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Microvision's pico projector launched by Vodafone Spain

Microvision, a Redmond-based developer of light-scanning technologies, has announced that Vodafone Spain is now offering Microvision’s SHOWWX Laser Pico Projector at a price of 289 € (approximately $430 U.S.). Vodafone Spain is also marketing the projector along with the Mini Nokia N97 smartphone.

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  • Vodafone Spain Launches Microvision’s SHOWWX Laser Pico Projector
    Microvision blog - Redmond, Wash. - December 1, 2009

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  • Microvision nets $30.8M from stock sales
    Posted 12/07/2009
  • Microvision announces first sales of world's first laser pico projector
    Posted 10/09/2009
  • Microvision CEO says pico projector to retail for $400-$600 at introduction
    Posted 8/03/2009
  • Microvision secures $1M contract from Lockheed Martin
    Posted 7/08/2009
  • Microvision receives $15 million equity investment
    Posted 6/22/2009

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    Microvision nets $30.8M from stock sales

    Microvision, a Redmond-based developer of light-scanning technologies, has netted approximately $30.8 million from two recent stock sales. According to its press releases, Microvision intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, including, but not limited to, working capital and capital expenditures.

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  • Microvision Announces Closing of Public Offering of Common Stock
    Microvision press release - Redmond, Wash. - December 2, 2009
  • Microvision Announces Closing of Public Offering of Common Stock
    Microvision press release - Redmond, Wash. - November 24, 2009


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  • Microvision is a WTC client
  • Microvision announces first sales of world's first laser pico projector
    Posted 10/09/2009
  • Microvision CEO says pico projector to retail for $400-$600 at introduction
    Posted 8/03/2009
  • Microvision secures $1M contract from Lockheed Martin
    Posted 7/08/2009
  • Microvision receives $15 million equity investment
    Posted 6/22/2009

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    Microvision announces first sales of world's first laser pico projector

    Microvision, a Redmond-based developer of light-scanning technologies, has announced the first sales of its recently launched pocket-sized pico projector. The company received a purchase order in September from its Asian distribution and marketing partner, and announced in October a deal with an undisclosed global consumer electronics OEM that plans to private label the projector. Details of market launch activities have not been released.

    Update (10/28/2009): Uniden Corporation of Japan is the previously undisclosed global consumer electronics OEM. Microvision has also announced it received an order from a global mobile phone operator.

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  • Microvision Lands Order For SHOWWX Laser Pico Projectors With World Leading Mobile Phone Operator
    Microvision press release - Redmond, WA - October 27, 2009
  • Microvision Secures Global Consumer Electronics OEM To Private-Label Laser Pico Projector
    Microvision press release - Redmond, WA - October 8, 2009
  • Microvision Receives Purchase Order and Begins Shipping World's First Laser Pico Projector, SHOWWX
    Microvision press release - Redmond, WA - September 30, 2009

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  • Microvision is a WTC client
  • Microvision CEO says pico projector to retail for $400-$600 at introduction
    Posted 8/03/2009
  • Microvision secures $1M contract from Lockheed Martin
    Posted 7/08/2009
  • Microvision receives $15 million equity investment
    Posted 6/22/2009
  • Microvision lands supplier of green lasers for its pico projector
    Posted 5/08/2009

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    Microvision CEO says pico projector to retail for $400-$600 at introduction

    A pocketable projector being developed by Microvision, a Redmond-based developer of light-scanning technologies, will retail in the $400-$600 at introduction says company CEO Alexander Tokman in a video interview with FoxBusinessNetwork.

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  • Small Cell Phone Screen? No More
    FoxBusinessNetwork - Youtube.com - July 24, 2009

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  • Microvision secures $1M contract from Lockheed Martin
  • 6-22-09: Microvision receives $15 million equity investment
  • 5-8-09: Microvision lands supplier of green lasers for its pico projector

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    Microvision secures $1M contract from Lockheed Martin

    Microvision, a Redmond-based developer of light-scanning technologies, has secured a $1,000,000 subcontract from Lockheed Martin Corporation to develop a daylight-readable, see-through, low-profile, ergonomic eyewear display. According to a Microvision press release, "This subcontract is part of DARPA’s Urban Leader Tactical Response, Awareness & Visualization (ULTRA-Vis) program, an advanced technology development initiative, whose objective it is to build a soldier-worn system that provides non-line-of-sight command and control in distributed urban operations for dismounted warfighters."

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  • Microvision Announces $1M Contract Award from Lockheed Martin Corporation to Develop Low-Profile See-Through Eyewear Displays
    Microvision - Redmond, WA - July 7, 2009

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  • 6-22-09: Microvision receives $15 million equity investment
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    Microvision receives $15 million equity investment

    Microvision, a Redmond-based developer of light scanning technologies, announced that Taipei-based Walsin Lihwa Corporation, through its subsidiary Max Display Enterprises Limited, has agreed to an equity investment of approximately $15 million in Microvision.

