STMicroelectronics partners bTendo to develop the world's smallest pico projector for smart phones

February 11, 2011 // By Paul Buckley
STMicroelectronics partners bTendo to develop the world's smallest pico projector for smart phones
STMicroelectronics and bTendo Ltd. have signed a development and license agreement to jointly develop the world’s smallest Pico Projector for smart phones and other portable consumer-electronics devices. The solution is based on bTendo’s innovative Scanning Laser Projection engine technology and ST’s leading MEMS (Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems) expertise, video processing know-how and semiconductor process technology.

Adding projection capabilities into advanced smart phones will enable users to easily share their media with others – any place, on any surface, at any time.

Less than 2.5cm 3 in volume and below 6-mm high, the jointly developed embedded projector solution will offer a focus free, vivid color, sharp and crisp image, superior to current pico projection solutions. Implementing two MEMS-based micro-mirror-actuation devices within the system’s optical engine, and an advanced video-processing chip, the world’s smallest projection engine is optimized for smart phones, offering low power consumption and built-in support for MIPI (Mobile Industry Processor Interface) to ensure swift and easy integration.

“People want to share their media with others and enjoy the option of expanding their display even for their own personal viewing,” said Benedetto Vigna, Group Vice President and General Manager, MEMS, Sensor and High-Performance Analog Division, STMicroelectronics. “ST selected bTendo’s technology due to its small size, low power and focus-free features, which are all critical for embedded projection modules. ST has a long history in the development of innovative technologies and this joint cooperation will further extend our MEMS sensor expertise, while also complementing and reinforcing our leadership in MEMS gyroscopes and accelerometers for advanced user interfaces.’

A demo of the technology will be shown at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain,  Feb 14-17, 2011 on the STMicroelectronics stand (7A106).

For further information: www.st.com.

Visit bTendo at www.btendo.com


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