Texas Instruments (TI) has recently unveiled its new-generation Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology automotive chipsets for high-resolution headlight systems, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018. The DLP5531-Q1 chipset for high-resolution headlight systems enables OEMs and Tier-I suppliers to be able to enhance driver visibility and communication, the company noted. The new DLP chipset is claimed to be the only offering in the market that combines full programmability and the highest resolution over one million addressable pixels per headlight. It exceeds the resolution of existing adaptive driving beam (ADB) technologies by more than 10,000 times, TI said.
Automakers and Tier-I suppliers can use this new programmable ADB solution to design headlight systems that maximise brightness for drivers, while minimising glare to oncoming traffic or reflections from traffic signs. TI said this new DLP technology works with any light source, including LED and laser illumination, giving engineers a way to control light distribution on the road more precisely with customisable beam patterns.
TI explained that the flexibility of DLP technology enables companies to create headlight systems that pair with programmable software and smaller optics to increase performance without sacrificing style. System engineers also have the capability to dim individual pixels partially or fully using this solution, the company said. This paves the way for the creation of headlight systems that allow drivers to keep their high beams on while driving in all conditions without impacting other drivers.
DLP technology also enables OEMs and component suppliers to transform headlight systems into a new communication channel by projecting relevant information on the road, NI said. This on-road light projection can enhance communication between drivers, pedestrians and other vehicles, it added. The company also said that it provides customers with a way to address future communication requirements needed for autonomous and self-driving vehicle systems.