FLCOS Microdisplay FAQs

FLCOS stands for ferroelectric liquid crystal on silicon. Ferroelectric describes how the liquid crystal is spatially organized and activated. For more detail on why FLCOS is a compelling choice for microdisplay technologies, take a closer look at the technology.

Sequential color creates color by quickly cycling each individual pixel through shades of red, green and blue (instead of placing red, green, and blue pixels closely together as spatial color systems do). This method generates individual, full color pixels that provide the viewer with increased image quality and color fidelity. Sequential color also provides much higher optical throughput, achieving better efficiency than LCOS solutions using color filters.

FLCOS technology allows the liquid crystal to switch pixels on and off much faster than typical LCOS displays—as much as 100 times faster, with switching speeds of 40 micoseconds. This high speed provides higher optical throughput and wider operating temperature ranges than sequential color LCOS using nematic liquid crystals. It also allows FLCOS to operate at the industry’s highest color field rate and thus avoid the color breakup evident in typical LCOS and DLP solutions.

Enabled by a CMOS process, our single chip solution integrates the display panel, image processing, memory, and LED controllers—greatly simplifying projection designs. These products have a small footprint and are low-power.

Our FLCOS microdisplays have shipped in more than 20 million consumer applications. As panels or modules, they are ideal for mobile applications like wearable devices for virtual and augmented reality, camera viewfinders and heads-up displays. They’re also an excellent choice for hand-held pico projectors.