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Sharp Announces HD-1 DMD Home Entertainment Projector

TI Announces New Version of DMD (August 08, 2001)
Texas Instruments today announced availability of a new version of the Digital Micromirror Device (DMD), the semiconductor chip which is at the heart of Digital Light Processing technology. The new DMD is a version of the previously-announced HD-1, but optimized for front projection applications. Concurrently, Sharp Electronics Corporation has announced the XV-Z9000U front projector for home theater based on the new technology. The XV-Z9000 is the world's first single-panel DLP technology-enabled, high definition front projector for home theater.

The HD-1 features an array of 1,280 x 720 pixels, allowing it to deliver both native support for 720p as well as 16:9 aspect ratio, giving it true High Definition (HD) capability. The HD resolution of the new device offers improved sharpness for all picture formats and sources such as NTSC- and PAL-originated DVDs. Graphics applications - such as PC games - are also supported, thus providing home users a 'best of all worlds' solution featuring both outstanding video and exceptional graphics performance.

"TI has enabled Sharp to develop a groundbreaking high definition front projector which delivers images which will satisfy even the most ardent videophiles, but at a consumer-level price point," said Frank DeMartin, director of product marketing, Sharp Electronics Corporation. "We're excited about the potential for the XV-Z9000, which we believe will set a new standard for performance in consumer home theater."

The HD-1 also benefits from a new production process which has enabled the XV-Z9000U to achieve a contrast ratio of 1,100:1, enabling it to deliver markedly superior image quality. This, together with the greatly reduced pixellation which is a key feature of DLP technology, is expected to make projectors featuring DLP(tm) technology the solution of choice for discerning home theater buyers.

"This new version of the DMD is the first we have developed specifically for front projection video applications," said Dale Zimmerman, Manager of DLP Home Entertainment Products.

A version of the HD-1 has previously featured in rear projection home entertainment systems featuring DLP(tm) technology from Hitachi, Mitsubishi and Panasonic.

This announcement follows closely on an announcement TI made on May 4th of a new version of the DMD which would provide native support for 480p and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Today's announcement extends the family of DMDs that have been specifically designed for home entertainment applications.

Today, TI supplies DLP subsystems to more than thirty of the world's top projector manufacturers, who then design, manufacture and market projectors based on DLP technology. There are now over fifty products based on DLP technology in the market. Since early 1996, over 750,000 DLP subsystems have been shipped. Over the past four years, DLP technology-based projectors have consistently won some of the audio-visual industry's most prestigious awards, including, in June 1998, an Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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