During the recent Display Summit China 2016, eight-year old Compound Photonics has announced what it declares as the world's smallest native 4K imaging device, measuring only 14mm diagonally and featuring pixels smaller than 3µm.

Tim Anderson, the company's VP of product management in his Display Summit presentation, said "We are the company that has introduced RGB solid state laser based technology, making it possible to manufacture a 3,000 lumen lamp-less native 4K projector."

The use of RGB laser technology eliminates lamps, creates a huge new colour gamut to work with, and enables balancing the colour output of each colour channel to achieve a perfect white point. "What's more, said Anderson, the company has invested engineering resources to reduce the cost of RGB lasers and speckle."

"Projector customers around the world want to be able to project a huge image in full daylight and still have an outstanding image," Anderson said. "Our engineers have developed algorithms that use an expanded colour gamut made possible by RGB laser technology. These algorithms combat ambient light and dramatically improve colour contrast."

Anderson said that Compound Photonics offered capabilities ranging from tiny, bright, full HD laser light engines for mobile devices, an embedded 1080P projector that is less than two cubic centimetres in size, IR and Green lasers, head-up car displays, near-eye augmented reality, and gesture recognition. "Our corporate directory is a veritable 'who's who' of technology and includes veterans of IBM, InFocus, Epson, NEC, Philips, Pixelworks and Microsoft," he noted.