Seiko Epson Corporation recently announced that it had shipped its 100 millionth high-temperature polysilicon ("HTPS") TFT liquid crystal panel for 3LCD projectors, enough for more than 33.3 million projector units.
Epson began developing HTPS, the core devices at the heart of 3LCD projectors, in the 1980s and introduced its first 3LCD projector in 1989. Since then, shipments of Epson HTPS panels have grown in tandem with the projector market, reaching 50 million in 2008, and now, 25 years since the launch of the first 3LCD projector, achieving 100 million.
Applications for projectors have now expanded, for example, for business presentations in offices, for home theaters, for education, and for commerce. By continuing to develop products that fulfill the demands of these markets, Epson has maintained its position as the world's No.1 supplier of 3LCD projectors for 13 successive years.
“Thirteen consecutive years as the world’s no. 1 projector maker is a testament to Epson’s industry-leading technologies that give our projectors an undeniable edge over competition,” says Epson Philippines Corporation’s President/Country Manager, Toshimitsu Tanaka.
Epson will continue to expand and enhance its HTPS lineup with panels for 3LCD projectors that boast outstanding color brightness, natural images, and which are easy on the eyes.
Source: Surveys by Futuresource Consulting Ltd., 2001 - 2013 (unit volume of projectors of 500 lumens and above)