DLP History

The DLP® Products division creates world-class digital technology that empowers leading electronics manufacturers, scientists, and engineers to innovate. Our technology continuously enables breakthrough development in light-steering applications ranging from digital cinema and home entertainment to optical networking and DNA synthesis.

Texas Instruments established the DLP Products division in 1993 to unleash the potential of one scientist's vision for an all-digital optical device that would enable light to be manipulated with previously unimaginable accuracy and speed.

Today, Dr. Larry Hornbeck is on his twenty-ninth patent and going strong. And the DLP team is shaping the digital future with the same dedication to excellence that's made Texas Instruments a world leader in digital signal processing.

A History of Innovation

Dr. Larry Hornbeck invents Digital Micromirror Device, known as the DLP® Chip

First commercial DLP projector system ships; enables first ultra portable 6lb projector

DLP receives first Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development (DLP Cinema)

DLP becomes #1 supplier of MEMS technology worldwide and to current date have shipped more than 33 million DLP chipsets

Consumer devices begin to ship worldwide featuring DLP Pico Projectors

DLP Cinema® now in over 50,000 theatres worldwide. More theatres showing digital movies than film

New DLP development kit launches letting developers to embed the DLP® Chip into nontraditional markets

DLP takes display to the automobile with a vision for a digital console and Head Up Display

A History of Being 1st To Market with New Innovations

  • 1st Digital Cinema
  • 1st digital mainstream projector
  • 1st portable projector
  • 1st 720p and 1080 TVs and Projectors
  • 1st filter-free projector
  • 1st 3D Digital Cinema, TV and projector
  • 1st projector to use multi-primary colors
  • 1st Pico projector
  • 1st projector technology to crack 40,000 lumens
  • 1st Interactive projector
  • 1st integrated Cell phone projector
  • 1st High frame rates for Cinema
  • 1st Cinema to do High Frame Rates for The Hobbit