Texas Instruments (TI), creators of the Digital Light Processing (DLP) chips found in many projectors, has announced that DLP chips supporting 1080p (1920×1080 progressive scan) are now ready for mass production, according to a report at DigiTimes.com yesterday.
At the moment, the best that DLP can support is 720p, which means that 1080i and 1080p material has to be down-sampled. With the new chips, 1080p source material will be viewable at native resolution. Currently, High Definition material is broadcast in the US and Japan at either 720p or 1080i with 1080p material limited to professioanl production and archiving use.
The move to 1080p for DLP, means that we can expect projectors that offer native support to be available in the UK by the time Sky begins its 1080i broadcasts in 2006, though it is likely that these will be limited to expensive high-end products.
The expectation though is that prices will lower as 1080p eventually becomes mainstream for TI, overtaking 720p. DLP projectors had nearly 40 per cent of the projector market in the third quarter of 2004, compared to slightly over 20 per cent in the second quarter of 2002, according to US-based Pacific Media Associates (PMA).