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Pixelworks Launches SoC for Next-Gen LED, 3D Projectors

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Pixelworks has said it has begun shipping a new SoC that is targeting next-generation, mainstream LCD or DLP projectors for the education, business and home theater segments.

The Topaz SoC supports 1080p and WUXGA (1920 x1200) resolutions as well as standard and non-standard 3D content, including 3D format decoding with a universal 3D glasses interface.

The SoC also comes with a video decoder that supports 8/10 bit analog inputs or HDMI/DVI digital inputs (HDMI 1.3, 1.4 3D), a USB 2.0 host controller, Ethernet MAC, an on-screen display menu controller and an ARM9 processor to enable projector vendors to use  customized applications.

"Current projector technology is undergoing a significant transition as more diverse and sophisticated applications become available, creating expanded opportunities for our newest family of products," said Pixelworks senior vice president Graham Loveridge in a prepared statement.

"The evolution in illumination engines and light source technology is migrating from traditional lamp-based light sources to LED and laser technologies, which will enable a lower cost of ownership as well as more compact and portable designs."

Pixelworks did not reveal any products that may include its new SoC.

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    master_chen , July 18, 2012 11:03 AM
    Just take my money already.
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    waxdart , July 18, 2012 11:25 AM
    master_chenJust take my money already.

    And make a 2538√ó1080 - 2.35:1 projector and take mine too.
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    annymmo , July 18, 2012 11:43 AM
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    to LED and laser technologies

    That's where we need to go with projectors. Increase efficiency and decrease wasted heat.

    More efficiency improvements coming up:
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    annymmo , July 18, 2012 11:44 AM
    http://phys.org/news/2012-07-physicists-efficiency-lc-projectors.html
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    drwho1 , July 18, 2012 11:51 AM
    "The evolution in illumination engines and light source technology is migrating from traditional lamp-based light sources to LED and laser technologies, which will enable a lower cost of ownership as well as more compact and portable designs."

    Right...
    But at what cost?
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    drwho1 , July 18, 2012 11:53 AM
    annymmohttp://phys.org/news/2012-07-physi [...] ctors.html


    very good article
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    freggo , July 18, 2012 1:28 PM
    Bit light on content/facts and not even a hint of the price range.
    Just wasted 60 seconds of my life :-)

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    master_chen , July 18, 2012 1:39 PM
    drwho1Right...But at what cost?


    THE CONSEQUENCES WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!!!
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    CaedenV , July 18, 2012 1:47 PM
    drwho1"The evolution in illumination engines and light source technology is migrating from traditional lamp-based light sources to LED and laser technologies, which will enable a lower cost of ownership as well as more compact and portable designs."Right...But at what cost?

    They have a higher up-front cost, but then the lamps typically will never need to be replaced, or else only replaced once over the life of the projector. From what I have read (I have yet to play with one yet) they give off better image quality, use much less power, and the break-even point on cost for a 6hr day (like a classroom) is ~2-3 years after you figure in the costs of bulbs. And that is only considering the cost of bulbs and power... it is stupidly expensive to get a janitor to break out a ladder and change a lightbulb.
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    marcusgarvey , July 18, 2012 8:06 PM
    I mean that is sexy but i'm really curious how they are going to argue that 3d is necessary as a features in a classroom setting. That is just going to increase mark-up. Besides enterprise I don't see how this is going to fly in the consumer market. It is going to be a high cost with a useless 3d features whereas your AAXA's Optomas and 3M's are going to market their mini projectors at a much more consumer friendly price. Let's hope Pixelworks doesnt fudge up the marketing
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    xtc28 , July 18, 2012 11:55 PM
    freggoBit light on content/facts and not even a hint of the price range.Just wasted 60 seconds of my life :-)

    IMO the only time you wasted was on your comment. Look now I wasted my time showing you, you're error.
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    draphius , July 19, 2012 12:50 AM
    annymmoThat's where we need to go with projectors. Increase efficiency and decrease wasted heat.More efficiency improvements coming up:

    are just use 3 projectors and use em in landscape mode :)  3600x1920 would be nice