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Kopin Announces Wide-Temperature Liquid Crystal Displays for Military and Industrial Applications; Breakthrough Technology Allows Operation down to minus 40 degrees C

04/18/2006

TAUNTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 18, 2006--Kopin(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), the largest U.S. manufacturer of microdisplays for mobile consumer and military electronics, today announced a major breakthrough in active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) technology for military and industrial applications. Kopin's newest displays are specifically designed to operate at temperatures as low as -40 degrees C with nearly "Instant-On" capability, an unprecedented achievement for LCDs. This performance is achieved without the need for an external heater, significantly reducing display system power consumption.

The new displays combine two of Kopin's patent-pending inventions. Kopin's low-voltage (LV) architecture reduces AMLCD video levels by 50%, substantially reducing power consumption of the display system. Kopin's latest "Vcom Thin Film" technology incorporates integrated thin-film structures nested in the backplane, which serve as an active matrix element while simultaneously operating as an integral heating element. This "dual purpose" mode of operation is available on demand and allows the display to provide full-video-rate performance at temperatures down to -40 degrees C without the need for an external heater. Intimate contact of the thin film with the liquid crystal material results in the ultra-high heating efficiency and cold-start operation within seconds.

"These latest inventions expand the position of Kopin's technology as the microdisplay of choice for the U.S. military," said President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. John C. C. Fan. "Our design team was inspired by a challenge from one of our major Department of Defense (DOD) equipment suppliers to develop a display system capable of operating at extremely low temperatures with unsurpassed power efficiency. Our innovative display solution not only meets the needs of their product, but will likely be adopted across a broad range of DOD applications."

Initially Kopin's new technology will be available in monochrome and full-color VGA (640 x 480 resolution) displays. Performance characterization of VGA prototypes is now underway, with product qualification scheduled for later this year. Kopin anticipates making the technology available in its full line of military displays by the middle of 2007. Target product applications include thermal weapon sights and hand-held thermal imagers for military and law enforcement personnel.

"We expect Kopin's latest AMLCDs to raise the bar significantly in terms of battery life and operational readiness for ultra-portable military systems," stated Michael Presz, the Company's Vice President of Government Programs. "Our new displays will dramatically reduce the power requirements because of reduced video levels and ultra-efficient integral heating elements. The net effect will be lighter weight systems and extended battery life. In addition, cold-start performance can be achieved within 10 seconds at a fraction of the power used in currently deployed systems."

About Kopin

Kopin is the largest U.S. manufacturer of microdisplays to the consumer electronics, industrial and military markets and the world's largest merchant supplier of heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) wafers for power amplifier integrated circuits. Since introducing its award-winning microdisplay technology in 1999, Kopin has shipped more than 20 million CyberDisplays for digital cameras, personal video eyewear, camcorders, thermal weapon sights and head-mounted displays. The Company also has shipped more than 600,000 HBT wafers, which have been integrated into more than one billion wireless handsets and into WiFi, VoIP and high-speed Internet data transmission systems. Kopin's technology is protected by more than 200 global patents and patents pending. For more information, please visit Kopin's Web site at www.kopin.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements in this news release may be considered "forward-looking" statements under the "Safe Harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include those relating to: the expectation that Kopin's new AMLCD technology will be adopted across a broad range of DOD applications; the timing of product qualification and availability in Kopin's full line of military displays; target applications for the new product; and the expected performance characteristics of the technology. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could materially affect future results. These risk factors include, but are not limited to: technical, manufacturing or other issues that may prevent the qualification process being completed; technical, manufacturing or other issues that may prevent Kopin from ramping up manufacturing even if qualification is successfully accomplished; the potential that the U.S. Government may delay or cancel implementation of the program for which this technology is intended; manufacturing delays; technical issues, economic conditions or external factors that may cause the Company to shift the focus of its microdisplay business away from the military or industrial markets; and other risk factors and cautionary statements listed in the Company's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

These include, but are not limited to, the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005.

Kopin and The NanoSemiconductor Company are registered trademarks of Kopin Corporation.

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SOURCE: Kopin Corporation