4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) is slowly with the price of 4K television going down, 4K media players flooding the market starting at $40, and 4K content appearing online via services like Netflix and over the air with DVB-S2. Thanks to the latest Texas Instruments DLP 0.67″ digital micromirror device (DMD), a cost down version of the 1.38″ DMD used in around 80% of cinemas worldwide, we could start seeing affordable 4K projectors in the second half of 2016.
The chip includes 4 millions tiny mirrors that quickly switch to generate the ~8 millions pixels required by a 3840×2160 display, and should be found in projectors capable of delivering up to 5,000 lumens. The DLP chip can be used in home theaters, but also in the office and at school for presentations or courses were text needs to be easily readable.
The solutions should delivery 100″+ displays with sharp images and text, as well as good color accuracy. Backlight can be achieved with LEDs, lamps, laser, or laser phosphor. Other details have not been published so far, but you can register to be informed once more infor is released on TI 4K DLP page. The new chip should launch in Spring 2016. In the meantime, you can watch an impressive demo with the device filmed at CES 2016.
Texas Instruments claims it will allow affordable 4K projectors, but did not mention any pricing. For reference, Optoma HD141X, a popular 1080p video projector, currently sells for around $550 on Amazon, so I’m assuming an affordable 4K projector could cost between $1,000 and $2,000, possibly in the higher range at the beginning.
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