Sony picoprojector teardown shows ST, Microvision inside

Sony picoprojector teardown shows ST, Microvision inside

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The picoprojector measures 6-inch by 3-inch and is 0.5-inch thick (145mm by 77mm by 13mm), weighs 210 grams and provides a 1920 by 720 pixel full color display, Chipworks reports. The 32 lumen brightness level is good for producing a 40-inch display in a darkened room, Chipworks asserts.

Top side of laser projection subsystem: Source: Chipworks.

The project subsystem is labeled Microvision Inc. with the MEMS die on the underside marked ST. Chipworks reports the MEMS die itself as measuring 4.5mm by 7.3mm with the dual-axis mirror measuring 1.1mm by 1.2mm.

Next: The MEMS

Chipworks describes the MEMS as a "sophisticated" design although its use for laser beam steering is just one way to produce a projection display. Chipworks name the other methods include liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS), digital light processing (DLP) and holographic laser projection (HLP).

Both sides of the dual-axis MEMS showing electrical coil on front side. Source: Chipworks.

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Chipworks Teardown article

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