TI DLP chipset ‘revolutionizes’ automotive headlight systems

TI DLP chipset ‘revolutionizes’ automotive headlight systems

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By Rich Pell

Enabling automakers and Tier-1 suppliers to enhance driver visibility and communication, the new DLP5531-Q1 chipset, says the company, is the only offering on the market that combines full programmability and the highest resolution. Offering more than one million addressable pixels per headlight, the product exceeds the resolution of existing adaptive driving beam (ADB) technologies by more than 10,000 times.

The new programmable ADB solution is designed to enable headlight systems that maximize brightness for drivers on the road while minimizing the glare to oncoming traffic or reflections from retroreflective traffic signs. It works with any light source – including LED and laser illumination – and offers engineers a way to more precisely control light distribution on the road with customizable beam patterns.

In addition, says the company, the flexibility of DLP technology lets automakers and Tier-1 suppliers create headlight systems that pair with programmable software and smaller optics to increase performance without sacrificing style. Using this solution, system engineers also have the capability to partially or fully dim individual pixels, paving the way for headlight systems that let drivers keep their high beams on while operating their vehicle in all conditions without impacting other drivers.

DLP technology for high-resolution headlight systems also enables headlight systems to be used as a new communication channel by projecting relevant information on the road. On-road light projection can enhance communication between drivers, pedestrians, and other vehicles, and provide customers with a way to address future communication requirements needed for autonomous and self-driving vehicle systems.

TI lead customers are currently sampling and designing with the DLP5531-Q1 chipset. It will become more broadly available in 2H of 2018, the company says.

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