First DLP HDTV announcement

From: Elaine Hunt (
Date: Wed Apr 28 1999 - 16:15:13 EEST

Could this DLP be used one day in RP? It is mirror based.....if you
remember TI's patent.

> Hitachi and Texas Instruments Announce Agreement To Jointly
>Develop HDTV
> April 27, 1999 11:01 AM EDT
> Digital Light Processing technology chosen as basis for new
>all-digital multimedia display
> TOKYO and DALLAS, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Hitachi, Ltd.
>(NYSE: HIT; Tokyo: 6501) and Texas Instruments (TI) announced today that
>they have signed an agreement under the terms of which Hitachi will use
>Digital Light Processing(TM) (DLP(TM)) technology to develop the world's
>first all- digital, large screen high definition (HD) rear projection
>television. Hitachi plans to release the new television in Japan and the
>U.S. market in the second half of 2000.
> The agreement also calls for TI to further develop DLP
>technology in support of HDTV applications with 16:9 aspect ratio, and for
>the two companies to collaborate in the development of new, higher
>brightness projection optics, HDTV signal receiving technology and an image
>processing LSI (Large Scale Integrated Circuit).
> The two companies will also consider extending future
>collaboration beyond the areas announced today.
> "We have been extremely impressed with the significant
>advances in DLP technology aimed at serving the Home Entertainment market,"
>said Masao Kato, Executive Vice President of Digital Media operations at
>Hitachi. "While DLP technology has served the data projection market with
>many leading products, recent breakthroughs - focused on improving video
>performance - have elevated DLP to a new level. It's this outstanding video
>performance that is required to satisfy the demands of Home Entertainment
>enthusiasts. This new project represents an exciting opportunity for Hitachi
>to bring innovative, premium performance products to the market: we're
>delighted to have signed this agreement with TI today."
> "Signing this agreement with Hitachi is an extremely
>exciting milestone in the development of DLP technology," said Bob England,
>Senior Vice President and Manager of TI's Digital Imaging division.
>"Hitachi's choice of DLP for this new High Definition product speaks volumes
>about not only how much the technology has progressed, but also its
>extraordinary potential for the future. We're excited that DLP technology
>will deliver the first-ever all- digital display to the home entertainment
> Demand for home theater systems is increasing worldwide:
>digital terrestrial broadcasting will begin this spring in ten major cities
>in the U.S, with satellite high definition broadcasting starting during the
>summer. In Japan, BS digital broadcasting will begin in 2000, bringing high
>resolution, high image quality movie programming to every home.
> "Texas Instruments demonstrated a prototype of this
>technology at CES in January and it was truly awe-inspiring," said David E.
>Mentley, Vice President of Stanford Resources, Inc. "It clearly has the
>potential to raise the performance bar for rear-projection HDTV displays."
> Hitachi has built a substantial business in the projection
>display market and now has a broad product line which includes CRT monitors
>for TV and PC applications, LCD-based projectors and displays and plasma
>display panels (PDPs). In the United States, Hitachi has a significant share
>of the market for projection televisions under the UltraVision(TM) brand
>name. Hitachi's in-house optics technology development enables all its
>projection and display products to feature outstanding image quality.
> DLP is an enormously attractive technology for the
>development of next generation HDTV systems, based on its digital nature,
>its high resolution, its high contrast and the fact that it enables the
>development of uniquely small and lightweight product packaging.
> Today, TI supplies DLP subsystems to more than twenty-five
>of the world's top projector manufacturers, who then design, manufacture and
>market DLP-based projectors. Over the past three years, DLP-based projectors
>have consistently won some of the audio-visual industry's most prestigious
>awards, including, in June 1998, an Emmy Award from the American Academy of
>Television Arts & Sciences. Since shipments began in early 1996, TI has
>delivered over 150,000 DLP subsystems to its customers. There are now over
>fifty DLP-based products in the market.
> At the heart of TI's Digital Light Processing technology is
>the Digital Micromirror Device (DMD), an optical semiconductor chip that has
>an array of microscopic mirrors mounted on a standard logic device. These
>tiny mirrors operate as optical switches to create a high resolution, full
>color image.
> Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the
>world's leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 1997 (ended March
>31, 1998) consolidated sales of 8,417 billion yen ($63.8 billion*). The
>company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including
>computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial
>equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi's Web
>site at
> * At an exchange rate of 132 yen to the U.S. dollar.
> Texas Instruments Incorporated is a global semiconductor
>company and the world's leading designer and supplier of digital signal
>processing and analog technologies, the engines driving the digitization of
>electronics. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the company's businesses also
>include materials and controls, educational and productivity solutions, and
>digital imaging. The company has manufacturing or sales operations in more
>than 25 countries.
> Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange
>under the symbol TXN. More information on TI's DLP technology can be found
>on the World Wide Web at
> Texas Instruments, the Texas Instruments logo, Digital
>Light Processing, DLP, Digital Micromirror Device and DMD are all trademarks
>of Texas Instruments. UltraVision is a trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. in the
>United States. The Hitachi logo is a trademark of Hitachi. All other
>products and names may or may not be trademarks or registered trademarks of
>their respective companies. SOURCE Hitachi, Ltd.
> PR Newswire. All rights reserved.

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