FPGAs pave the way for consumer-targeted PICO projectors

by Niladri Roy, Lattice Semiconductor , TechOnline India - November 16, 2010

A new type of portable video projector that can fit in the palm of the hand is rapidly growing in popularity with business professionals. These small devices, commonly called Pico Projectors, use new projection technologies to display still or moving images on any convenient flat surface.

A new type of portable video projector that can fit in the palm of the hand is rapidly growing in popularity with business professionals. These small devices, commonly called Pico Projectors, use new projection technologies to display still or moving images on any convenient flat surface.

They are a popular alternative to mobile phone, digital camera, and PDA LCD screens, which can be difficult to use with multiple viewers. With a Pico Projector, a business presentation, short video, or just pictures of the family can be shared easily with an audience.

An example of a Pico Projector being used to display pictures of real estate properties to a client is shown in Figure 1.

At the time of this writing, Pico Projectors are still expensive enough to be most popular with businesses. As prices start to fall, however, a host of consumer applications will emerge, and Pico Projectors will become a pervasive display technology for convenient, medium resolution image display. FPGA devices are uniquely capable of enabling the transition from costly business-oriented devices to more cost sensitive consumer products.

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