Kopin Hires LCD Expert Hideki Matsukawa From Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Company
Kopin(R) Corporation (NASDAQ:KOPN) , a leading developer of innovative wearable computing technologies and solutions, announced that Hideki Matsukawa, formerly General Manager of Advanced Development at Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Company, has joined Kopin in the newly created position of Chief Display Scientist. Mr. Matsukawa, a liquid crystal display (LCD) expert with more than 30 years of experience, will focus on developing the innovative processes necessary to create transmissive microdisplays for the next generation of wearable headsets, including augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications.
Mr. Matsukawa holds more than 190 patents and patents pending. His contribution to the LCD industry include the invention of sealants for the one-drop fill (ODF) cell assembly process and the introduction of the ODF process to manufacturing. He received the best paper award at IDW 2012 for “The World’s First Photo-aligned IPS-LCDs for a TV Use.”
“We are very pleased to have Hideki Matsukawa join the Kopin team,” said Dr. John C.C. Fan, President and CEO of Kopin Corporation. “While our CyberDisplay(R) products are already world class with very high brightness and excellent image quality, our customers’ product development plans call for ever increasing clarity in the areas of color, contrast and brightness. This is especially true for those focused on AR and VR applications. Mr. Matsukawa’s deep understanding of LC physics as well as his expertise in manufacturing processes will be very valuable in further improving our industry leading display performance.”
“Kopin has been the leader in microdisplays and I am really excited to join the Company,” said Hideki Matsukawa. “As the wearable market begins to explode, the requirements for display performance will be very challenging to meet. My focus is to develop new concepts while refining the existing ones, such as the recently announced Kopin Nanojet process, so that Kopin can continue to meet the display performance and quality its customers require.”
Mr. Matsukawa’s prior experiences include R&D Manager of the LCD Business Division of Matsushita Electric Industry Co. (formerly Panasonic); Cell Division Manager of Toshiba Matsushita Display Co., responsible for establishing a G4 low-temperature polysilicon LCD line; and Japanese General Manager of QDI, a Taiwanese LCD company, responsible for establishing a G6 amorphous silicon LCD line. He was also a Board Member of the Japanese Liquid Crystal Society.
Kopin Corporation is a leading developer of innovative wearable computing technologies and solutions. Kopin’s technology portfolio includes ultra-small displays, optics, speech enhancement technology, software, low-power ASICs, and ergonomically designed smart headset concept systems. Kopin’s proprietary components and technology are protected by close to 300 global patents and patents pending. For more information, please visit Kopin’s website at www.kopin.com.
Kopin and CyberDisplay are registered trademarks of Kopin Corporation.
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, without limitation, statements relating to developing innovative processes necessary to create transmissive microdisplays for the next generation of wearable headsets including augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications; our customers’ product development plans call for ever increasing clarity in the areas of color, contrast and brightness; and the wearable market begins to exploding . 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, the following: wearable market may not grow; wearable eyewear may not be adopted by consumers; we may be unable to develop the products necessary to meet our customers’ needs including products for the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality( VR) markets; customer development plans may changes; the Company’s products may not be accepted by the market place; there may be issues that prevent further development of the Company’s wearable products; manufacturing, marketing or other issues may prevent either the adoption or acceptance of Company’s wearable products; 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 28, 2013, 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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