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Kopin Unveils the Most Advanced Eyepiece for Thermal Imaging Applications


TAUNTON, Mass., Apr 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Kopin(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: KOPN) will launch a new family of complete plug-and-play eyepiece products for thermal imaging applications at the Defense, Security, and Sensing 2010 Symposium, which runs today through Thursday at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The Symposium is sponsored by the Society for Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), an international organization advancing the science and application of light. Visitors to the Kopin booth (#317) will be able to see real-time product demonstrations.

Kopin, the leading manufacturer of microdisplays for the U.S. military, will introduce standard and custom eyepiece solutions based upon the new CyberDisplay(R) 640M LVR microdisplay, an ultra-low-power active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) with near instant-on capability. The standard eyepiece product has been fully qualified in the U.S. Army's Thermal Weapon Sight Bridge (TWS-IIB) program on an array of weapons including the M14, M4, M2, M24, M249 and M240 machine gun. This product is in production and available for sale.

"The products we are unveiling today demonstrate the superior reliability and imaging quality of our AMLCD system solutions," said Michael Presz, Kopin's Vice President of Government Programs. "Our AMLCD technology not only provides the lowest power display solution but also meets stringent military imaging system requirements over the entire operating temperature range without the need for complex compensation required in other technologies. Our flat-field gray scale performance is unmatched, with no fixed-pattern noise to mask scene content or cause false detection. In addition, our contrast ratio is constant over the entire brightness range, providing warfighters with the full range of detection capabilities while completely dark adapted."

Kopin's standard eyepiece product was designed for and qualified on the Light, Medium and Heavy Thermal Weapons Sights (LTWS, MTWS, HTWS) in the U.S. Army's TWS-IIB program. This rugged solution provides a VGA-resolution (640x480) monochrome in a 30-degree diagonal field-of-view (FOV). Based on Kopin's newest AMLCD architecture, the display system, including the display, backlight and driver electronics, dissipates less than 155 mW while displaying full-rate video at 60 Hz and less than 20 mW in low-power standby mode. This standard eyepiece product can be customized to adapt to a variety of thermal imaging systems including tripod-mounted, vehicle-mounted, hand-held and head-mounted systems.

"We are delighted to add the thermal eyepiece product line to our growing family of high-level assembly (HLA) products, which are rapidly becoming recognized as the industry standards for a broad range of imaging applications," said Kopin President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. John C.C. Fan. "Because these products are exposed to harsh battlefield environments, each system undergoes extensive testing, including shock, vibration and environmental stress screening prior to delivery. Kopin has invested for years to develop our core display technologies and class-10 HLA clean room facilities, and more recently to enhance our capabilities in optical characterization, reliability testing, environmental testing, and FOD (foreign objects and debris) screening. These achievements, combined with our high-volume production capabilities, broad product offerings and strong financial position, are resulting in significant interest across a number of major DOD primes."

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 30 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 may be considered "forward-looking" statements under the "Safe Harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.These include statements relating to; qualification of Kopin eyepiece products in the U.S. Army's Thermal Weapon Sight Bridge (TWS-IIB) program on an array of weapons including the M14, M4, M2, M24, M249 and M240 machine gun; prospect that Kopin's growing family of displays, display modules and high-level assembly products are rapidly becoming industry standards for a broad range of imaging applications; and significant interest across a number of major DOD primes in Kopin's high level assembly products. 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. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, our eyepiece products lose qualification by the U.S. Army, our display, display modules and high-level assemblies do not become an industry standard, manufacturing, marketing or other issues that may prevent either the adoption or rapid acceptance of products; competitive products and pricing; the risk that new product initiatives and other research and development efforts may not be successful; the loss of significant customers; the potential that costs to produce the Company's microdisplay technology will increase significantly, or that yields will decline; the potential that military programs involving Kopin's products will be delayed or cancelled; the potential that the Company's military customers might be unable to ramp production volumes of their products; manufacturing delays, technical issues, economic conditions or external factors that may prevent the Company from achieving its forecasts; and other risk factors and cautionary statements listed in the Company's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the 12 months ended December 26, 2009, and the Company's subsequent filings 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 circumstances occurring after the date of this report.

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