Texas Instruments DLP

DLP® LightCrafter™

DLP® LightCrafter™ is a compact evaluation module for integrating projected light into industrial, medical, and scientific applications. This DLP-based platform enables faster development cycles for end equipments requiring small form factor, lower cost and intelligent, high-speed pattern display. DLP LightCrafter features the 0.3 WVGA chipset, provides a variety of embedded functionality such as: structured light pattern projection, intelligent lighting, wavelength selection and portable display.

Developers can easily create, store, and display high-speed pattern sequences through DLP LightCrafter's USB-based application programming interface (API) and easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI). The module also features the powerful TMS320DM365 digital media processor based on DaVinci technology from Texas Instruments. With an ARM9 DSP core, DLP LightCrafter's DM365 runs a Linux operating system to give users the ability to develop a complete embedded system around the 0.3 WVGA chipset. A configurable input/output trigger allows for convenient synchronization with cameras, sensors, or other peripheral devices.

The DLP LightCrafter includes an RGB LED light engine developed and manufactured by Young Optics International. Designed specifically for the DLP3000 DMD, this light engine produces bright, wide aspect ratio patterns well-suited for use in a variety of ambient light environments. For applications where even higher brightness is required, active cooling and thermal management systems can be added to enable light out in excess of 50 lumens.


  • RGB LED light engine with 20L light output
  • High speed patterns using the native DLP3000 resolution (608 x 684)
  • Up to 4000 Hz binary pattern rate
  • Up to 120 Hz 8-bit grayscale pattern rate
  • Display images or video up to WVGA resolution (854 x 480)
  • Configurable I/O trigger for synchronizing with cameras, sensors, etc
  • DM365 embedded processor running embedded Linux
  • 128MB NAND flash memory for pattern and sequence storage
  • USB, Mini HDMI, UART interfaces
  • USB-based API and host GUI
  • Compact size: 117mm x 65mm x 23mm

Included with DLP LightCrafter Development Module:

  • DLP 0.3 WVGA chipset
  • RGB LED light engine
  • DMD controller board
  • Processor and interface board
  • Embedded Linux OS

Cables and power supply sold separately.

Power Supply: T1212-P12P-ND

Additional Information/Links:

Pico Projector 2.0

Note: The DLP® Pico™ Development Kit V2 has been discontinued.

The DLP® Pico™ Projector Development Kit Version 2.0: A way to incorporate embedded video, portable projection and structured light into your products.

The development kit uses the DLP 0.17 HVGA Chipset available from TI. This Chipset is a miniaturized version of the popular DLP technology found in today’s best projectors on the market. Using microscopic mirrors, TI’s DLP1700 is a digitally controlled spatial light modulator (SLM) able to create binary light patterns with speed, precision, and efficiency for a multitude of light processing applications.

Utilizing an efficient design with ultra-low power consumption, coupled with the robust DLP1700, you can expedite development and add projection or spatial light modulation into a vast array of products.

The Development Kit for the DLP Pico Projector includes:

  • DLP Pico projection device
  • Power supply cable (operates from 110V – 220V)
  • Video cable with I2C capability
  • HDMI to DVI adapter
Pico Projector & Beagleboard

Connect the Pico Projector 2.0 to anything with a DVI PORT

Featuring an efficient design with ultralow power consumption, coupled with the robust DLP Pico Chip, you can add projection to a vast array of products.

Reliability is the key to success.

With nearly 20 million DLP subsystems shipped over the last 10 years, DLP products offer incredible reliability and proven performance. With unmatched switching speed measured in mere microseconds, DLP technology is more than 1,000 times faster than any other imaging technology. This makes it suitable for a wide range of applications from imaging to structured lighting and more. The robust DLP chipset is the cornerstone for successful new innovations and is paving the way to the next generation of projection implementation.

Applications start with imagination.

The DLP Pico Projector Development Kit enables solutions for portable displays, embedded video and high speed, synchronized structured light patterns. Perhaps the best application for the DLP 0.17 HVGA Chipset is yet unrealized. That’s the real value of this innovative development kit. It gives you the power to step outside of the expected to deliver something entirely new.

Take the next step to projection innovation. To learn more about how you can get started with the DLP Pico Projector Development Kit, visit www.ti.com/mems or https://community.ti.com.

Features and Benefits

  • Direct Connection to a PC *New*
    • Connects to a DVI port for out-of-box operation
  • Sync Signal Output *New*
    • Connects to a sensor (e.g. camera) to enable structured lighting applications
  • Selectable DMD Pattern Timing *New*
    • Enables 50Hz, 60Hz video frame rates & 120Hz, 180Hz, 240Hz, 480Hz, 1200Hz, 1440Hz, 2400Hz DMD pattern rates
  • Auxiliary Connector *New*
    • Provides direct and easy access to the I2C bus
  • Standard Type C HDMI connector *New*
    • Pico Projector now uses a standard HDMI pin out
  • DVI-D Interface to Beagle Board & other EVMs
    • Expedites development
  • Dimensions: 44.8 x 67.4 x 14.2 mm3
    • Miniature form factor integrates into practically any device

Technical specifications:

  • DLP1700 Resolution: 0.17-Inch HVGA
  • Brightness: 10 lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Light Source: Solid-state 3 LED
  • Video Input: DVI-D RGB888,
    VGA 50Hz or 60Hz
  • Dimensions: 44.8 x 67.4 x 14.2 mm3

Interfaces with Beagle Board to expedite development:

Connects to other DVI-D signal sources as well.

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