivision has developed a 648p single-chip liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) display panel for augmented reality (AR), extended reality (XR) and mixed reality (MR) glasses and head-mounted displays.

With Apple planning to announce a mixed reality headset next, week, the display technologies for such systems are a key requirement. These will compete with microLED, where Apple-suppler Foxconn and Protech in Cambridge have key technologies (see below),  and laser scanning displays where STMIcroelectronics is a leader.

The OP03011 LCOS panel developed by Omnivision features 3.8µm pixels in a 0.14-inch optical format (OF). It has 648 x 648 resolution at 120 Hz and comes in a small FPCA package with a single-lane MIPI-DSI interface and is aimed at AR glasses that can be worn 24/7.

The company is working with DigiLens on lightweight plastic waveguides to fit into such glasses and the LCOS panel is going into mass production at the end of the year for glasses on the market in 2024. This is a key step for the next generation of display systems that are expected to replace the mobile phone.

“While the market for AR glasses is still in its infancy, there is growing interest among consumers. This has led OEMs to design more functionality into slim, fashionable designs that consume very little power and are lightweight, allowing them to be worn nearly 24/7,” said said Devang Patel, marketing director for the IoT and emerging segment at Omnivision.

“The OP03011 is the only single-chip solution that is designed in an ultra-compact format for applications requiring a smaller field of view and lower resolution, making it well suited for some of the sleekest, most innovatively designed AR glasses. The OP03011 supports applications of next-generation smart glasses, like displaying notifications in the user’s field of view and access to GPS for maps and directions directly from the glasses, so the user never needs to pull out their smartphone.”

 Samples are available now, and the OP03011 will be in mass production in Q4 of 2023.

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