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DLP Technology Introduces LightCommander Development Kit for Use in Light Processing

Today at SPIE Photonics West, DLP® Technology from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:  TXN) announced the DLP® LightCommander™, a development kit that offers users a highly versatile and easy to use tool for incorporating DLP technology into light processing applications.

The latest offering in the series of DLP® development kits created in response to demand by developers eager to experiment with DLP technology, the DLP LightCommander features an optical light engine, industry standard interfaces and application software. The versatility of the modular architecture helps expedite optical, electronic and system software development requiring high speed spatial light modulation. To see the kit in action, visit DLP's booth #315 or go to for advance information.

Designed to enable a quick, out of the box experience, the DLP LightCommander allows users to get their prototype development up and running in a matter of minutes instead of hours.

"The DLP LightCommander represents another significant step forward in equipping developers with the necessary tools to accelerate system development with DLP," said Arun Chhabra, manager, WW business development, DLP Embedded business. "This in turn allows them to address a broad range of industrial, medical and communications markets and deliver innovative light processing applications. Top of mind for today's developers is ease of use and flexibility. The kit combines both of these, benefiting both developers looking to quickly jumpstart their development and those seeking easier control of the Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) micromirrors for precise, high speed spatial light modulation."

The DLP LightCommander is designed, manufactured and supported by LOGIC. VISITECH, a DLP Design House partner, designed the versatile optics module found in the DLP LightCommander (visit  In addition, ViALUX, a DLP Design house partner, has developed a basic 3D scanning application using the DLP LightCommander platform that demonstrates the compelling value of DLP for non-contact based 3D measurement.

With microsecond switching speeds and the ability to handle Visible, UV and NIR light, DLP technology enables optical 3D measurement solutions that are faster than traditional contact based measurement systems, while still offering high levels of measurement accuracy.  The DLP Light Commander allows developers to harness these benefits in a flexible and easy-to-use platform.

"2010 is the year 3D scanning and measurement go mainstream," said Ping Fu, CEO of Geomagic Inc. "The DLP LightCommander is an exciting mass market enabler, advancing the design and manufacturing of personalized products and services in industrial, civil and medical markets, enhancing high speed inspection for homeland security and food safety and enriching the creation and preservation of art and history."

DLP LightCommander Availability and Pricing

The DLP LightCommander is targeted to be available in Spring 2010 with a suggested retail price of US $2499:

DLP Pico Projector Development Kit v2: Listening to Customer Feedback

Also now available is the DLP Pico Projector Development Kit v2, which has been updated to reflect and incorporate customer feedback. The DLP® Pico™ Projector Development Kit v2 is a light modulation solution that can be quickly and easily integrated into new structured lighting applications such as 3D optical measurement, machine vision, biometrics and surveillance.

Among the new updates to the kit include:

  • The ability to now directly connect to a PC for quick, out of box operation (via a HDMI port of a DVI port via a DVI to HDMI adapter)
  • A sync signal output (which connects to a sensor)
  • Selectable, high-speed DMD pattern rates (enabling a wide variety of frame rates (50Hz, 60Hz video frame rates; 120Hz, 180Hz, 240Hz, 480 Hz, 1440 Hz external or 1200Hz, 2400Hz internal DMD pattern rates)
  • An auxiliary connector (providing direct and easy access to the I2C bus)
  • A standard Type C HDMI connector

The kit combines the proven robustness of DLP technology and innovations in pico projection that will enable developers to embed spatial light modulation into a countless number of new applications.


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