11/4/2008 6:31:00 AM
External testing validates shock-resistance performance of new MEMS component that powers PicoP engine
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 4, 2008–Microvision, Inc.
(NASDAQ:MVIS), a global leader in innovative ultra-miniature
projection display and image capture products for mobile devices,
today announced that it has received external validation of key
shock-resistance susceptibility performance for its wide angle (WVGA)
MEMS scanning mirror, a key component inside the company’s
ultra-miniature PicoP display engine. Testing was conducted by
Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (Fraunhofer IPMS).
Fraunhofer IPMS is an internationally recognized research and
development institute for MEMS.
According to Sid Madhavan, Microvision Vice President of Research
and Development, “Key components reliability testing is part of our
commercial development process. I’m pleased to confirm that our newest
generation MEMS scanner has been successfully tested externally and
the results are very promising. Our MEMS scanning mirror exceeds twice
the shock performance requirements provided by Original Equipment
Manufacturer (OEM) partners. This means that when our MEMS scanning
mirror is embedded in a typical hand held device it will exceed the
required shock orientations of a 4 foot drop test on concrete in all
“Long-term shock and drop reliability of MEMS is extremely
important for any devices that will be handled by consumers on a daily
basis and manufactured in very large quantities,” stated Dr. Harald
Schenk, deputy director and head of the Micro Scanner Devices business
unit Fraunhofer IPMS. “With Microvision’s MEMS device we’ve performed
extensive shock testing. Our results confirmed that Microvision’s
devices exceed the shock resistance specifications for consumer
electronics hand-set manufacturers by twice the defined requirements.”
Microvision’s MEMS scanning mirror is a key component of the
company’s modular PicoP display engine. The tiny MEMS scanning mirror
itself is less than one square millimeter in area–or about the size
of the head of a pin. The single scanning mirror is designed to scan
in both horizontal and vertical directions so that a single beam of
light can be precisely steered, in a raster-like fashion, at very high
speeds to project a complete video image.
The inherent advantages of this architecture include small form
factor and low power consumption, while delivering high image quality.
PicoP uses a collimated beam of light to achieve very efficient
full-color, hi-resolution, high-contrast images. Additionally, PicoP
does not require any projection lenses and the resulting “focus-free”
operation at any distance, adds another significant advantage to the
PicoP based consumer projectors.
About Microvision: www.microvision.com
Microvision provides the PicoP display technology platform
designed to enable next generation display and imaging products for
pico projectors, vehicles displays, and wearable displays that
interface to mobile devices. The company also manufactures and sells
its bar code scanner product line which features the company’s
proprietary MEMS technology.
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launches and delays in product development; the ability to achieve key
technical milestones in key products; our ability to secure needed
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from time to time in the Company’s SEC reports, including the
Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. Except as
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CONTACT: Microvision, Inc.
Matt Nichols, 425-882-6657
Tiffany Bradford, 425-936-6847
SOURCE: Microvision, Inc.