Re: First DLP HDTV announcement

From: David K. Leigh (
Date: Wed Apr 28 1999 - 16:57:15 EEST

We've been looking at the DLP projection systems for our church for about a
year. They're pretty cool because a prism is manipulated with electrical
current to yield your color video image. The drawback is resolution. They
are not even 1024x768 resolution yet. But, there is little loss in the
optics due to a prism instead of a LCD system.
David K. Leigh ph (254) 933-1000
Harvest Technologies fax (254) 298-0125
Rapid Prototyping Services

-----Original Message-----
From: Elaine Hunt <>
To: <>
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 1999 8:24 AM
Subject: First DLP HDTV announcement

>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
>>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
>>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
>>performance that is required to satisfy the demands of Home Entertainment
>>enthusiasts. This new project represents an exciting opportunity for
>>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
>>Senior Vice President and Manager of TI's Digital Imaging division.
>>"Hitachi's choice of DLP for this new High Definition product speaks
>>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
>>in the U.S, with satellite high definition broadcasting starting during
>>summer. In Japan, BS digital broadcasting will begin in 2000, bringing
>>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
>>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
>>for TV and PC applications, LCD-based projectors and displays and plasma
>>display panels (PDPs). In the United States, Hitachi has a significant
>>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
>>market DLP-based projectors. Over the past three years, DLP-based
>>have consistently won some of the audio-visual industry's most prestigious
>>awards, including, in June 1998, an Emmy Award from the American Academy
>>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
>>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
>>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
>>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
>>electronics. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the company's businesses also
>>include materials and controls, educational and productivity solutions,
>>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
>>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
>>their respective companies. SOURCE Hitachi, Ltd.
>> PR Newswire. All rights reserved.
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