In June 1999, Texas Instruments partnered with Lucasfilm to premier the first fully digital release of a major motion picture. “Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace” was shown at two theaters with DLP Cinema™ projection technology. Subsequently, field trials
of DLP Cinema™ prototype projectors have been conducted in over 40 theaters in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan, with an audience of over 2.5 million. Results of these field trials are currently being incorporated into designs for volume production.Key to the performance of DLP
Cinema™ projection systems is the linearity and stability of the DMD. The DMD's method of accurate digital data display is described and in-theater measurement data is presented. The system stability and linearity are then utilized in the development of a color management methodology
for the distribution and playback of content. This paper provides an overview of DLP Cinema™ projection technology, with emphasis on color management and signal processing.