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Texas Instruments launches new DLP pico projector chips

  • TI (TXN) claims its new 0.2" TRP pico (miniature) projector DLP chipset delivers twice the brightness (on a frame-by-frame basis) and resolution of its predecessor, while consuming half as much power.
  • These gains are attributed to the TRP's use of TI's new Tilt & Roll Pixel architecture, and its IntelliBright algorithms.
  • TI, whose TV DLP chipset sales aren't what they used to be, is hoping the TRP finds its way into smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, and Google Glass-like "near-eye displays." With total 2013 smartphone/tablet sales expected to surpass 1.2B, even a 3%-5% penetration rate could drive huge volumes.
  • DLPs continue to power a large portion of the most popular pico projectors. But there's growing competition from companies pushing liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) solutions; Himax is one notable example.
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