Uni-Pixel Inc. used SID’s DisplayWeek 2008 to make the first public demonstration of its Time Multiplexed Optical Shutter (TMOS) color display technology. The company unveiled three TMOS display platforms, each for a specific market. These include enunciator display systems that can be used for simple image and icon systems, dot-matrix display systems that can be used for alpha-numeric displays, and thin-film transistor (TFT) systems that can be used in all types of electronic display products, ranging from cell phones to televisions.
The TMOS displays use frustrated total internal reflection as the means for transmitting light to the display viewer. The technique leverages a polymer MEMS implementation, a display building approach pioneered by Uni-Pixel.
The initial prototypes were designed to show the functionality of TMOS and its commonality with existing TFT production processes for manufacturing partners. The prototypes are in the process of being optimized relative to their optical performance potential. UniPixel believes that as it continues to make rapid advances with TMOS it will soon produce production-aligned systems that demonstrate the enhanced brightness, improved picture quality, and low power consumption capabilities that it offers in comparison to other display technologies, while offering the potential to significantly reduce costs.
“In recent months, we have made a significant amount of progress in the development of our TMOS display prototypes—most notably achieving fully functional TFT video capabilities and the development of our Opcuity film used to create our polymer Microelectronic Mechanical Systems implementations,” said Reed Killion, Uni-Pixel president and CEO. “We are pleased with the success to date and we will continue to improve on our TMOS display performance including high brightness and low power consumption.”