A new 4K chip from Texas Instruments could bring a new look to home theaters and businesses.
The 0.67-inch 4K ultra-high definition chip was announced at CES. It is based on DLP Cinema technology produced for movie theaters, and is offered in a single-chip projector architecture for both high resolution and high brightness.
That all comes from speed of the chip: the fast switching speed of the digital micromirror device enables more than 8 million pixels on the screen using 4 million mirrors. The true 4K UHD resolution comes from the mirrors’ ability to switch 9,000 times per second, meaning that there are two different pixels on the screen in every slot during every frame. That increases the resolution and reduces blur, as well as maintaining color without blurriness between colors.
The chip can be used with multiple light sources, so that it can be included in a variety of devices using lamps, LEDs, or laser phosphor.
“4K UHD comes to life when all of the details in the content are accurately displayed,” Dave Duncan, DLP Products business manager at Texas Instruments, said in a press release. “By giving customers the ability to incorporate a 4K UHD display chip that’s roughly the same size as our 1080p chip, this new solution from TI DLP Products can be a game changer for the industry.”
“TI’s versatile 4K UHD chipset gives us the capability of developing high quality 4K UHD products for a variety of applications,” said Robert Sterzing, the president of Optima Technology.
People interested in purchasing the chip can sign up at TI to be notified when it is available. It is expected to be ready in spring 2016.
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