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eMagin and Army Team on OLED Research; Effort Will Define Method to Measure OLED Lifetimes.

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- eMagin Corporation (AMEX: EMA), a leader in OLED technology, and the U.S. Army will work together to develop a testing methodology to measure the useful life of active matrix OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays. eMagin will work specifically with the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) of the U.S. Army's Research, Development, and Engineering Command's (RDECOM's) Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CRDEC).

Under the terms of this Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), eMagin and NVESD will develop better ways to assess the applicability of active matrix OLED displays in military systems on the basis of their usable lifetimes. Current methodologies for measuring lifetime of non-emissive displays, such as LCDs, do not apply to emissive displays like OLED devices. Rather, the display's lifetime depends on the specific application and can be much longer than most conventional models predict.

For an OLED-based device, such factors as device color (including filters), video content, and temperature and luminance ranges all affect usable lifetime. NVESD and eMagin co-developed an initial usable lifetime model for a joint paper presented at SPIE Defense and Security Conference in March 2005. This project will extend and refine that initial work.

OLED microdisplays are of particular interest for near-eye applications for military and commercial systems owing to their industry-leading power efficiency and ruggedness. eMagin recently announced new OLED-XL (tm) technology that will extend this leadership in power efficiency and provide higher brightness with longer lifetime.

"This project lays the groundwork for performance and measurement standards so that the Government can make more informed decisions about the utility of OLED technologies," said Susan Jones, executive vice president, eMagin Corporation. "Working to meet these standards will enable us to develop our OLED capabilities in ways that will prove most useful to our customers."

About eMagin Corporation

A leader in personal display systems and OLED microdisplay technologies, eMagin integrates high-resolution OLED microdisplays, magnifying optics, and systems technologies to create a virtual image that appears comparable to that of a computer monitor or a large-screen television. eMagin's OLED displays have broad market reach and are incorporated into a variety of near-to-eye imaging products by military, industrial, medical and consumer manufacturers, who choose eMagin's award-winning technology as a core component for their solutions. eMagin's Z800 3DVisor provides superb 3D stereovision and headtracking for PC gaming, training and simulation, and other applications. It won the CEA's Innovation of Year award in the digital display category and won additional recognition in the electronic gaming category. eMagin's microdisplay manufacturing and R&D operations are co-located with IBM on its campus in East Fishkill, New York. System design facilities and sales and marketing are located in Bellevue, Washington. A sales office is located in Tokyo, Japan. For additional information, please visit www.emagin.com and www.3dvisor.com.
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