Originally Posted by Seegs108
TI makes basically no money from the home theater segment from it's DMDs. ... They aren't stagnant for no reason. The R&D costs to further the Dark Chip series DMDs most likely won't return on their investment. There's almost no incentive for the R&D because of this. Consumer grade projectors are so niche it's not even funny.
That makes sense, but rather than making tiny incremental improvements to the chip what if they made a reference design or paper for manufacturers in the HT segments to follow if they wanted to increase contrast through a second DMD or maybe some other inexpensive alternative that benefits TI while keeping prices competitive?
It won't pull it from the niche, but DLP already owns a big piece of the low end..what if they had a viable high-end (under $3000) that competes with LCoS AND required twice the DMD sales per unit? Increasing unit sales, doubling per unit sales, and doing it largely through awareness rather than expensive R&D. A new, advertiseable improvement using existing parts (and design, basically) to do the same thing as 4K; make consumers feel like they need to replace their old product with this one. The main pull being that it costs TI next to nothing.
They've already done it years ago and decided (back when DLP was the contrast leader and lumens were very low) that the slight light-loss wasn't worth a then unrequired CR improvement. Now that they're a low CR and high brightness tech, it makes more sense.
Having a simple paper out there (like their other reference papers on different DLP builds) should give manufacturers something to easily consider working from without the fear of an untested design.
If such a paper exists, I've NEVER seen it come up before while others are in abundance (including at least one silly build that I've never heard of being used..which means they've taken time to type up that waste while a two-chip in series build gets the short end of the stick and no time).
If someone manages to garage one of these for cheap, that's a good place to start and would be super exciting!