Himax unveils phase-modulated LCoS platforms for AR HUD

TAINAN, Taiwan, May 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Himax Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: HIMX) (“Himax” or “Company”), a leading supplier and factory-less manufacturer of display drivers and other semi -conductors, today unveils its latest Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) technology, LCoS phase modulation, for two key application platforms, namely the AR Head-Up Display (“AR HUD”) used as an automotive holographic display and wavelength selective switch (“WSS”) for Wavelength Division Multiplexing (“WDM”) optical communications networks.

AR HUD using a holographic screen provides an intuitive viewing experience of multifocal planes

Himax showcased an AR HUD platform using its phase-modulated LCoS as a holographic display that provides a more compelling visual experience than the conventional HUD solution. The AR HUD not only provides brighter and more contrasting images, but also displays multifocal plane images simultaneously with lower power consumption, lower cost and smaller form factor. For the use case with two focal planes of AR HUD in the automobile, the information displayed on the instrument panel is projected directly onto the windshield in the driver’s field of vision with a focus at 50 cm . Another long-range aircraft focused about 10 meters away merges augmented reality information, such as the navigation map and driving instructions, with far-field real-world images that the driver can intuitively see on the windshield . The AR HUD also features a proprietary computer-generated holographic engine for real-time information fusion into augmented reality as well as adjusting image distortion to accommodate different windshield curvatures. .

WSS unleashes flexible handling of high-bandwidth data

Inside a state-of-the-art WSS system in the WDM network, LCoS phase modulation disperses and switches incident laser light in separate ports without a digital demultiplexer. Simplifying the switching architecture could provide a better and more flexible wavelength grid to efficiently handle data routing. In addition, the phase-modulated LCoS panel of the Himax WSS platform provides stable 2ft control with no ripple noise at a wavelength of 1550nm. All of these features have made the Himax WSS platform an extremely stable switching mechanism with higher bandwidth for the optical communication industry.

“AR HUD will be one of the next key automotive features. Himax’s LCoS phase modulation enables multifocal holographic displays in the automotive AR HUD and will disrupt the common HUD standard today. Meanwhile, with the proliferation of 5G, our proposed WSS system, where our phase-modulated LCoS is the heart of the system, is well positioned to deliver higher data bandwidth to the communications backbone, ”said Mr. Jordan Wu, President and Chief Executive Officer. Officer in Himax. “We are a company that believes in innovation. Responding to the demanding requirements of the automotive and communications industries, our engineers leverage our cutting-edge LCoS technology and push technological boundaries to create new and innovative solutions for our future customers. “

The design and production of Himax LCoS displays spans over a decade and have been included in the products of some of the world’s biggest technology names for the mass market. Himax currently maintains an in-house LCoS production facility in Taiwan, which has a proven track record of shipping up to 300,000 units per month and could scale up to 2 million units per month at its current location.

About Himax Technologies, Inc.

Himax Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIMX) is a factoryless semiconductor solutions provider dedicated to display image processing technologies. Himax is a global market leader in display driver integrated circuits and timing controllers used in televisions, laptops, monitors, mobile phones, tablets, automotive, digital cameras, navigation automotive, virtual reality (VR) devices and many other consumer electronics. In addition, Himax designs and supplies controllers for touch screens, single chip in-cell display and touch driver integration (TDDI) solutions, LED driver ICs, management ICs, power supply and LCoS micro-screens for augmented reality (AR) devices and heads. high display (HUD) for automotive. The company also offers CMOS image sensors, wafer-level optics for AR devices, 3D sensing and ultra-low power intelligent sensing, which are used in a wide variety of applications such as mobile phone, tablet. , laptop, television, PC camera, automobile, security, medical device, household appliance, AIoT, etc. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Tainan, Taiwan, Himax currently employs approximately 2,000 people in three Taiwan-based offices in Tainan, Hsinchu, and Taipei and country offices in China, Korea, Japan, Israel, and the United States. Himax has obtained 3,012 patents and 534 patents pending approval worldwide as of March 31, 2021. Himax maintained its position as the leading provider of display image processing semiconductor solutions for electronics brands general public around the world.


Forward-looking statements

Factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those described in this conference call include, but are not limited to, the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the business of the Company; general business and economic conditions and the state of the semiconductor industry; market acceptance and competitiveness of conductive and non-conductive products developed by the Company; demand for products for end-use applications; dependence on a small group of primary clients; the uncertainty of the continued success of technological innovations; our ability to develop and protect our intellectual property; price pressures, including falling average selling prices; changes in customer ordering patterns; changes in the estimated effective tax rate for the entire year; shortage of key components; changes in environmental laws and regulations; changes to export licenses regulated by the Export Administration Regulations (EAR); fluctuations in exchange rates; regulatory approvals for new investments in our subsidiaries; our ability to collect accounts receivable and to manage inventory and other risks described from time to time in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including the risks identified in the section titled “Risk Factors” of its Form 20 -F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 filed with the SEC, as amended.

Company contacts:

Eric Li, Director of International Relations / Public Relations
Himax Technologies, Inc.
Phone: + 886-6-505-0880
Fax: + 886-2-2314-0877
Email: [email protected]

Karen Tiao, Investor Relations
Himax Technologies, Inc.
Phone: + 886-2-2370-3999
Fax: + 886-2-2314-0877
Email: [email protected]

Mark Schwalenberg, Director
Investor Relations – US Representative
MZ North America
Phone: + 1-312-261-6430
Email: [email protected]

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