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Shipments of DLPTM subsystems pass 1,000,000 unitsTexas Instruments ships 250,000 DLPTM subsystems in last eight months
Dallas, Texas - December 17, 2001 -- Providing further evidence of the continuing success of its DLPTM technology, Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced today that shipments of DLPTM subsystems had topped the 1,000,000 mark. TI had announced only in April this year that shipments of DLPTM subsystems - which are at the heart of many of the industry's most popular projectors - had exceeded 750,000 since the first units were delivered to customers in early 1996.
"DLP technology delivers the clearest, sharpest, brightest images you can get," said John Van Scoter, General Manager of DLPTM Products and Vice President of Texas Instruments. "As such, it's not surprising that it is becoming the technology of choice for increasing numbers of projector and display manufacturers, as well as for consumers and business people worldwide. Announcing this milestone achievement at this time is especially pleasing as it comes in a year that has been a difficult one for the whole industry, and the fact that we have managed to ship a quarter of a million DLP subsystems in under eight months is testimony to the strength of our solution."
The success of DLPTM technology can be attributed to the fact that it uniquely enables the development of projectors and displays which feature the industry's leading combination of outstanding image quality in compact, lightweight, elegant products. Beyond this, projectors featuring DLPTM technology offer a substantially superior lumens/pound ratio, delivering substantially more brightness per pound of weight than is possible with competing technologies. The world's lightest projectors - weighing just 2lbs - have also been uniquely enabled by DLPTM technology.
"As we make this landmark announcement, we stand poised at the beginning of an exciting year for DLP technology," concluded Van Scoter. "Thus far, our success has been derived mostly from the business projector market, but 2002 will be the year when we expect to also become a major force in products for home entertainment applications. The Consumer Electronics Show next month will see a number of household name manufacturers showcasing innovative solutions based on DLP technology which will come to market during the year, and which we expect will enjoy considerable success."
DLPTM technology delivers the clearest, sharpest, brightest, most accurate images in a broad range of projection and display applications including business projectors, home entertainment projectors, large screen tabletop TVs, video walls and projection systems used in commercial entertainment. DLP CinemaTM technology, which delivers large screen images that are superior in many respects to film, is helping to revolutionize the movie industry. Today, TI supplies DLPTM subsystems to almost all the world's top projector manufacturers, who then design, manufacture and market projectors based on DLPTM technology. Over the past four years, DLPTM technology-based projectors have consistently won some of the audio-visual industry's most prestigious awards, including, in June 1998, an Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
At the heart of TI's Digital Light ProcessingTM technology is the Digital Micromirror Device optical semiconductor chip. The DMD switch has an array of up to 1,310,000 hinged, microscopic mirrors which operate as optical switches to create a high resolution, full color image. For more information, please visit www.dlp.com.
Texas Instruments Incorporated is the world leader in digital signal processing and analog technologies, the semiconductor engines of the Internet age. The company's businesses also include sensors and controls, and educational and productivity solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and has manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries.
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