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3M, Himax to co-develop mobile projectors

Posted: 08 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LCOS mobile projectors? consumer electronics? microdisplay?

3M and Himax Technologies Inc. have entered an alliance to commercialize LCoS mobile projectors by combining their proprietary technologies to deliver a complete mobile projection solution to consumer electronics manufacturers.

Both 3M and Himax will offer a mobile projection total solution with the prerequisite size, efficiency, image quality and affordability for integration into different consumer mobile devices. 3M developed, and is providing, a miniature LED projection engine that incorporates the single-panel color filter type LCOS module of Himax Display Inc., a subsidiary of Himax. Moreover, Himax provides a complete set of driving circuit and related electronics.

"We believe that embedding projectors into mobile devices is the future, and we are pleased to announce our alliance with Himax. Himax provides a unique color filter LCOS that, when coupled with 3M's proprietary optics, delivers excellent image quality in an ultracompact package," said Mike Kelly, executive VP, 3M Display and graphics business.

Adds Jordan Wu, president and CEO of Himax, "We are excited to announce our relationship with 3M, which we believe will help expedite time-to-market for customers using our combined technologies. Himax's proprietary single-panel color filter type LCOS panel, coupled with 3M's unique optical technology, enables the best mobile projector solution. We expect to see the solution adopted by numerous customers in applications such as mobile phones, digital cameras and portable multimedia players."

3M is demonstrating the complete mobile projection system, including the Himax LCOS microdisplay and related electronics, in the Advanced Display Technologies Zone at this week's Consumer Electronics Show.




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