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Transforming your smartphone into a pico projector

Nurdianah Md Nur | July 16, 2013
The micromirror technology, to be jointly developed by A*STAR IME and OPUS Microsystems, will enable photos and videos from your smartphone to be projected onto any surface.

Singapore's A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and OPUS Microsystems Corporation — a Taiwan-based company specialising in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) scanning mirror devices — have collaborated to refine and develop a MEMS scanning mirror for smartphone applications.

With MEMS scanning mirror, also known as micromirror technology, smartphone users will be able to project photos and videos on any surface without any constraints on the viewing screen size on their mobile device.

MEMS scanning mirror

MEMS scanning mirror, or micromirror technology, is used in high-definition televisions and digital cinemas to produce high video and image quality. Given the market demand for such visual experience in mobile devices, this collaboration will see the development of slimmer and smaller MEMS micromirror that offers a compact pico-projector solution for smartphone users.

IME will lead the process design and development while OPUS Microsytems will contribute in the design of the scanning mirror.

This collaboration marks OPUS Microsystems' first research partnership and project in Singapore.

Andrew Hung, president of OPUS Microsystems, said that given IME's vast experience in MEMS, he is "confident that the alliance will bear results which will meet its desired device requirements".


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