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Dr. Larry Hornbeck Inducted into National Academy of Engineering


Texas Instruments Fellow Renowned For Invention of the DMD

DALLAS .- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today congratulates TI Fellow, Dr. Larry Hornbeck, on his induction into the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Hornbeck is distinguished for the invention and development of the Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) and its application to projection display technology. The DMD is an optical semiconductor that is at the core of TI’s DLP® technology for digital projection systems. This month is the 20th anniversary of the first working DMD model.

“Induction into the NAE is an honor acknowledging those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering, including pioneers of new and developing fields of technology,” said Charles Vest, president of the NAE. “Dr. Hornbeck joins an honorable list of innovators, a number of whom were early Texas Instruments fellows. Larry’s commitment to research and DMD technology development is an inspiring example of the innovation that continues to move the engineering profession forward.”

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, recognizing important contributions to engineering theory and practice. Dr. Hornbeck was among 64 new members and nine foreign associates inducted in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. He joins a distinguished group of 16 TI innovators who previously achieved this highly regarded honor, dating back to 1965 and including Nobel prize winner Jack Kilby who was inducted in 1967 for inventing the integrated circuit.

“Throughout his career, Larry’s vision and technical contributions have shaped the digital experience in many new and exciting ways,” said Tom Engibous, chairman of Texas Instruments and NAE member since 2003. “Through his efforts to advance DMD technology, Larry has benefited both TI and the entire electronics industry, and I congratulate him on this esteemed honor.”

A TI Fellow, Dr. Hornbeck’s career at TI spans over 34 years. In 1987, he invented the DMD, and since that time the technology has revolutionized projection displays due to its all-digital, source-to-eye projection. Thanks to its small size, high brightness and exceptional image fidelity, stability and reliability, many of the world’s top display manufacturers market projectors and big-screen TVs based on the DMD microchip for conference rooms, home entertainment, large venues and digital cinema.

In addition to his NAE membership, Dr. Hornbeck is also an IEEE Fellow and International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Fellow. He has received numerous awards, including an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the David Sarnoff Medal Award from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineer. Other prestigious recognitions Hornbeck will soon receive this year for his DMD invention include the Royal Photographic Society Progress Medal and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics. He has served as author or co-author of 38 publications, and holds 33 U.S. patents.

Dr. Hornbeck holds a doctorate in solid state physics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.


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