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Bullet-Proof Reliability of DLP(R) Chip Enables Texas Instruments to Support Projector Customers by Offering a 5 Year DLP Chip Warranty

BenQ, InFocus, Optoma, Toshiba, ViewSonic and Vivitek first to express interest in offering longest projector technology warranty without hour usage limitations

DALLAS, July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DLP(R) Products from Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE:TXN) today announced support for its customers with a 5 year DLP chip warranty for existing chips to be integrated into DLP 1-chip projectors for education, business, and home theater. Each manufacturer will individually provide details regarding their warranty programs, taking into consideration this new 5 year extension. DLP's new warranty marks the longest available projector technology warranty in the industry that doesn't include hours of usage restrictions, such as the limited number of hours covered by the warranties of projectors powered by other technologies.

DLP projector manufacturers have expressed interest about the opportunity to extend the DLP 1-chip warranty to their customers in the education, business, and home theater segments, including companies like BenQ, InFocus, Optoma, Toshiba, ViewSonic and Vivitek.

"We are proud to be collaborating with our customers to help them take projectors to market that will offer some of the industry's best warranties for users," said Roger Carver, Manager of core products for TI's DLP Front Projection Business Unit. "The stability of the DLP chip helps drive innovation for manufacturers and lowers total cost of ownership for end users."

Since 2004, DLP Products has been extending projection manufactures a 36 month (3 year) warranty program on the DLP chip. Many of the manufacturer warranties on DLP based projectors today range from 3 to 5 years already.

DLP's 5 year chip warranty serves as a promise to buyers to purchase with confidence. This guarantee shortly follows the recent news from DLP products regarding ongoing leadership in projector reliability. Consumers experience extremely low maintenance requirements when they pick DLP projectors because, unlike the competition, most DLP projectors do not require filters, are not prone to burn-in of images and are virtually free from color degradation over time.

The DLP front projection chip is based on the same technology that powers the largest and brightest projectors found in movie theatres, which run in far more demanding usage situations than any school or business.

About Texas Instruments DLP Products:
DLP display technology from Texas Instruments offers clarity down to the most minute detail, delivering pictures rich with color, contrast and brightness to large-screen HDTVs and projectors for business, home, professional venue and digital cinema (DLP Cinema(R)). 50 of the world's top projection and display manufacturers design, manufacture and market products based on DLP technology. DLP is the only HDTV technology built from a foundation in the digital cinema where it set the industry standard demonstrated by the deployment of DLP Cinema technology in over 6,500 theatres worldwide. At the heart of every DLP chip is an array of up to 2.2 million microscopic mirrors which switch incredibly fast to create a high resolution, highly reliable, full color image. DLP technology's chip architecture and inherent speed advantage provides razor-sharp images and excellent reproduction of fast motion video. Since early 1996, more than 16 million DLP subsystems have been shipped. For more information, please visit http://www.dlp.com/.

About Texas Instruments:
Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, http://www.ti.com/. DLP and DLP Cinema are registered trademarks of Texas Instruments.

Source: Texas Instruments DLP