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A history of innovations: TI DLP® products

DLP technology history
Dr. Larry Hornbeck

Texas Instruments established the DLP Products division in 1993 to unleash the potential of Dr. Larry Hornbeck's vision for an all-digital optical device that would enable light to be manipulated with previously unimaginable accuracy and speed. 

TI DLP® Products creates display and sensing products that empower electronics manufacturers, scientists, and engineers to innovate light-steering applications ranging from digital cinema and home entertainment to optical networking and DNA synthesis.

A history of innovation

1987: Dr. Larry Hornbeck invents digital micromirror device (DMD), known as the DLP chip

1996: First commercial DLP projector system ships; enables first ultra-portable 6lb projector

1998: DLP Products receives first Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development (DLP Cinema®)

2004: DLP Products becomes #1 supplier of MEMS technology worldwide

2009: Consumer devices begin to ship worldwide featuring DLP® Pico™ technology2012: New DLP development kit launches letting developers embed the DLP chip into nontraditional markets

2013: DLP Products takes display to the automobile with a vision for a digital console and Head-Up Display (HUD)

2014: DLP Cinema products now in over 118,000 theatre screens worldwide2015: First automotive-qualified DLP chipset for head-up display (HUD) applications

2015: Dr. Hornbeck receives the 2014 Scientific and Technical Academy Award® of Merit (Oscar® statuette) for the invention of the digital micromirror device (DMD) technology as used in DLP Cinema® projection

A history of being 1st to market with new innovations

  • 1st digital cinema
  • 1st digital mainstream projector
  • 1st portable projector
  • 1st 720p and 1080 TVs and projectors
  • 1st filter free projector
  • 1st 3D digital cinema, TV and projector
  • 1st projector to use multi-primary colors
  • 1st pico projector
  • 1st projector technology to exceed 40,000 lumens
  • 1st interactive projector
  • 1st integrated cell phone projector
  • 1st high frame rates for cinema