The Report ‘2007 Laser Projection Systems’ Lists 85 Companies Involved in Various Aspects of the Laser Projection Industry

Research and Markets has announced the addition of 2007 Laser Projection Systems to their offering.

A study of the use of lasers as an illumination source for projection systems.

The Need:

Virtually all microdisplay-based projection systems built to date have used an HID lamp such as the UHP as a light source. While lasers have been proposed as replacements for the lamp as far back as 1966, cost and performance of these systems has rarely been satisfactory. Today only extreme high-end, high-price projectors use laser illumination. There is a need for an evaluation of lasers in terms of technology, price and performance, and comparison of these parameters to the existing and forecast markets for projection systems across a range of potential applications.

Report Objective:

The objective of this report is to supply technologists, managers, product planners, engineers and researchers with the information needed to evaluate laser technology in proposed projection displays. The required information needed to make these decisions include performance data, cost information and availability, forecasted from 2007-2012. Since the projection market includes segments that range from very low end to very high end, this report evaluates lasers from a few milliwatts to 5 watts and more of optical output per color. Separate Market Segment Analyses of nine different market segments focus on applying the cost and performance data of laser systems developed in the main report.


– Coverage of the use of lasers in displays, including both benefits and problems

– Optimized wavelengths and colorimetry of lasers to be used for projection displays

– A description of current solid-state laser technology for visible-light lasers from 1mW to 5W output and beyond (Expanded to include technologies not discussed in the 2006 Laser Report)

– A discussion, including examples, of the opto-mechanical design of solid state lasers

– Evaluation of projection systems that can use laser illumination, including flying spot scanners, 1-D arrays, such as the GLV or GEMS, and conventional microdisplays when used with laser illumination

– A technology forecast for solid-state lasers including changes in the technology that can be expected through 2012

– A forecast of the technology to be used in laser-based projection systems through 2012

– Price forecasts for lasers, as a function of output power, color and quantity per year. All price forecasts go through 2012. These prices are forecast based on the prices of existing lasers (Including a comparison to the prices forecast in the 2006 Laser Report)

– “Breakthrough” laser price forecasts through 2012. These prices are for low-cost lasers specifically designed for projection display applications (New in the 2007 Report)

– A discussion of how these breakthrough price forecasts may be achieved by laser manufacturers (Expanded and updated)

– A table containing information on 85 companies involved in lasers or laser projection

– Profiles of 12 laser manufacturers (Compared to 6 in 2006 Report)

– Profiles of 11 additional companies involved in laser projection (Compared to 10 in 2006 report)


Understanding how laser technology will evolve, how light is used in projection systems and the costs of future laser systems is a difficult task. To approach this, the author starts with a very thorough engineering analysis of the laser device technology, performance, performance trade offs and factors that affect pricing. This analysis is designing to model the price and performance evolution of red, green and blue lasers over a variety of power ranges. This analysis is developed by researching web, conference and our documentation, talking to and meeting with key players in the industry and attending conferences on related subjects. Analyses are validated as much as possible.

For the market segment analyses, we apply the price-performance models for laser-based systems to each market segment. This means understanding the value propositions these laser-based systems will create vs. incumbent or other anticipated products in the category. It means understanding the market segment business and competitive dynamics and how end-users might or might not adopt new technology. It means doing this evaluation today and over the 5-year forecast period. All of this is needed to develop a penetration forecast of laser-based projection systems in each market segment analysis.

The table in the report listing 85 companies involved in various aspects of the laser projection industry reflects the range of companies we talked with or researched.

Who Should Buy This Report:

– This report should be purchased by anyone considering a projection system based on laser illumination

– The report is of value to people planning research, development or products utilizing laser illumination

– Engineers and researchers involved in laser projection systems

– Investors looking for information to support due diligence

– Anyone interested in visible-light lasers up to 5W optical output.

About the Author

Matthew Brennesholtz has worked in the display field since receiving his Masters of Engineering degree from Cornell University in 1978. He has worked on direct view CRT systems and projection systems based on CRTs, oil-film light valves, DMDs, LCDs and LCoS. In addition to system level work, he was involved in the design and testing of optical components for these systems.

Key Topics Include:

1 Executive Summary

2 Solid-state RGB Laser Technology and its Application to Displays

3 Forecasts for Laser-Based Displays 1

4 Market Segment Forecasts

5 Conclusions

6 SWOT Analysis: Lasers vs. Competitive Technology

7 Appendix 1: Laser, Component and System Manufacturers

8 Appendix 2: Profiles for Selected Laser Manufacturers

9 Appendix 3: Profiles of Selected Laser System Companies

Table of Figures

List of Tables

Companies Mentioned:

– Arasor

– Coherent

– Collinear

– Corning

– Corporation for Laser Optics Research

– Epson

– Evans & Sutherland

– Fraunhofer Institute

– Jenoptik

– Kodak

– Light Blue Optics

– LightRush

– Microvision

– Mitsubishi

– Nichia

– nLight

– Novalux

– Oerlikon

– Osram Opto Semiconductor

– Principia Lightworks

– Rheinmetall

– Sony

– Young Optics

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