STMicro wants to bring pico-projectors to mass market smartphones next year
You’ve probably heard of Samsung’s Galaxy Beam Android smartphone, which has a built-in pico-projector. Well, many more handsets like that could be introduced soon, thanks to STMicroelectronics. The Swiss-based company has announced it acquired “the intellectual property and has hired most of the staff” of bTendo – an Israeli start-up that’s been collaborating with ST for a couple of years now.
ST will combine bTendo’s Scanning Laser Projection engine with its own technologies and know-how to bring pico-projectors to more smartphones, as well as laptops and other devices. bTendo can make projection engines fit “in a module smaller than 1.7 cubic centimeters, and less than 5mm high” – thus making them perfect for ultra-slim smartphones.
ST has already sent samples of their new pico-projectors to potential customers. According to EE Times, we should start seeing smartphones using them as soon as next year (2013).
The Samsung Galaxy Beam (pictured above) features an ST-Ericsson dual-core processor, and, although I haven’t seen this specified anywhere, its pico-projector technology is probably related to ST as well.
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