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Emerging digital micromirror device (DMD) applications
Author(s): Dana Dudley; Walter M. Duncan; John Slaughter
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Paper Abstract

For the past six years, Digital Light Processing technology from Texas Instruments has made significant inroads in the projection display market. With products enabling the world’s smallest data and video projectors, HDTVs, and digital cinema, DLP technology is extremely powerful and flexible. At the heart of these display solutions is Texas Instruments Digital Micromirror Device (DMD), a semiconductor-based “light switch” array of thousands of individually addressable, tiltable, mirror-pixels. With success of the DMD as a spatial light modulator for projector applications, dozens of new applications are now being enabled by general-use DMD products that are recently available to developers. The same light switching speed and “on-off” (contrast) ratio that have resulted in superior projector performance, along with the capability of operation outside the visible spectrum, make the DMD very attractive for many applications, including volumetric display, holographic data storage, lithography, scientific instrumentation, and medical imaging. This paper presents an overview of past and future DMD performance in the context of new DMD applications, cites several examples of emerging products, and describes the DMD components and tools now available to developers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 January 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4985, MOEMS Display and Imaging Systems, (20 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.480761
Show Author Affiliations
Dana Dudley, Texas Instruments Inc. (United States)
Walter M. Duncan, Texas Instruments Inc. (United States)
John Slaughter, Texas Instruments Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4985:
MOEMS Display and Imaging Systems
Hakan Urey, Editor(s)

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