BARCO’s Avionics Displays Selected by BOEING

KORTRIJK, BELGIUM, 18 January, 1999 – BARCO Display Systems has been selected by The BOEING Company, Monrovia, California, to supply a first series of Avionics Color Head Down Displays (CHDD) for the Boeing NightHawk Targeting System being installed on the Eurocopter BO-105 helicopter.
BARCO’s Color Head Down Display CHDD 5.4 is a 5 x 4 inch avionics color display, with a resolution of 640 x 480, and using state-of-the-art AMLCD (Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display) technology. This technology ensures that the BARCO cockpit display has superior optical performance in terms of luminance, contrast, and reflectivity.

BARCO’s CHDD 5.4 consists of a high quality, full sunlight legible, Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS-A) or Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compliant, raster scan flat panel display and a multi-function bezel assembly. It has especially been designed for avionics applications, and is fully compliant with MIL-L-85762A with regards to luminance, contrast and NVIS radiance.

The CHDD 5.4 provides over 200 fL of flat field white luminance and utilizes the latest technologies in optical contrast enhancement and reflection reduction techniques for superior viewing in direct sunlight. On the opposite end of the scale, the CHDD 5.4 provides >4000:1 dimming. For night operations, it provides an extremely low monochrome field luminance as low as <0.03 fL.

The BOEING Company selected BARCO’s CHDD 5.4 to provide dynamic, high resolution display of the NightHawk’s State of the Art FLIR and TV sensor imagery. The combination of NightHawk’s high performance sensors and the BARCO high resolution display will provide superior Day/Night/Adverse Weather long target detection and recognition capability for BO-105 operators. Delivery of a first series of displays will start in March 1999.

About BarcoView:
BarcoView with operation facilities in Kortrijk (Belgium), Toulouse (France), Atlanta, Georgia and Portland, Oregon (USA) designs and manufactures high-resolution display systems, displays, graphics controllers and display subsystems for highly demanding niche markets such as C4I, avionics, vessel and air traffic control, vehicle electronics, and medical imaging applications.

Alongside Barco Projection Systems and BarcoVision, BarcoView is one of the three strategic activities of the BARCO Group, which are all active in Image Processing. Barco Projection is in various markets of large screen visualization, whereas BarcoVision develops systems for visual inspection and quality control. In 2000, the entire BARCO group delivered a turnover of euro 751 million. BARCO has a network of subsidiaries, distributors and agents in 97 countries throughout the world. BARCO has been quoted on the Brussels Stock Exchange since 1986, and is now quoted on Brussels/Euronext. BARCO is a BEL 20 and a Next 150 company and is member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.

For more information, please contact

Inge Govaerts picture 1 Inge Govaerts
Corporate Communications Manager
Barco NV

Telephone +32 56 36 80 52


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