Texas Instruments (TI) debuts DLP evaluation module

January 23, 2012 — Texas Instruments (TI, NASDAQ:TXN) DLP Products released DLP LightCrafter, an advanced, compact evaluation module for TI’s spatial light steering DLP technology. Designers can use the evaluation module to create industrial, medical, security and scientific products, among others.

The evaluation kit is built around the reference design for Texas Instruments’ 0.3" WVGA resolution DLP chipset for high-speed spatial light modulation. The chipset comprises the DLP3000 micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) device with 415,872 microscopic mirrors, and the DLPC300 controller for high-speed operation of the micromirror array. DLP LightCrafter integrates the 0.3 WVGA chipset with an RGB LED light engine that is capable of producing more than 20 lumens of light output. DLP LightCrafter also includes Texas Instruments’ TMS320DM365 embedded processor; 128MB of NAND flash memory for pattern storage; an embedded Linux OS; and a configurable I/O trigger for integrating cameras, sensors, and other peripheral devices.

THe 0.3" WVGA chipset displays up to 4000 binary patterns per second, and is commonly used in pico projectors.

DLP LightCrafter offers enhanced processing speed and power for developers to create, store, and display high-speed pattern sequences through DLP LightCrafter’s USB-based application programming interface (API) and graphical user interface (GUI). It joins TI’s development kit platform, targeting reduced development time and greater creativity.

"Over the past few years, our company has had great success in using DLP’s development tools to build out our designs for contactless, 3D fingerprint scanners, among other biometrics products," said Mike Troy, CEO, FlashScan3D. "DLP technology allows us to capture greater detail in fingerprints with higher accuracy, thus cutting down on the possibilities of technician error and fraud, and with the new DLP LightCrafter development module, we can scan prints faster, store data internally versus on a laptop or separate storage device and, because of its size, create even smaller, portable products."

Texas Instruments will show DLP LightCrafter at SPIE Photonics West, January 24-26 in San Francisco, CA at booth #2415.

Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) is a global semiconductor company. Texas Instruments’ award-winning DLP MEMS display technology has powered the world’s top projectors and displays, delivering pictures rich with color, contrast, clarity and brightness to screens of all sizes. DLP’s technology spans movie theaters (DLP Cinema) and large-scale, professional venues; in conference rooms, classrooms, and home theaters; and with DLP Pico-enabled mobile devices, the ability to project images from the palm of your hand. Learn more at www.TI.com/DLPLightCrafter.

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