Article Categories
» Arts & Entertainment
» Automotive
» Business
» Careers & Jobs
» Education & Reference
» Finance
» Food & Drink
» Health & Fitness
» Home & Family
» Internet & Online Businesses
» Miscellaneous
» Self Improvement
» Shopping
» Society & News
» Sports & Recreation
» Technology
» Travel & Leisure
» Writing & Speaking

  Listed Article

  Category: Articles » Technology » Electronics » Article

How Digital Light Processing is Slowly Conquering The TV Market

By Mitchell Medford

Digital Light Processing can be considered as the pinnacle in science and technology that has focused its resources on the gigantic possibilities in improving digital entertainment. You may wonder, what is Digital Light Processing, and how it will help, or better yet, change digital entertainment. Here's a sneak peak on the what's and how's of Digital Light Processing.

Digital Light Processing was originally developed in 1987 by Texas Instruments scientist, Larry Hornbeck. Hornbeck had been trying experiments on how to manipulate reflected light since 1977, and developed the Digital Micromirror Device. Five years after Hornbeck's development of the Digital Micromirror Device, Texas Institute started to explore the commercial possibilities of Digital Micromirror Device. After a year of intensive development, TI named its new technology as Digital Light Processing or DLP for short. Their next step was making a separate group to further develop the commercial display applications of DLP. Their new group was aptly named, DLP Products division.

The prototype for the Digital Light Processors was seen for the first time in 1994. With the recognition of how promising the new technology could be, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose Digital Light Processing to project films on the Oscars. This was also the first time were the three-chip DLP technology was introduced to Hollywood.

The first ever release of DLP in public was in 1999, in the release of the George Lucas' movie "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace." After DLP's successful release, over two million DLP subsystems were shipped by December 2002.

The achievements of the Digital Light Processing products were also recognized when it was awarded with two Emmy awards. One was for broadcast excellence in 1998 and on 2003 for technology and engineering.

How does DLP, or Digital Light Processing work? DLP is basically a nanotechnological transformation of the basic survival technique of using a mirror to signal for help. You may wonder how such an advanced system could be compared to something so basic. Let me explain. The concept on both applications is the same, by shining a controlled series of light flashes on a target you are able to send out a message. The mirror on DLP's case is a part of an optical semiconductor which is the DMD also known as a Digital Micromirror Device. The DMD chip contains not only 1 but millions of microscopic mirrors each having the size of 16 micrometers or less than five times smaller than a human hair.

The DMD chip works by translating graphic signals into a corresponding mirror. By adding a projection lens and a light source, the mirrors are able to reflect any image on any available surface. The mirrors create light or dark images when they are tilted from a light source. This is accomplished by tilting two tiny hinges attached to each mirror.

With the advantage of smooth jitter free images, no burn-in effect experienced from plasma televisions, good color depth and contrast, and being smaller, thinner and lighter than the CTR-based options, Digital Light Processing is rapidly becoming a major player in the rear projection television market. Although Texas Institute remains the sole developer of this technology, many companies that have seen the capabilities and the promise of DLP have secured licenses with Texas Institute to market products that are based and developed from the DMD chipset.
About the Author
Mitchell Medford is an author and product consultant for several consumer electronics manufacturers. Visit his websites for more information on digtial light processing (DLP) and satellite TV.

Article Source:
If you wish to add the above article to your website or newsletters then please include the "Article Source:" as shown above and make it hyperlinked.

  Some other articles by Mitchell Medford
What is PocketDISH?
PocketDish by Dish Network is an ingenious video, music, game and photo device that's compact enough to fit into a pocket or purse. You can store TV programs, music, your favorite games and photos on ...

Why Is Digital TV Better Than Analog TV?
To believe this one should watch both of them and feel the difference on their own. The quality of picture and sound are of high quality which gives you ...

Xbox 360: A Revolution in Console Gaming
It wasn't so long ago that kids who got the "new" Nintendo 8-bit gaming console or the Sega system for Christmas were the envy of every less fortunate and burned out Atari owning neighborhood playmate. As ...

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Tivo
The World's first, best and easiest to use digital video recorder – that is TiVo in a nutshell. When it was first introduced, TiVo quickly gained ...

Flat Screen TV Comparison: Plasma vs LCD
Flat screen TV is one of the most popular and exciting TV technologies today. At only a few inches thick, flat screen TVs offer unparalleled flexibility ...

The History of Dolby Audio
These days, Dolby is a household name. The infamous "DD" symbol can be found on almost every piece of modern audio equipment out there. This includes gaming consoles, ...

  Recent Articles
Unlimited PSP Downloads ... Is it a Myth ?
by Cher K Markov

The rate of technological development
by Jeffrey Colin Edwards

Mp3 Player Purchase Tips
by Roberto Sedycias

Advantages of Wi-Fi camera
by Dhruba M

What About batteries around of us
by onebatt

Dvd's for the Home, Wide Variety of Dvd Players
by Don Huddleston

Using Cable Markers for Voice and Data Installations
by Nathania Heckert

What Is An LCD TV
by Mitch Medford

Buying an Affordable Philips Plasma TV
by soma

1/4 VGA Touch Screen Computer - Embedded Multitasking Touchpanel
by Wilke Technology

DLP (Digital laser Projection)
by Jawahn Thompson

Nokia N95: A Phone Par Excellence
by Ebony

Can't connect to database