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93% Annual Growth in Mobile Pico Projectors Predicted Through 2015
May 2011

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 16, 2011 — Front projector market information expert Pacific Media Associates (PMA) has reported that first-quarter census of all front projectors shows worldwide shipments for the mobile, battery-powered ones grew to 235,000 units, compared with 109,000 in the year-earlier quarter, an increase of 116%.

PMA believes that the industry is on track to grow at an average rate of 93% per year through 2015, reaching more than 17.2 million units. If the rate continues for the following five years, the 2020 shipment would be more than 460 million, it said. The figures include both the stand-alone accessory products and the optical modules that are embedded in a range of battery-operated gadgets, including smart phones, digital cameras, camcorders, notebook computers and tablets.

“People are increasingly mobile today, and their desire to carry pocket-size gadgets but look at big pictures can only be met by some form of pico projector technology,” said Dr. William Coggshall, president of PMA. “Many companies are currently making components, optical engine modules and complete projectors, using combinations of imager chip technologies such as DLP, LCOS and MOEMS scanners, with illumination system technologies such as lasers and LEDs.”

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