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Lamp shortages could stunt microdisplay growth, says report

Posted: 30 Sep 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:uhp-type lamps? microdisplay? tv? insight media?

Ongoing shortages of UHP-type lamps for projection products are not likely to ease even if lamp manufacturers increase production capacity, according to a report by market research firm Insight Media.

Such shortages could become a stumbling block for makers of business and consumer front projectors as well as for suppliers of microdisplay-based rear projection TVs as those products grow in popularity.

The report noted the lamp industry is on track to produce 15 million UHP lamps by 2007, compared to 5 million in 2003. However, the report's baseline demand forecast calls for 25 million lamps by 2007, thus likely meaning continuing shortages.

"Unless something changes, the rosy growth forecast for projection systems will come under pressure due to limited availability of lamps to power them," said Chris Chinnock, analyst and president of Insight Media. "Our report indicates a much larger demand for lamps than most are forecasting, particularly for replacement lamps."

The fledgling microdisplay TV sector, for instance, is expected to see unit shipments to grow at a 63 percent compound annual growth rate through 2008, when microdisplay-based units are projected to comprise 75 percent of the 7.1 million rear-projection TVs shipped, Insight Media reported.

The lamp shortage could put a wrench into some startup microdisplay ventures. For instance, up to four companies have efforts underway to develop micromirror displays competing with Texas Instruments' DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology for microdisplays.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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