Intersil claims it has released the world’s “smallest and lowest cost LED-based LCoS Pico projector system solution" – the Pico-qHD.

According to the company, the projector has been developed for low power and cost-sensitive embedded or accessory pico projector applications. The device includes a fully integrated reference design which incorporates a high volume production optical engine, hardware, firmware and customisable design files.

The projector uses Micron's E330 compact 5.5 cubic cm qHD optical engine, meaning that it can easily be integrated with other applications, including Micron's recently announced portable PoP Video pico projector mobile device accessory.

A statement from Intersil said, “Built on an inexpensive 1.7 inch by 2 inch PCB, the Pico-qHD is designed to meet the low manufacturing cost requirements of consumer applications such as digital cameras, smartphones, tablets, video players and other handheld products.”

The platform is based on Intersil's new ISL97901, a fully-integrated buck/boost RGGB LED driver, customised for pico projector display applications. Intersil claims that the ISL97901 provides industry-leading overall power efficiency, the smallest solution footprint and the ability to drive RGB, RGGB LEDs. The ISL97901 is also said to maintain the highest image quality with precise current control.

Figures from Pacific Media Associates predict that pico projector sales will hit 58 million units per year by 2015.