1080p DLP Hits the Shelves
Since there isn't any 1080p material currently available for the average or even above-average consumer to watch, processing circuitry is used to upscale the incoming video (1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i) and fool you into thinking you're watching true 1080p. Mitsubishi says their 1080p HDTV projectors will utilize an exclusive technology they call Plush1080p to upconvert all incoming signals. The company comments that "given its higher pixel density, even a super-sized 73-inch 1080p DLP HDTV can deliver a sharper picture than a 50-inch 720p model." (Buy your mother still won't let you sit as close to the TV as you want to.)
TI states that the 1080p DLP chip offers a variety of features that the various manufacturers who will soon be shipping 1080p HDTVs - such as Mitsubishi, Samsung, Toshiba, and LG - can adapt in their own technologically creative ways to produce the best image possible:
- A processing enhancement that works in conjunction with SmoothPicture technology to simultaneously provide sharp, yet smooth and seamless images.
- Enhances colors and contrast without impacting skin tones, allowing for more vibrant and lifelike color reproduction.
- A system level solution which provides dramatic increases in system contrast ratio and grayscale fidelity by as much as 4x, bringing greater detail to dark scenes and images and allowing customers to achieve contrast ratios well above 5000:1.
- A feature that includes architectural changes to the DLP chip resulting in a 20 - 40% improvement in contrast over DarkChip2.