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Getting started with TI DLP® Pico™ technology

Ready to get started with DLP® Pico™ technology? We have the resources you need to easily do so, either by purchasing our most affordable and smallest DLP products evaluation module (EVM) or by learning more about how to start your next-generation display application.

Discover DLP Pico technology

DLP Pico technology delivers excellent image quality, high brightness and power-efficient display experiences in compact form factors. The technology works with a variety of display applications that require ultramobility, low-power consumption, and the need for free-form, on-demand displays.

Discover more about our technology with the "Getting Started With TI DLP Display Technology" application report. This document explains how to use DLP Pico technology in display applications and includes all the information you need, from selecting the right chipset to design and system considerations. 

Select

We provide a wide range of chipsets across multiple resolutions, from nHD to 4K UHD. Use this table as a quick guide to help you choose the right DLP chipset for your display application. To evaluate the full DLP chipset portfolio, leverage our DLP Labs video or product selection guide

Class
Resolution1
Typical brightness (lumens)2
Micromirror array diagonal
Digital micromirror device (DMD) part number3
Tools (evaluation modules)
Ultramobile, ultra-low power  640 x 360 (nHD)  Up to 100 0.2"  DLP2000 DLPDLCR2000EVM
854 x 480 (WVGA)  Up to 200 0.2" 
DLP2010
DLPDLCR2010EVM
960 x 540 (qHD) Up to 300 0.23"  DLP230GP
no
1280 x 720 (720p) Up to 300 0.23"  DLP230KP
no
1920 x 1080 (1080p) Up to 300 0.23"  DLP230NP DLPDLCR230NPEVM
Mobile, low power 1280 x 720 (720p) Up to 400 0.3"  DLP3010 DLPDLCR3010EVM-G2
1920 x 1080 (1080p) Up to 600 0.33"  DLP3310 DLPDLCR3310EVM
Compact, high brightness 1280 x 800 (WXGA) Up to 1000 0.45" DLP4501 DLPC6401DISPLAYEVM
1920 x 1080 (1080p) Up to 1500 0.47" DLP4710 DLPDLCR4710EVM-G2 
3840 x 2160 (4K UHD) Up to 1500 0.47" DLP471TP DLPDLCR471TPEVM
  1. Resolution refers to the number of pixels needed on the display for your applications. In some cases, there are standards that consumers look for, such as 1080P or 4K. In other cases, the resolution mentioned provides the minimum resolution needed to avoid any pixilation on the display. 
  2. Brightness is measured out of the projection lens. The brightness of a DLP Pico projector depends on a number of variables, including the type of illumination source, DMD size and throughput efficiency of the overall optical design. Read the "TI DLP System Design: Brightness Requirements and Trade-Offs" application report to learn more about the brightness required by your projection display.
  3. All of our chipsets are supported with mass production optical engines.

Evaluate

After selecting the right DLP Pico chipset, you are ready to start your display projection project. You can learn more about the many display applications using DLP Pico technology. The easiest way to experience DLP technology is by purchasing an EVM. Depending on your needs, the full range of EVMs are designed to help both beginners and experienced engineers move from evaluation to production quickly.

Pico development

Get started with our DLP LightCrafter™ display 2000 EVM

Our DLP2000 EVM is the most affordable way to get started with DLP Pico technology. This EVM is an nHD (640x360) projection display platform that contains the DLP2000 DMD. The EVM can be paired with a single-board computer for many display applications, which allows you to start evaluation with DLP Pico technology immediately. 

Follow the simple steps below to begin designing your application right away. 

Step 1:

Buy your DLP LightCrafter Display 2000 EVM.

Step 2:

Watch a quick video to learn how to pair the EVM with a single-board computer and get started with your design.

Step 3: 

Connect your EVM to your single-board computer to continue your evaluation. The DLP2000EVM is compatible with BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi.

Develop

We are here to support you, with technical documentation, reference designs, training videos and more. In addition, our TI E2E™ support forums provide fast and reliable technical support from our engineers throughout every step of your design.

There are several options for integrating optical modules into your design. For applications focused on an application processor and DMD display interface electronics, an off-the-shelf DLP Pico optical engine may be the right choice. For more complex designs, custom optics are available from our third-party network of optical module manufacturers and design houses.

In addition, your printed circuit board needs to incorporate the appropriate layout and electrical design requirements for your DLP Pico display sub-system. Failure to adhere to these guidelines can result in permanent damage to devices. 

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