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Texas Instruments Delivers The Power And Versatility of Light To Developers With New DLP® LightCrafter™ 4500 Evaluation Module

Latest development kit joins growing collection of ready-to-use DLP-powered tools for a variety of current and future applications

May 13, 2013

DALLAS and MUNICH, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) DLP® Products today announced DLP® LightCrafter™ 4500, the newest offering from TI DLP that empowers developers with all the tools necessary to bring award-winning, intelligent display DLP technology and the power of light together to create real-world products and solutions for a range of industries. Joining the original DLP LightCrafter – DLP's most successful development kit to date – and other available DLP components, DLP LightCrafter 4500 offers a targeted feature set for easier creation of portable and stationary 3D measurement tools for machine vision and quality control scenarios, medical imaging devices for dental and retinal scanning, spectrometers, augmented reality devices, and more. With Texas Instruments' 0.45-inch WXGA resolution DLP4500 chipset at its core (available now as a standalone product in two configurations), and a high brightness, 150 lumen LED light engine, the compact DLP LightCrafter 4500 is capable of helping turn ideas into prototypes, and prototypes into products, faster.

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"Our goal at DLP Embedded is to empower the developer community, from hobbyists up to university and corporate R&D teams, with the opportunity to meet and exceed their goals by using the intelligent display capabilities of DLP technology," said Mariquita Gordon, business manager, DLP Embedded. "DLP LightCrafter 4500 delivers on that promise, and together with our full line of offerings, will further prove how accurate, high speed light steering is able to achieve so much more than just traditional projection."

In addition to the DLP4500 chipset, DLP LightCrafter 4500 incorporates the new DLPC350 digital controller that brings the chipset's more than 1.03M micromirrors to life. An available structured light mode allows for one-to-one mapping of the input data to the micromirrors, and pattern rates up to 4225 Hz per second (up to 120 Hz with 24-, 27-, and 30-bit RGB patterns), while a video projection mode offers programmable color adjustment, color space conversion, and digamma. Additionally, the DLPC350 can produce two input/output trigger signals for synchronization of multiple cameras, sensors, and other peripherals, as well as enable interactive display capabilities with moving objects. A full connectivity suite of mini HDMI, USB, I2C and 24-bit RGB FPD-link ports makes it easier to combine DLP LightCrafter 4500 with other devices to further enhance usability and product integration. A Linux-based GUI provides users with fast access to adjust settings when DLP LightCrafter 4500 is connected to a PC.

"Our team has performed extensive work around lithography-based 3D printing, and other projects, using a number of Texas Instruments DLP's development products," said Prof. Jurgen Stampfl, Vienna University of Technology. "The high quality and performance of DLP technology has allowed us to move us forward from simply researching 3D printing to actually starting our own 3D printer business, and we eagerly await DLP's newest offering and its potential for our needs."

DLP LightCrafter 4500 will be available for purchase in summer, with a suggested retail prices of US $1299. To learn more, please click here. The standalone DLP4500 chipset is available now for purchase in either a 200 or a 500 lumen-capable configuration. For pricing and ordering details, please visit TI.com/MEMS. Additionally, you can experience the full line of available DLP chipsets and development platforms in person at Laser World of Photonics, from May 13-16, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Throughout the show, TI DLP will be co-exhibiting with our valued partners at booths/stands #301 and #207 in Hall B2.

About Texas Instruments DLP Products
Since 1996, Texas Instruments' award-winning DLP technology has powered the world's top display devices to deliver higher resolution images rich with color, contrast, clarity and brightness for a wide range of applications, including intelligent display technology. With DLP's intelligent display capability, users can interact with content in a diverse range of applications, such as automotive, medical and interactive projection. 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 display images from the palm of your hand. Every DLP chip features an array of up to 8 million microscopic mirrors that switch at ultra-high speeds. With this speed advantage, DLP enables applications unheard of by competing display technologies. To learn more about DLP technology, please visit www.DLP.com, or follow DLP on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TI_DLP.

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