Kopin Corporation

a global leader in wearable computing technology

Throughout the years, Kopin’s scientists and engineers have created technologies ranging from heterojunction bipolar transistors to microdisplays. These solutions help enhance the human experience of computing technology and contribute to a better tomorrow. 

2013

Kopin opened a Wearable Tech Center in Silicon Valley to accelerate development of wearable computing technologies.

Kopin unveiled ultra-compact White Pearl Module incorporating low-power WQVGA display, efficient backlight and good optics for wearable products. White Pearl Module has been designed in Vuzix Smart Glasses M100.

Kopin sold its III-V transistor business to IQE to concentrate on wearable technology.

Kopin unveiled Golden-i 3.8 concept system at CES, which is more powerful, lower power consuming and much lighter than Golden-i 3.5 system.

2012

Kopin unveiled the smallest VGA full-color display (0.21” diagonal) with a mere 6.75 um pixels, equivalent to 3760 dots per inch, and the smallest electronic viewfinder for cameras.

Recon Instruments launched MOD Live, an Android-based, GPS-enabled heads up display that fits in ski Goggles and incorporates Kopin’s microdisplay. 

2011

The revenue for 2011 was $131.1M. The total cumulative shipment of gunsights to the U.S. Army was about 250,000 units.

Golden-i® won the 2011 Product Innovation of the Year Award from the Technical Services Industry Association.

The company announced FCC certification and availability of Golden-i® 3.5 computing headsets.

2010

Kopin presented the most advanced eyepiece for thermal imaging applications, allowing the company’s standard eyepiece product to be customized to adapt to a variety of thermal imaging systems including tripod-mounted, vehicle-mounted, hand-held and head-mounted systems.

2009

Kopin unveiled the first Golden-i® concept system, a wearable headset computer with hands-free, voice and gesture activated command and control.

Vuzix Corporation's Wrap 310, a sunglass-style widescreen eyewear, is introduced and features Kopin's full-color CyberDisplay®. 

2008

The revenues for 2008 exceeded $100M ($114.8M actual).

The company captured the multi-million dollar U.S. Army Program to accelerate production capability and improve the performance of its CyberDisplay SXGA full-color display.

Kopin presented the smallest color SVGA display (0.44” diagonal) in the LCD industry. The pixel size is only 11.25 um, equivalent to about 2,250 dots per inch.
 

2007

Kopin’s displays and optical modules were selected for the US Army’s Thermal Weapon Sight Bridge program for all three primes (BAE, DRS and Raytheon). Kopin supplied about 250,000 gunsights over the next few years. 

Kopin reached a milestone of shipping more than 30 million Cyberdisplay products for consumer, industrial and military applications.

2006

Kopin was awarded a US patent (7,138,993) on innovative display architecture to reduce the input video voltage by half, allowing CMOS circuits to drive the display and reduce power consumption.

2005

ITT Industries Night Vision selected Kopin for U.S. Army's production contract to integrate its SVGA display subsystem into the newest generation of night vision equipment.

Kopin and MicroOptical presented ''big screen'' video to cell phone users, which allowed cell phone subscribers to view TV, movies, photos and broadband Internet content with a big screen viewing effect using Kopin-enabled video eyewear.

Kopin introduced the BDM®-230K, the world's first complete binocular display module product for video eyewear. The BDM-230K combined two displays, backlight, and a pair of optics precisely aligned to displays for viewing comfort in a compact package. BDM-230K and other BDM products enabled a few hundred thousands of video eyewear over the next few years.

Kopin introduced the CyberEVF® 230K, the world's first complete electronic viewfinder product for digital cameras in a single ultra-small, power-efficient package.

2004

The company was awarded the military production contract for ruggedized displays operating in night vision binoculars.

2003

Kopin unveiled the world's smallest color filter VGA (0.44” diagonal) microdisplay.

2002

Kopin’s new CyberLite light-emitting diode (LED) based on Kopin’s patented (US 6,881,983) Nanopocket structure was introduced. Nanopocket is a naturally formed quantum-confined region resulting from thickness variation of quantum-well layers to enhance light generation efficiency of the LED.

2001

Kopin’s market cap reached $3B.

2000

Kopin’s revenue in 2000 reached $92M fueled by ever increasing demand for HBT wafers.

1999

CyberDisplay was designed in camcorders as an electronic viewfinder (EVF) to replace CRT for the first time in the world. More than 20 million EVFs based on CyberDisplay were sold for camcorder EVF over the next few years.

1998

Kopin was awarded a contract from the U.S. Army and DARPA for development and delivery of 0.97” SXGA (1280 x 1024 resolution) active matrix liquid crystal displays. The display was successfully developed and is currently being used in helmet-mounted display for F-35 JSF fighter.

1997

Kopin introduced the CyberDisplay® product, the world’s smallest, high-performance, high resolution, information display.

Kopin received a US patent (US 5,673,059) on a communication device with wireless transceiver and a color sequential display near to the user’s eye.

Kopin's display was featured in IBM's wearable computer.

1996

Kopin received the first design patent (US D371,549) on a monocular head-mounted display system.

1995

Kopin became the first company in the world to volume produce heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) wafers. HBT is a vertical nano-transistor which provides more power efficiency and more linear characteristics than Si transistors. Power amplifiers (PAs) manufactured from HBT wafers enabled the commercial launch of CDMA phones. Today, HBT PAs have become the work horse in almost all cell phones including GSM and LTE, and Kopin’s HBTs have been incorporated in billions of cell phones including smart phones.

1994

Kopin received a US patent (5,331,149) on eye tracking for head-mounted display systems.

1993

Kopin developed its first Smart Slide display based on its patented technology.

The first US patent (5,206,749) on Kopin’s unique transmissive display using single-crystal silicon transistor was awarded. The transmissive display is made after a thin Si circuit layer is lifted off and transferred to glass.

1992

The company made its initial public offering of stock on the Nasdaq market (KOPN).

1991

Kopin received a multi-million dollar contract from DARPA to develop microdisplays using Kopin’s proprietary wafer lift-off technology.

1987

Kopin developed silicon on insulator (SOI) material for radiation-hardend circuits for space applications.

Kopin started custom III-V epitaxial service business.

1986

Kopin developed gallium arsenide (GaAs) solar cells for space application with >30% AM0 efficiency, world’s record at that time. The thin film solar cell structure was by lifting off from GaAs substrate to glass for low weight.

1985

Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis, MIT Lincoln Laboratory Director Walter Morrow, and Taunton Mayor cut the ribbon for Kopin’s opening day.

1984

Kopin was founded and spun out of MIT with 30 licensed patents on nanotechnology from MIT. Kopin received VC funding from Venrock, DSV Partners and Eberstadt Fleming as well as the state.