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Luminus and TI Develop Lamp-Free Projectors

Luminus Devices announced a collaboration with Texas Instruments DLP Products to demonstrate a 1080p prototype home theater projection system that uses their combined technology.

Luminus Devices announced a collaboration with Texas Instruments DLP Products (TI) to demonstrate a 1080p prototype home theater projection system that uses their combined technology.

While PhlatLight LED-based projectors have been previously developed and commercialized, brightness had limited their use to lower brightness, ultra-portable pocket projectors. Today's breakthrough introduces a lamp-free projector for mainstream applications that delivers color and performance advantages without compromising brightness, said the companies.

The ongoing collaboration between the companies has resulted in brightness improvements for DLP projection systems using the PhlatLight LED illumination developed by Luminus Devices. Further developments by TI and Luminus are expected to lead to the introduction of DLP projectors for corporate and education markets powered by PhlatLight LEDs in 2009.

"DLP projectors illuminated by PhlatLight LEDs have significant advantages, offering superior versatility, reliability, and convenience with instant start-up, stable brightness, and color over the the life of the projector, plus they eliminate the need for lamp replacement," said Christian Hoepfner, vice president of products for Luminus Devices, in a statement. "PhlatLight LEDs give DLP projectors a digital RGB light source, delivering unprecedented image quality with a wider color gamut, accurate, saturated colors with higher contrast, and deeper blacks."

Luminus has manufactured its patented PhlatLight LEDs for HDTVs since 2006 and PhlatLight LEDs remain the only LEDs bright and efficient enough to replace arc lamps, according to the company.

The prototype home theater will be demonstrated during InfoComm at the TI DLP booth C909.



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