Get that ant off the TV. The picture shows an ant's leg in front of a panel of micro mirrors from a . The mirrors switch off and on several thousand times a second--the light reflecting from them creates images. Each DLP contains millions of mirrors.
DLPs now come in rear-projection TVs and digital projectors from manufacturers such as Samsung.
TI's Larry Hornbeck filed the initial patents on the concepts behind the DLP back in 1983 and the company spent several years seeking out high volume applications.
Much of the is chronicled in "Engineering the World: Stories from the first 75 years at Texas Instruments," published by Caleb Pirtle III.
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