ATLANTA, GA, (January 31, 2007)–Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, recently marked the tenth anniversary of the company´s establishment. As Texas Instruments´ (TI) founding partner in the development of DLP® technology, DPI offers a broad range of projection systems for commercial A/V, Staging and home cinema applications. The company´s history illustrates not only the development path of early DLP® display technology, but also a glimpse into the future of DLP® projection displays.
The foundation of the team that would go on to form Digital Projection International stemmed from U.K. based Rank Brimar in 1987. During the time period between 1988 and 1995, the members of the Brimar team identified the DMD technology then under development at Texas Instruments, and entered a joint agreement with TI to jointly develop this emerging display technology for projection applications. In 1996, the first public display of the very first 3-chip DLP® projection systems were shown at infoComm and market interest began to stir. Later that year, the management team within the Digital Projection development group executed a buyout from Rank Brimar and Digital Projection International was formed.
By 1997, the newly formed DPI began shipping the first high-brightness 3-chip DLP® projectors, the POWER 4DV series. The SVGA based unit was officially launched at NAB, and was capable of producing a true 3,500 ANSI lumens. As the first 100% digital projection platform, the product won a Tommy Award from Millimeter Magazine for technical achievement. The following year, Digital Projection International won two EMMY® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for the creation and deployment of the POWER 4DV. Development of the POWER series continued as other resolution platforms followed, with a maximum brightness at 7,500 ANSI lumens.
In 1999, Digital Projection launched and began shipping the first 3-chip DLP native SXGA projectors, along with its first generation LIGHTNING display. The staging and large venue markets quickly embraced the 12,000 ANSI lumen capable LIGHTNING displays, and DPI projectors rapidly became the overwhelming standard for major events worldwide including the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Emmy Awards.
From 2000-2003, Digital Projection again joined Texas Instruments in the research of digital cinema opportunities for DLP-based products. After defining many of the key performance attributes that would later characterize the DLP Cinema brand, DPI began shipping the first DLP® Cinema projectors. The first units, based on SXGA resolution, were shortly followed by 2K native displays.
Subsequently, market research identified that integrators in the very top end of the home cinema marketplace were seeking the highest quality DPI projectors for their most discerning clients. Later that year, Digital Projection International would begin development on projectors specifically targeted toward elite home cinema. This market continues to grow for DPI today.
Between 2003-2005, DPI continued to develop both large format commercial 3-chip projectors such as the LIGHTNING Pro and HIGHlite Pro series, the mid size 3-chip Mercury series, as well as the much smaller 1-chip DLP® displays. Such single-chip projectors as the iVision, and dVision series were capable of integration into both commercial and home cinema applications. By 2005, DPI introduced two additional 2K native resolution projectors as well as commencing development on a new LIGHTNING Pro series that would be capable of producing 22,000 lumens. These new projectors marked a 40,000% increase in brightness from the CRT projectors of the late 1980´s, and would be officially introduced into production the following year.
2006 marked the company´s tenth year of incorporation, as well as the arrival of 1080p for all markets. Continuing to work with Texas Instruments as new technology emerged, Digital Projection introduced four models that create imagery at native 1080p resolution, including both 3-chip and single-chip projectors. Today, Digital Projection remains TI´s only partner with a diversity of display solutions that are all 100% dedicated to the DLP® platform. With a complete product line ranging from $6,000 – $130,000, DPI continues to develop precision displays suitable for small, medium, and large venue, commercial applications and home entertainment.
"DPI and DLP® Products have long shared a strong business partnership spanning years of product innovation and customer installations," said Doug Darrow, DLP® Brand and Marketing Manager at Texas Instruments. "DLP congratulates DPI on this major milestone marking a decade of success."
Mike Levi, President of Digital Projection, Inc. added; "To all of our new and longtime customers alike: Thank you for investing with DP over the last decade. As we commence our 11th year of business and 21st year of product development, we pledge to hold your trust in our people and products, deep within our business principles. We can´t wait to show you what DP is likely to achieve over the next ten years."
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About Digital Projection International
Founded in 1989, Digital Projection International (DPI) has been instrumental in the development and application of Digital Light Processing technology by Texas Instruments for projection systems. DPI introduced the world´s first 3-chip DLP® projector in 1997, and has since delivered expert system engineering and world-class customer services, thus maintaining its position as a digital imaging pioneer.
DPI´s groundbreaking projection research and development has garnered the admiration of industry professionals around the world. This has earned the company many awards, including two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. DPI remains the first and only projector manufacturer to win the coveted award.
Today, DPI manufactures and distributes an extensive line of ultra high-performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP® projection systems. These projectors are the reference standard for demanding applications such as large-venue, live-event staging, fortune 5000, homeland security, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, worship and elite home cinema.