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Low-Power, Instant-On Display Selected for the U.S. Army's New Thermal Weapon Sight (TWS) Program


Breakthrough Technology Increases Battery Life and Allows "Instant-On" Operation at -40(degree)C

TAUNTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 6, 2007--Kopin(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), the largest U.S. manufacturer of microdisplays for mobile consumer and military applications, today announced the adoption of its new CyberDisplay(R) 640M LVR display for use in the U.S. Army's new thermal weapon sight program, the TWS Bridge, which has potential volumes exceeding 150,000 units. This high-tech display is specifically designed to operate at temperatures as low as -40(degree)C with nearly "Instant-On" capability, an unprecedented achievement for liquid crystal displays. This performance is achieved without the need for an external heater, significantly reducing display system power consumption.

"This latest award represents a solid endorsement 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 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 the TWS Bridge product, but will likely be adopted across a broad range of DOD applications."

The CyberDisplay 640M LVR monochrome display with VGA (640 x 480) resolution combines two of Kopin's patent-pending inventions: Kopin's low-voltage (LV) architecture, which reduces AMLCD video levels by 50%, and Kopin's latest "Vcom Thin Film" technology, which serves as an active matrix element while simultaneously operating as an integral heating element. This "dual purpose" operation is available on demand and allows the display to provide full-video-rate performance at temperatures down to -40(degree)C without the need for an external heater. The complete display system, including Kopin's new general purpose back-end ASIC driver, dissipates less than 130 mW during normal video-rate operation. This low power operation, combined with the low temperature "Instant-On" capability, leads to increased battery life for the soldier and reduced procurement costs for the DOD.

The CyberDisplay 640M LVR is being readied for volume production in early 2008. Qualification and accelerated life testing of the display was conducted earlier this year with exceptional results. Developments are underway to incorporate the "Instant-On" technology into full-color displays with resolutions up to 1280 x 1024. Kopin anticipates making the "Instant-On" technology available in its full line of military displays by the end of 2008.

"Kopin's Instant-On displays 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 dramatically reduce the power requirements because of reduced video levels and ultra-efficient integral heating elements. The net effect is 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 Corporation produces lightweight, power-efficient, ultra-small liquid crystal displays and heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) that are revolutionizing the way people around the world see, hear and communicate. Kopin has shipped more than 25 million displays for a range of consumer and military applications including digital cameras, personal video eyewear, camcorders, thermal weapon sights and night vision systems. The Company's unique HBTs, which help to enhance battery life, talk time and signal clarity, have been integrated into billions of wireless handsets as well as into WiFi, VoIP and high-speed Internet data transmission systems. Kopin's proprietary display and HBT technologies are protected by more than 200 global patents and patents pending. For more information, please visit Kopin's website at

Kopin, CyberDisplay, and The NanoSemiconductor Company are trademarks of Kopin Corporation.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements in this news release about the adoption of CyberDisplay 640M LVR in TWS Bridge may be considered "forward-looking" under the "Safe Harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements relating to the potential volumes of the TWS Bridge Program to exceed 150,000 units; Kopin's belief that its "Instant-On" display technology will likely be adopted for a broad range of U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) applications; the Company's belief that it will be able to incorporate this technology into full-color displays with resolutions up to 1280 x 1024; Kopin's estimate that the technology will be available in its full line of military displays by the end of 2008; and the Company's projection that its CyberDisplay 640M LVR will be in volume production in early 2008. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might affect the actual results, performance or achievements include, among other things, technical, manufacturing or other issues that may prevent the qualification process from 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; issues related to the supply or production of non-Kopin components used to manufacture its customers' products; the potential consequences surrounding any findings relating to the Company's special committee's ongoing internal review of stock option granting practices; uncertainty of results of pending civil litigation related to the Company's stock option grant practices; the potential for further delays related to the Company's regulatory filings; general economic and business conditions; and other risk factors and cautionary statements listed in the Company's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The Company undertakes no responsibility to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstance occurring after the date of this report.

    CONTACT: Kopin Sales & Marketing
             Mike Presz, 831-430-0688
             VP of Government Programs
             Investor Relations
             Richard Sneider, 508-824-6696
             News Media Relations
             VP RDW Group, Inc.
             Dave McDermitt, 617-235-5812

    SOURCE: Kopin Corporation