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Microvision announced it has received a $1.9 million purchase order for key components from Sony. Microvision's components will be used in Sony's HD display module.
This order follows previous orders worth almost $1.9 million, announced in September 2014. Shipments of components from the September order are ongoing, and this new order will be fulfilled in the first half of 2015. In October 2014, Microvision also signed a $1.5 million support services contract with Sony.
Last month TI announced that their 0.3" 720p TRP DLP pico chipset is now in mass production, and today TI announced a new chipset, the DLP4710 that supports Full-HD (1080p) in a 0.47" TRP panel.
This is a great achievement by TI. The DLP4710 is already sampling, and it means that in the near future (probably within a year or two) we can expect Full-HD pico projectors. In fact TI says that the chipset will be available in early 2015 in high-volume quantities.
Here's our monthly best-selling pico-projectors list for the beginning of December 2014. We're using data from Amazon.com, which seems to be selling the most wide range of pico projectors. This list does not include embedded modules in mobile phones or cameras.
Yes - this month Amazon only lists 6 pico projectors in the top 100 projectors. I guess this was another low month for pico projector sales, not a good sign for this market.
In February 2014, Texas Instruments unveiled a new 0.3" 720p Tilt & Roll Pixel (TRP) DLP pico chipset. This chipset can be used in pico projectors and wearable displays, augmented reality displays and other applications. Today TI announced that the chip is now available, which means that we can probably expect 720p DLP pico projectors to arrive in 2015.
The new DLP chipset consists of a DLP3010 digital micromirror device (DMD), a DLPC3433/DLPC3438 display controller and a DLPA2005 LED driver for power management. TI also launched a new evaluation module, which they call the DLP LightCrafter Display 3010.
Microvision reported their financial results for Q3 2014. Revenues were $968,000 (up slightly from $964,000 in Q3 2013), and the net loss was $3.4 million (down from $3.7 million a year ago). Cash used in operations was $3.2 million, and Microvision currently has $10.9 million in cash and cash equivalents.
As of the end of the quarter, the company's backlog was $2.1 million - which is mostly from components orders by Sony announced in September 2014. The backlog does not include the $1.5 million in Sony's support services announced in October 2014.
Here's our monthly best-selling pico-projectors list for the beginning of November 2014. We're using data from Amazon.com, which seems to be selling the most wide range of pico projectors. This list does not include embedded modules in mobile phones or cameras.
Yes - this month Amazon only lists 8 pico projectors in the top 100 projectors. I guess this was another low month for pico projector sales.
Microvision entered into a display module support services agreement with Sony valued at $1.5 million. Sony recently bought components from Microvision worth almost $1.9 million for its HD projection module, and are now starting to focus on commercialization activities - including production readiness, initial production and market launch.
Sony aims to bring the display module to market for use in pico projectors and other devices (i.e. embedded projectors). Microvision also hopes to introduce a display engine for an innovative smartphone product in the second half of 2015 (this is for an unknown Fortune Global 500 electronics company).