    "We are pleased to welcome Walsin Lihwa as an investor to Microvision in addition to being a key enabling strategic supply chain partner in our go-to-market strategy," said Alexander Tokman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Microvision. "We look forward to continuing the strong working relationship we have developed with Walsin Lihwa over the years."

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  • Microvision press release
    June 22, 2009

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    Microvision lands supplier of green lasers for its pico projector

    Microvision, a Redmond-based developer of light scanning technologies, moves a step closer to shipping its new pico projector to users with the announcement that it has landed Corning as a supplier of green lasers. For two years, Microvision has been waiting for a company to be able to supply production-level quantities of green lasers. Microvision expects its Show WX pico project to be commercially available mid-2009. The Show WX projector uses lasers, not optical lenses, to project images ranging smaller than 6 inches to larger than 100 inches diagonally from a device the size of a portable music player. A key benefit -- in addition to the small size -- is that focusing is not necessary with laser projection technology.

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  • Corning and Microvision Announce Agreement for Supply of Green Lasers for Microprojectors
    Microvision press release - May 4, 2009
  • Green lasers arrive for pico projectors
    EE Times - May 6, 2009

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  • Microvision demonstrates a preproduction pico projector at Macworld and CES

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    Microvision demonstrates a preproduction pico projector at Macworld and CES

    Microvision's plug-and-play projector creates a large screen image from a miniature device that connects to the TV-out or VGA connector on portable devices such as mobile phones, portable media players and notebook computers.

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  • More at Broadcast Engineering
  • More at Microvision

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    Microvision Pico Projector Technology Featured in The Economist

    CEO Alexander Tokman discusses the laser-diode technology that enables Microvision's miniature, mobile 'pico' projector. Once commercialized, the technology will enable portable devices such as phones to project images onto walls.

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  • Read more in The Economist

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  • Microfabrication Laboratory showcases academic-industry collaboration

    WTC's Microfabrication Laboratory Open House attracted researchers from around the Pacific Northwest to view the latest prototypes and commercial products developed at this premier R&D; facility in Seattle. Engineers, chief technology officers, academic researchers, and industry executives flocked to Washington Technology Center's state-of-the-art facility to get an inside glimpse of the organization's Microfabrication Laboratory, the largest micro-technology R&D; facility in the Pacific Northwest.

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    More than 125 attendees from Washington and Oregon turned out to tour the lab February 26, 2004. The facility provides specialized equipment, trained personnel and other services for developing micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) -- miniaturized mechanical devices on silicon chips or wafers -- a trend that is revolutionizing the technology industry.

    Washington is home to a growing number of micro-technology companies. WTC is a critical partner in helping both new and established companies fabricate and test proprietary technology and prototypes in the earliest stages of development.

    "Having access to fully-functioning fabrication resources through WTC is enormously valuable to us," says Matt Nichols, Director of Communications for Microvision, a Bothell-based company that develops high-resolution displays and imaging systems based on proprietary silicon micro-mirror technology. "The Microfab Lab offers a controlled environment, which is critical, and we aren't burdened with building these facilities ourselves or dividing our time among labs that only provide a portion of the functionality," explains Nichols. "As a result, we are able to move to market faster with a more stable, reliable product."

    Microvision exhibited its Nomad Expert Technician System at the open house, a wireless wearable augmented vision display that allows technicians to view detailed service information at their point of task, head-up and hands-free.

    CombiMatrix, Intelligent Ion, Neah Power Systems, and TraceDetect also previewed products and prototypes developed at the Microfab Lab. Industry and academic researchers have shared access to the lab, which represent nearly $20 million in facilities and equipment. Clients can customize use of the facilities to best fit their needs, ranging from part time and contract use to full time R&D.;

    "We're pleased to offer a facility of this caliber to our industry and academic clients," says Lee Cheatham, Executive Director for Washington Technology Center. "WTC will continue to deliver resources and services that foster academic-industry partnership and contribute to the growth and economic strength of technology commerce in our state."

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  • Microvision is a WTC client
  • CombiMatrix is a WTC client
  • Intelligent Ion is a WTC client
  • Neah Power Systems is a WTC client
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  • Microvision works wonders in the Microfabrication Laboratory

    Imagine an airline pilot being able to view sectional maps and airport landing strip charts without having to look down at the instruments. Or a surgeon able to perform image-guided neurosurgery from an image overlaid into his natural field of view instead of looking up at a nearby monitor.

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    These revolutionary capabilities are made possible by a micro-miniature retinal scanning display technology called the Nomad™ Personal Display System, developed by Microvision, Inc. Spun off from technology developed at the University of Washington's Human Interface Technology Lab, the Nomad™ uses MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) technology in a scanning chip that directs a tiny ray of light to transmit images and other information directly onto the wearer's retina. The sophisticated head-mounted display is comprised of a scanner with a one-inch screen, attached to a device like a miner's helmet. The wearer can see right through the scanner screen, which produces an image viewable even in daylight.

