eMagin has won a new contract from the US Navo to develop a high-brightness 2000x2000 OLED microdisplay for aircraft cockpits. The first stage of this project (worth $1.1 million) will begin immediately, until September 2012. Then a second $1.3 million stage will begin and will run for 12 months. eMagin hopes that this contract will lead to adoption of OLED microdisplays for the first time in day-time avionics operation.
eMagin explains that in contrast to night vision goggles, which require a low brightness display so that military personnel can transition more easily from wearing the goggles to the light of their actual surroundings, aircraft cockpit displays require a very high brightness in order to be seen anytime during the day.
If you want more information on eMagin, check out our summary from the SID 2012's visit to their booth and the talk we had with their CEO.
Disclosure: the author of this post holds shares in eMagin