Re: First DLP HDTV announcement

From: Chris Sutcliffe (
Date: Wed Apr 28 1999 - 16:56:58 EEST

Dear Elaine and List,

Dr. Bill O'Neill and myself have been trying to get hold of a DLP display to
integrate it into an research RP system for about a YEAR now!!!!! The
trouble is that TI won't sell us one. I don't know why perhaps they are
already working with RP system manufacturers.

If anyone can point me in the right direction or perhaps give me some
contacts in TI who would be willing to help I would be very grateful.

Dr. Chris. Sutcliffe
RP and Micromanufacturing Research
Product Innovation and Development Centre
Department of Engineering
3 Brownlow St.
Liverpool L69 3GL

(0151) 794 8022 Direct
(0151) 794 8021 Secretary
01893 209 556 Bleeper

-----Original Message-----
From: Elaine Hunt <>
To: <>
Date: 28 April 1999 14:45
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 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
>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
>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
>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 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
>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
>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
>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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