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IFSA Newsletter (ISSN 1726-6017), No.4, April 2007
In this Issue:
1. Sensors & Transducers Journal, No.4, April 2007
2. Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs
3. Recently Published Sensors Books
4. New Report on MOEMS
5. IFSA sponsored events: Force Tracking 2007
6. Subscriber services
7. Additional Information, Comments, Suggestions
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New Published Sensors Books
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New Yole's Report on MOEMS
Micro-mirrors applications are attracting new comers. Although the MOEMS market is still dominated by Texas Instruments’ DLP, new challengers are coming: Microvision, Stanley Electric, Matsushita, and Philips … These players are today all targeting portable consumer applications.
For example, during 2007 CTIA Wireless convention, Texas Instruments demonstrated a prototype of a DLP(R) pico-projector small enough to fit in cellular phones, digital cameras and portable media players. The DLP pico-prototype further advances TI's mobile projection technology, building on the 2006 introduction of DLP-based pocket projectors. This announcement could really boost the developments for a cost-effective, high luminance optical engine for portable electronics for the TI’s competitors !
Microvison and Symbol have already announced serial production of micro-mirrors for pico-projector for 2008 as stand alone device first. In 2010, pico-projector could be integrated into cell phones. We forecast that pico-projector market could grow to more than 1M units by 2010.
The development of an optical engine requires an engineering approach. Thus, collaborations are being set up between MEMS companies and LEDs/LDs manufacturers: Novalux, Osram, Luminus, Light Blue Optics … have already announced the developments of lighting source for portable applications.
DLP RPTVs are another application for solid-state lighting sources. LEDs can be used as light source as they have longer lifetime than UHP, more saturated colors, quick switching time, no color wheel is necessary and they produce less heat. Thinner TV can also be manufactured with LEDs but laser diodes are competing with LEDs for this application.
The years to come will then be crucial in terms of technical developments to achieve an optical engine for TVs and portable electronics. There are technical issues still to be solved: cost (FPDs are extremely price sensitive and LEDs must compete with lamps on price, not just performance), performance (projectors require very high lumens/mm˛), availability for green LEDs, safety (laser) … Using µmirror and LEDs brings further system integration. But there are open issues:
As US and coalition force levels increase in theatres around the globe, closing the gaps in communication networks is increasingly becoming a top priority.
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