Digital Light Processing (DLP):
A History And Review Of Current DLP Technology
Whether you are in the market for a new TV, a front projector, or if you are simply trying to decide whether or not to replace your lamp – DLP technology is often the best value on the market. DLP’s are getting cheaper and cheaper. They are considered by many to be the best devices to deliver top-notch image quality at bargain pricing.
To understand the background of the technology, DLP, or Digital Light Processing, is a trademark owner by Texas Instruments, representing a technology used in some TV’s and video projectors. It was originally developed by Dr. Larry Hornbeck of Texas Instruments, in 1987.
The first high-definition television (HDTV) sets hit the market in 1998. Since then a number of changes have occurred in the industry. While plasmas and LCD’s have garnered much of the attention over the last couple of years Digital Light Processing, or DLP, has quietly drifted under the radar. DLP is commonly used in front projectors and rear projection television sets. Precise digital images make DLP technology ideal for high definition.
By understanding the technology, we find out why it is superior. DLP technology is based on a chip that contains millions of tiny mirrors. These mirrors are systematically activated when they receive digital signals. This allows them to project a larger image onto the screen. The DLP chip is faster than any other imaging technology on the market. This makes it ideal for high-definition movies, sports, and television shows. The pixels in DLP technology refresh quickly producing images with greater sharpness, clarity, and contrast.
DLP is the leading technology in front projectors. Front projectors, similar to those used in movie theaters, can fill up to 100 inch screens. As DLP projectors became more and more affordable they have also benefited from an explosion in popularity. Their ability to project an enormous, high-quality picture from a relatively small device is currently unparalleled. This is why many home theater buffs and business people love front projectors for parties, meetings, and trade shows.
The Pros of DLP Technology:
DLP gives you a bigger screen size for less cost
DLP produces smooth and jitter free images
DLP produces great contrast in dark environments
DLP renders color magnificently
DLP does not retain images (“burn-in”)
DLP does not give off a “screen door effect”
If size matters than DLP delivers the most bang for your buck!