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Himax unveils USB 3.0 pico-projector solution

Posted: 20 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:USB 3.0? pico-projector? SVGA? microdisplays?

Himax Technologies Inc has announced the launch of its unique USB 3.0 pico-projector solution. Th e device combines SVGA (800x600) high-resolution LCOS microdisplays from Himax Display with a USB 3.0 chip (ET12U320A) from Evolution Technology Corporation. The unit may be powered through devices such as desktops or laptops via their USB ports, without the need for an additional external power supply. The solution enables a smooth real-time video viewing experience on the go.

Because of the increasing popularity of video sharing sites, high speed data transfer rates are a feature that customers demand and fully expect. By the incorporation of USB 3.0, Himax LCOS solution is able to deliver video at a data transfer rate which is 10 times faster than the prevalent USB 2.0 platform and brings a more enriching video viewing experience to pico-projector users. One of the bottlenecks of USB 2.0 was support of video resolution only up to VGA (640x480) resolution due to the limited data-transfer bandwidth. With USB 2.0, higher-resolution videos were simply impossible without resulting in delays and skipping during playback. However, the USB 3.0 interface provides a higher bandwidth which facilitates higher-resolution videos playing in a seamless real time environment while still maintaining compatibility with USB enabled devices currently on the market. Himax Display offers a series of high-resolution LCOS microdisplays now with support up to SVGA resolution and plans to develop products up to Full HD (1920x1080) resolution in the future.

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