nHD DLP Pico: Pico Projectos Shrink to Phone-Worthy Sizes

If you've seen one of those tiny pico projectors, chances are, Texas Instruments' DLP tech is inside. And their latest version, the mHD DLP Pico, may be the first to squeeze into a cellphone that's not humiliating to use.

The new, low power chipset drives an optical module that's 20% thinner and 50% smaller than TI's last pico projector, which was notably 20% thinner than its predecessor.

Resolution has taken a hit in this smaller form factor, dropping from DVD quality to 640x360. But the system claims a 1000:1 contrast ratio (that's LCD monitor territory) and a wider color gamut thanks to RGB LEDs. Of course, brightness will probably still be the chief issue.

TI's latest pico hardware is planned for production starting in Q2 of this year, and I wouldn't be surprised if it popped up in some handset at MWC this week. [SlashGear]