History of innovations with TI DLP® products

TI DLP technology has a history of innovations
DLP technology continuously enables breakthrough development in light-steering applications

The TI DLP® products division creates world-class digital technology that empowers leading electronics manufacturers, scientists, and engineers to innovate. Our technology continuously enables breakthrough development in light-steering applications ranging from digital cinema and home entertainment to optical networking and DNA synthesis.

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

Today, Dr. Larry Hornbeck is on his twenty-ninth patent and going strong. And the DLP products team is shaping the digital future with the same dedication to excellence that's made Texas Instruments a world leader in digital signal processing.

A history of innovation

1987: Dr. Larry Hornbeck invents Digital Micromirror Device, 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 and to current date have shipped more than 40 million DLP chipsets

2009: Consumer devices begin to ship worldwide featuring DLP® Pico™ projectors

2012: New DLP development kit launches letting developers to 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 now in over 110,000 theatre screens worldwide.

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 crack 40,000 lumens
  • 1st interactive projector
  • 1st integrated cell phone projector
  • 1st high frame rates for cinema

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