When coordinated with a 3D digital video or graphic signal, a light source, and a projection lens, DLP technology enables stereo 3D display capabilities in high definition at high frame rates.

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DLP technology will enable consumers to view 3D content in their homes. ecause the 3D HDTV mode is very inexpensive to implement, viewers will realize the benefit of compelling, high-definition, 3D viewing in addition to conventional high-definition capability.


To enable compelling 3D, 2D, and HD viewing experiences and to provide incentives for content providers to target home viewers with 3D media.


The DLP chip contains a rectangular array of up to two million hinge-mounted microscopic mirrors. Each of these micro-mirrors measures less than one-fifth the width of a human hair. The bit-streamed image code entering the semiconductor directs each mirror to switch on and off up to several thousand times per second. This fast switching rate enables a 120-Hz frame rate, which allows display of 3D stereographic images at 60 Hz per eye without flicker.


Consumer 3D-ready HDTVs now exist, so content providers can begin creating movies and games that add another level of immersion for consumers. Over one million 3D-ready DLP televisions are expected to be in consumers' homes by mid-2008.


Ken Bell
Texas Instruments Incorporated
kenbell (at) ti.com