Jim McGroddy, Former IBM Executive, Joins Board of Forth Dimension Display

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Dr. James C. McGroddy, retired Senior Vice President of IBM, has joined the Board of Directors of Forth Dimension Displays, an emerging Scottish microdisplay firm.

Forth Dimension Displays has put together a high quality team and is well positioned to become a key player in the display marketplace. I look forward to adding value as ForthDD moves aggressively into a number of rapidly expanding application areas which fit well to the technology base they have brought to maturity

Dr. James C. McGroddy, retired Senior Vice President of IBM, has joined the Board of Directors of Forth Dimension Displays, an emerging Scottish microdisplay firm.

“Forth Dimension Displays has put together a high quality team and is well positioned to become a key player in the display marketplace. I look forward to adding value as ForthDD moves aggressively into a number of rapidly expanding application areas which fit well to the technology base they have brought to maturity,” said Dr. McGroddy.

“Jim’s proven leadership in driving new display technologies to the marketplace through cooperation with Asian partners is very important to Forth Dimension Displays as we take our technology into larger consumer segments, such as rear projection HDTVs,” said Leslie G. Polgar, CEO. “While at IBM, Jim was a leader of their joint venture with Toshiba that made LCD displays for laptop computers a reality,” Polgar added.

McGroddy’s career with IBM focused on the introduction of new methods to enhance the linkage of R&D to manufacturing and product exploitation. During his tenure, which spanned the period of IBM’s most difficult challenges, he led a major restructuring of its research efforts, building a model and management system which is now widely emulated because of its effectiveness in enhancing the return on the research investment.

Since leaving IBM, McGroddy has consulted for a number of companies in the display area, as well as across a broader swath of hardware and software technologies. He is Chairman of the Board of MIQS, a healthcare software firm, and of Advanced Networks and Services, and serves on the Board of Paxar Corporation, a New York Exchange traded company. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He received his BS in Physics from St. Joseph’s University, and a PhD in Physics from the University of Maryland.

Forth Dimension Displays develops and makes the world’s only all-digital, high definition, single-chip, time-domain imagers.

Background Information

About Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD)- http://www.forthdd.com

All Digital. Time Domain Imaging (TDI). Single Chip.

The Company

Forth Dimension Displays develops, manufactures and supplies the world’s most advanced microdisplays using a proprietary, fast-switching liquid crystal technology.

The Company -- previously named CRLO Displays Ltd -- was formed in September 2004, funded by an “A” series round from Amadeus Capital Partners and Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures. The Company is located in Dalgety Bay, Scotland across the River Forth from Edinburgh, with offices in Walnut Creek, California on the eastern side of Silicon Valley.

In Year 2005, 90% of ForthDD’s rapidly-growing revenues were from products shipped overseas, mostly to North America and Asia.

Technology and its Advantages

ForthDD’s proprietary, high-speed liquid crystal display and driver technology has major advantages in performance and cost.

Performance advantages: the technology is all digital. It processes images in the time domain (TDI) on a single chip, without RGB sub-pixels, separate RGB beams and optics, and without tilting mirrors. This combination allows both amplitude and phase modulated imaging. It provides high native resolution, full 24-bit colour for showing high-speed motion. The technology is well-matched to the new LED and laser diode light sources.

Cost advantages: The single chip has no moving parts, so it is built using standard CMOS wafer processes. The absence of separate RGB light paths enables customers to use simpler, lower cost optics in their system integration.

A portfolio of more than seventy patents protects ForthDD’s TDI technology.

Applications, Market Segments and Products

Forth Dimension Displays has an established reputation as the leading supplier of premium, high native resolution microdisplays in training and simulation systems for military and aerospace customers. It continues to serve this segment with chip, driver and board-level products.

The firm’s business is expanding with products to customers in consumer electronics:

  • Large screen rear projection HDTV (720p and 1080p)
  • High-resolution “immersive experience” (near-eye) systems for consumer entertainment
  • Advanced front projection systems

And to customers in emerging segments such as:

  • Confocal microscopy and image injection for medical diagnostic and surgical systems
  • Digital printing and imaging systems
  • High-resolution industrial metrology and process systems
  • Advanced 3D and holographic imaging systems

For further information please contact: Ruppel Joshi, Marketing Manager. Forth Dimension Displays Limited

DD: +44 (0) 1383 827 963 Main switchboard: +44 (0) 1383 828 800 Fax: +44 (0) 1383 828 801

http: http://www.forthdd.com

Forth Dimension Displays Limited 2006. Whilst the information contained in this press release is believed to be accurate and is given in good faith, no reliance should be placed on this information without consulting Forth Dimension Displays.

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