After years of being stuck in test market mode, waiting for innovation that's more financial than technological, widespread deployment of digital cinema in movie theaters finally appears to be at hand, thanks to some new alliances involving Christie and Barco, makers of the big-venue DLP projectors, a movie distributor, and Kodak. (See A clearer picture for digital cinema) and Kodak deal advances digital cinema.)
Image sensors lead this week's top products, with Samsung's announcement that their new 5-Mpixel CMOS image sensor, boasting improved fill factor, is 30-percent smaller than other 5-Mpixel models (see Samsung sampling 5Mpixel CMOS image sensors).
Behind every great looking LCD screen there's a driver circuit, and this week our how-to section features a guide to building your own custom LCD driver board (it's from a company that says you're better off letting them handle the job, however -- see Designing a custom LCD display controller). On a related note, Analog Devices' introduced new 12-bit LCD driver ICs intended for high resolution microdisplay applications, such as rear projection television (see 12-bit driver ICs power LCD microdisplay projectors).
Also, check out power management tips for portable products (and previously Know your trade-offs), and the third installment of Intersil's story on their new transmit/receive system for sending video hundreds of feet using inexpensive CAT5 cable.