Two weeks ago, the Academy Board of Governors gave the 2009 Scientific and Engineering Award (Academy Plaque) to four of the people who helped develop the color accuracy for DLP Cinema projectors. The Texas Instruments technology has become an important part of digital cinema, with installations at more than 17,000 screens worldwide. IMAX digital projection systems using DLP technology is now installed at 155 locations worldwide.
DLP uses micro-mirrors on semiconductor chips to create an image, and has a number of advantages over competing microdisplays. For example, it does not require polarized light, which helps increase light output and makes it well suited for 3D cinema displays using passive glasses.
The low demand for rear projection HDTVs has meant that DLP has not been as popular in home entertainment as might have been hoped. However, in addition to digital cinemas, the technology holds a strong position in front projectors for both business and home theater applications. And the newest, tiny imagers are a driving force behind the pico projector movement, which is making it possible to fit a full color projector in a cell phone, digital camera, or portable media player. As a result, you can expect to be watching images created by DLP devices for a long time to come.