    Microvision, a Bothell-based company, develops and brings to market novel products that manipulate "information in the form of light," otherwise known as photonics. The company produces components and products that 1) output information -- such as displays, 2) capture information -- as with a camera or barcode reader, and 3) transmit or modulate information -- in the form of light in an optical fiber.

    Much of this exciting work is happening right in WTC's Microfabrication Laboratory. The company used the lab to develop the prototype of a video scanner for head-mounted displays and has moved into pilot production of the device. "WTC played a vital role in initial production and getting us to where we are today," says Kelly Linden, Microvision engineering manager who currently works in the lab four days out of five. "The Microfabrication Lab is a unique place where an outside company can work, using WTC equipment and facilities as an extension of itself."

    The relationship between Microvision and the Microfabrication Laboratory has been a reciprocally beneficial one. In its six years in the lab, Microvision has helped purchase specialized equipment as well as introduced processes and procedures. This has enabled lab staff to add process capabilities that can benefit other users.

    The company will continue as a lab user to refine the Nomad™ and develop other products. They recently partnered with Walsin Lihwa Corporation to develop low-cost manufacturing capabilities for the eventual mass production of key components of Microvision's microdisplay engine intended for consumer and other high-volume specialty applications. The worldwide market for displays is expected to grow from roughly $1.2 billion in 2001 to almost $5 billion by 2005.

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    Lab equipment additions and upgrades keep pace with increased user activity

    Sparked by continuing growth of its user base, WTC's Microfabrication Laboratory has addressed various potential bottlenecks in its process capabilities, resulting in the addition of several key pieces of equipment.

    On the facilities side, the high-purity water plant has undergone a three-fold increase in its production capacity for 18 Meg-ohm de-ionized water. Used by practically all lab users, DI water is the lifeblood for critical chemical etching and cleaning processes. In addition, a remote level sensor has been installed on the liquid nitrogen (LN2) tank to automatically order delivery of LN2 at pre-set levels via a dedicated phone line. Both of these facilities additions will provide an uninterrupted supply of high purity water and nitrogen to the lab.

    Equipment additions include a second Brewer Scientific CEE Model 100 wafer photoresist spinner, duplicating the CEE spinner currently in the lab. In collaboration with Microvision, Inc. (Bothell), the lab will add a Tencor P-15 profilometer. This instrument is several generations newer than the lab's present AlphaStep 200 profilometer, which is seeing heavy use. Both profilometers provide the capability to measure feature sizes for microfabricated structures, but the P-15 allows measurements down to 1 Angstrom resolution, with 7.5 Angstrom repeatability, over a 200 mm scan length.

    Additional equipment additions include a K&S; Model 780 High Capacity automated wafer-dicing saw, acquired by Microvision, Inc. and located in the lab's backend room. This diamond blade saw, used to separate individual die on processed wafers, is a valuable addition and backup to the lab's manual Disco wafer saw.

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  • WTC's Microfabrication Laboratory is indeed fab

    WTC is home to a remarkable resource for Washington company and academic researchers -- the Microfabrication Laboratory. Located in Fluke Hall on the University of Washington campus, the lab is available on a user-fee basis for research, technology development and prototype product manufacturing in areas such as avionics, micro-optics, micro-fluidics, fuel cells, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), biomedical devices, and biotechnology.

    Opened in April 1995, the 14,000 sq. ft. facility has 8,000 sq. ft. of clean room processing space. Industrial use of the lab has increased by 70% since its inception, with a corresponding increase in revenue of 500%. A catalyst for much of this growth has been WTC's technology initiatives in MEMS and more recently, in photonics / optical systems. Since 1997, WTC has invested $1.5 million into funding MEMS research and building the lab's resources. It has become the only public use MEMS R&D; facility in the state. The recent addition of a Deep Reactive Ion Etcher -- a tool that can fabricate deep, narrow structures - will significantly expand the lab's capabilities.

    Companies can access the lab's equipment and staff to perform the full range of micro-machined product development.

    Other academic-based facilities prohibit their industrial users from performing any 'for-profit' manufacturing of products in their facility, i.e., companies can perform R&D;, but must use some other facility for their manufacturing. WTC does not put any such constraints on its users and, thus, is able to support the product cycle for a longer period of time -- from prototyping through pilot production. This is particularly valuable to small or startup companies who otherwise wouldn't have the financial resources to access facilities of this caliber.

    Currently, more than 15 companies and 120 individuals are using the facility for microfabrication R&D.;

    Significant new technologies have been developed in the laboratory over the past several years. For example, Microvision, Inc., a leader in imaging technologies, used the lab to develop a video scanner for head-mounted displays. This revolutionary way to display images and information promises to make possible cost-effective, high-performance miniature devices that provide personal displays for electronic and computing products in military, aerospace, medical, industrial, and consumer electronics applications. Redmond-based Micronics, Inc. created the prototype for an inexpensive, disposable microfluidic cartridge that is used to perform blood tests and other diagnostics. Just one of these "lab-on-chip" devices can potentially perform up to 20 different medical diagnostic tests using the same sample.

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