Vuzix Partners with Plessey Semiconductors

5/31/2018 5:18 PM 

Vuzix, a leading supplier of smart glasses and augmented-reality (AR) products, including the Vuzix Blade, has announced that it is partnering with Plessey Semiconductors, a leading developer of optoelectronic technology. The two companies will develop advanced display engines for Vuzix waveguide optics to enable next-generation AR smart glasses. According to Vuzix, the combination of its expertise and IP in smart glasses and waveguide optics and Plessey's microLED light-source product family, Quanta-Brite, will enable a new generation of AR smart glasses with sleeker-than-ever form factors.

The small and efficient microLED-based Quanta-Brite light engine will not only result in less energy consumption and improved battery life, but also enable Vuzix to cut a significant amount of volume from the display engine of its waveguide based smart glasses, while at the same time delivering improved optical performance at a reduced cost. 

Quanta-Brite is based on Plessey's advanced and proprietary gallium-nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) technology, with an integrated monolithic array of RGB pixels with advanced micro-optical elements to create a bright, largely collimated, and highly uniform light source for the illumination in advanced display engines.  The resulting optical system is up to 50 percent smaller, lighter, simple,r and cheaper than incumbent solutions and the high performance microLED emitters combined with minimal optical system losses result in significantly increased power efficiency. 

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