Imax Corporation and electronics giant Texas Instruments (TI) have entered an agreement which will see the large-format entertainment company develop, manufacture and market projectors based on TI's (Digital Light Processing) DLP Cinema projection technology for large-format IMAX theatres.
Texas previously licensed the technology to Imax-owned Digital Projection (UK) for standard (35mm) format cinema. Christie Systems and Barco have also been licensed to use DLP. Imax will be the exclusive licensee for large-format venues.
To date, DLP Cinema technology has been screened to more than 750,000 movie-goers in North America, Europe and Japan, including showings of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Tarzan, Toy Story 2 and most recently Dinosaur, which opened on ten all-digital screens in the US. By the end of this year, TI expects to have 40 DLP Cinema screens operating worldwide.