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Rather odd comments mark...
TI's market capitalization and stock price is approximately 3X's that of Sony.
TI and DMD chip development seem to be alive and well. The "flipping mirrors chip" has a fan base that includes 3D optical metrology, medical & life sciences, optical networking, spectroscopy, and digital exposure. In other words, the DMD technology is not limited to DLP projection.
I agree that DLP projection for high end home theater has slowed, but I think this as much a function of market opportunity as anything else. $3000.00 to $5000.00 will get you a respectable DLP home theater projector today and there have been numerious, well under $3000.00, small DMD based projectors brought to market this year. For my money DLP produces the best 3D home theater experience if you're into 3D. We need more companies like SIM2 that are pushing the DMD DLP technology limits and bringing more competivite priceing for products like SIM2's Lumis.
True, the other technology has better black levels, but for me the small difference is a very small trade off for DLP picture shapness and not having to worry about banding, motion lag, and uniformity issues.
This application report dated July 2010 from TI seems to imply that there are improvements that can be had via light engine design, materials used, tolerance, and the use of LED or laser light source technology; not just the DMD chip.