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First joint reference design on personal projector showing lamp and panel. (Source: Seiko Epson Corporation)
Epson and Philips team up to design personal projector for gamers and portable multimedia users

Seiko Epson Corp. and Royal Philips Electronics announced on Wednesday a joint venture design for a small, cost effective projector.  The two companies thus far released the joint reference design for the personal projector.

The aim for the personal projector veers away from the basic business and educational purposes and will be targeted towards video gaming and personal multimedia players.  The device will be a compromise between Philips Ujoy lamp-system and the Epson HTPS 3LCD panel, which is said by the companies to offer a bright picture and color-saturation and compactness required for the projector.

"With the ever shrinking sizes of key-components, new application domains for projection come in reach of the consumer" said Ney Corsino, VP Marketing at Philips Digital Projection Lighting. "The use of projection in conjunction with applications as diverse as game consoles, digital cameras, PDAs and MP4 players will create new, immersive consumer viewing experiences due to the large screen size framed within small, stylish and portable devices. Our Ujoy(R) lighting system is a very compact, low-power light source based on the well-known Philips innovative UHP(R) technology and is specifically designed for these applications."

The new HTPS TFT panel, dubbed the L3P045 Series, has 0.47 inch panel size at 800x600 (SVGA) pixels. It also has a 71% aperture ratio and 12nm pixel pitch.  The Ujoy lamp system specifications include a lifetime of 2000 hours, with an output power of 50 watts.  The lamp size is 43.5mm with length of 64mm and weighs 115g.  The driver size is 70x36x26mm.

No news has been released on the production schedule or estimated price of the unit.

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By zsouthboy on 6/15/2007 9:47:28 AM , Rating: 2
so you can watch a DVD on the hotel wall?

In that case 800x600 is more than enough.

We'll see what the price ends up being.

I could see, if the price was right, and entire enthusiast hacker community opening up, putting these things in all sorts of neat places...

By edpsx on 6/15/2007 10:37:27 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah but 2000 hours is way too short for anything long term. It is a very neat idea though and can be used for many applications.

By kextyn on 6/15/2007 11:28:51 AM , Rating: 2
2000 hours is what most projectors are rated at and is long enough for just about anything (as long as you can replace the bulb.)

By deeznuts on 6/15/2007 1:17:19 PM , Rating: 2
800x 600 is enough for DVD? Just barely. 852x480 is better. But it'll "do" but who wants "do" for a new projector?

More interesting technology is this one where you need a 3" throw for an image

Too good to be true
By juarezr on 6/15/2007 7:24:36 AM , Rating: 1
Specially if can do 1024 x 768 and cost $199

RE: Too good to be true
By mjcutri on 6/15/2007 7:59:23 AM , Rating: 2
did you even read the article??? or just the head line?

"The new HTPS TFT panel, dubbed the L3P045 Series, has 0.47 inch panel size at 800x600 (SVGA) pixels."

RE: Too good to be true
By mdogs444 on 6/15/2007 8:23:16 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly, and I'm sure it will be much more than $199 lol

RE: Too good to be true
By deeznuts on 6/15/2007 1:08:41 PM , Rating: 2
I definitely read the article, and at 800x600 I don't know what kind of gaming anyone wants to do on that now. Not PS3/X360 Gaming.

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