TI supports shift to lamp-free projection with new chips

Texas Instruments (TI) has unveiled a new family of image processing chips for front projectors, designed to enable broader standardisation of 3D and interactive technologies.

Projectors with the new chipset design, which will be incorporated in shipping units starting late summer 2012, will display content from common 3D-formats supported by HDMI 1.4, from virtually any mobile device including tablets, smart phones, laptops and Blu-ray players.

The chipset allows projectors to work with any standard input-format as well as any light source, at any of TI’s full spectrum of resolutions, including XGA, SVGA, WXGA, 1080p and WUXGA.

The new chipset is also designed to facilitate the shift to lamp-free light sources by incorporating features designed specifically for solid-state deployment, enabling a wider range of manufacturing options.

“The display industry has evolved beyond the days of the higher resolution chase and the brightness battles,” said Roger Carver, general manager of DLP Front Projection. “As projectors increasingly become the central hub of the classroom, this new chipset will help optimise hardware and software for the new frontiers of interoperability, 3D and interactive display.”