At CEDIA EXPO 2002 (Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN) today, Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced that front projection products based on the Mustang/HD2 DLP(TM) chipset would be showing for the first time. New projectors designed specifically for home entertainment applications are being demonstrated by InFocus(R) Corporation (ScreenPlay 7200), Marantz (VP-12S2), SharpVision (XV-Z10000U), SIM2 Multimedia (HT300PLUS) and Yamaha (DPX1000). Also on show will be large screen tabletop TVs from Optoma (RD50 and RD65); from Samsung (first seen publicly at CES 2002); and the Grand Cinema RTX from SIM2 Multimedia makes its first appearance.
Also on show will be the first home entertainment products to feature the latest 0.55″ SVGA DLP(TM) technology which is expected to enable manufacturers to develop projectors whose affordability will bring them to a much wider market.
The Mustang/HD2 DLP(TM) chipset was originally announced in November 2001, with the first products to feature its higher contrast, superior brightness and advanced video reproduction being large screen, tabletop TVs. CEDIA EXPO 2002 marks the first public appearance of front projection products based on Mustang/HD2.
“The debut of these new front projectors featuring the Mustang/HD2 chipset has been long awaited by the home entertainment community,” said Bharath Rajagopalan, Business Manager, Home Projector Business Unit at TI’s DLP(TM) Products division. “Mustang/HD2 is enabling the development of projectors that clearly lead the market in terms of image quality with their higher contrast, superior brightness and advanced video reproduction. Consumers can now choose the latest DLP technology in either front projection or large screen TV products — and at increasingly affordable prices.”
Texas Instruments will be showcasing DLP(TM) technology on booth 281.
“We have already enjoyed considerable success with the ScreenPlay 110, our award-winning DLP technology-enabled product developed specifically for the home entertainment market,” said Scott Hix, vice president and general manager of business development of InFocus. “The ScreenPlay 7200 will enable us to build on this success with the new levels of brightness, contrast ratio and video performance that the Mustang/HD2 DLP chip set brings to the table. We’re very excited about the opportunity we see ahead of us.”
As well as new products featuring the Mustang/HD2 chip set, CEDIA EXPO 2002 will be notable for other exciting DLP(TM) technology-based solutions, including a new product from Sharp that is specifically designed for mass market retail (DT-200) and a second new SharpVision product (XV-Z90U) designed specifically for specialist video retailers. Both are based on 0.55″ SVGA DLP(TM) technology.
“The latest DLP technology is allowing us to offer an ever-broadening range of exciting new home entertainment products to consumers,” said Michael Amkreutz, Director of Display Devices for Sharp. “From the most discerning videophile to the family that just wants great pictures on large screens, DLP technology is helping us to develop solutions that offer optimum levels of price/performance. That’s why we value our relationship with Texas Instruments very highly.”
Close to twenty companies will be showcasing home entertainment products based on DLP(TM) technology at CEDIA EXPO 2002 and will demonstrate the unique breadth of optimum solutions that DLP(TM) technology enables — from the smallest, lightest projectors based on single chip DLP(TM) technology designed specifically for home entertainment applications all the way through to highly sophisticated, high brightness projectors based on 3-chip DLP(TM) technology.
“There is real momentum behind DLP technology at present,” said Dale Zimmerman, Business Manager, Home Entertainment at TI’s DLP(TM) Products division. “At CES, commentators were talking about ‘the DLP bandwagon’ and, if anything, DLP technology has become even more pervasive in the nine months since then. Just about all the major brand names and increasing numbers of companies entering the home entertainment market for the first time are featuring DLP technology. In the minds of both manufacturers and of consumers, we believe that DLP technology is establishing itself as the technology of choice.”
DLP(TM) technology delivers the clearest, sharpest, brightest, most accurate images in a broad range of projection and display applications including business projectors, home entertainment projectors, large screen tabletop TVs, video walls and projection systems used in commercial entertainment. DLP Cinema(TM) technology, which delivers large screen images that are superior in many respects to film, is helping to revolutionize the movie industry. Today, TI supplies DLP(TM) subsystems to almost all the world’s top projector manufacturers, who then design, manufacture and market projectors based on DLP(TM) technology. Since early 1996, over 1,000,000 DLP(TM) subsystems have been shipped. Over the past four years, DLP(TM) technology-based projectors have consistently won some of the audio-visual industry’s most prestigious awards, including, in June 1998, an Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
At the heart of TI’s Digital Light Processing(TM) technology is the Digital Micromirror Device optical semiconductor chip. The DMD switch has an array of up to 1,310,000 hinged, microscopic mirrors which operate as optical switches to create a high resolution, full color image. For more information, please visit www.dlp.com.
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