Authors will report on the optical performance of a newly developed UV display tile made exclusively from COTS components including UVLEDs. Individually addressed, current controlled LEDs with 16 bit gray scale depth make possible a high quality display with frame rate of 1000 Hz, 95% uniformity, and greater than 99% emitter operability. Tile is seamless and can be combined with additional tiles to form a large panoramic display. Although designed for near UV applications, system can be extended to support multispectral application from deep UV through short wave IR.
Imaging Systems Technology (IST) is engaged in the research and development of large flexible displays using Plasmaspheres
as the pixel element. Plasma-spheres are hollow spheres formed of glass containing an ionizable gas. Plasmaspheres
are ultra rugged and lightweight. Thus displays made with Plasma-spheres may be made ultra rugged and
lightweight. Plasma-sphere displays can be economically mass-produced with low cost roll-to-roll process. They can
also be economically produced in low quantities using batch process. Because these displays are lightweight, rugged,
and low cost they will find application in rugged military and industrial environments. Additionally, because they can be
very large and flexible, they will find future applications in emergent technologies such as large conformable displays
for simulators, large command and control centers, or field deployable systems. Currently, IST has successfully
demonstrated small flexible monochrome and color Plasmas-sphere displays. In this paper, IST will report on current
research progress including the development of a 20” flexible prototype.
In the Information Age of multimedia computer and presentation, video-telephone conferencing and interactive television, display designs have increased demands for even higher resolution, greater definition, increased color palette, higher speed and large size. These performance demands are required on equipment that is space efficient, transportable, and usable in commercial, industrial and military applications. FPD designs are flourishing because the CRT is neither space efficient or easily transportable, nor cost effective in larger sizes and in ruggedized form. In addition, communications and computing systems for high definition imaging information are based on digital interfacing rather than analog. A video digital interface (VDI) is therefore more cost effective and higher performance for FPDs which use data directly from the computer system and circumvent the analog and rescan conversions that occur for CRTs. Photonics has developed and produces high resolution AC plasma FPDs that can accept both in analog or digital form imaging information that is presented at up to 75 frames per second, 1280 X 1024 full color pixel resolution and 8 bits of gray scale per color channel. This paper explores cost effective and high performance capabilities of the FPD-VDI and how it integrated with high definition computer and communications systems.