INFOGRAPHIC: From brilliant idea to the Oscar®


TI AvatarToday is the final day of CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and what a week it has been. This is the fifth year of the annual event celebrating the movie going experience, and what would that experience be like without the TI DLP Cinema® chip invention?

DLP Cinema chips are used in more than 118,000 theatres worldwide, but it has humble beginnings as a research project at TI in 1977. Ten years later, Dr. Larry Hornbeck, who started his career as an engineer at TI, invented the digital micromirror device (DMD) that became the basis of the DLP Cinema chip. Ten years after that, in 1997, the first prototype projector based on DLP technology was demonstrated in Hollywood.

From there, DLP technology spread across the globe, used in more than eight out of 10 movie theatres and other industries including industrial, automotive, medical and personal electronics.  

In honor of Larry’s Oscar® win, and CinemaCon coming to a close today, we wanted to take a look back at the path from a TI engineer in our Central Research Laboratories to the DMD invention to the Oscar®. Larry collaborated on a team that also recently received recognition by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their contributions to the DMD chip, including Reiner Doetzkies, Steven Krycho and Greg Pettitt.

While we are proud of the recognition, we also want to hear from you! What other engineers do you look up to who have won major awards? Comment below the infographic.