LCOS Volume Production

Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) has been a projection system with a lot of hype. With much purer representation of images and videos that is smoother than DLP's harsh edges, many have been waiting for affordable LCoS-based rear-projection TVs (RPTVs). Maybe the wait is over, but don't hold your breath.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) based in China and Aurora Systems based in the US have announced that Aurora's LCoS chips have begun mass production at SMIC. This is good news. Finally, affordable LCoS TVs in the future. Of course, Syntax already provides quite affordable LCoS TVs, but I'm not sure if I would want to purchase a Syntax-branded TV to put in my living room. Aurora's LCoS chip has two varieties: 1920*1080 and 1280*720. It is claimed by Aurora that several CE brands have already incorporated their chips in LCoS RPTVs. Aurora has been engaging with SMIC since early 2005 according to Aurora's CEO Poking Li. Source:

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