DLP® NIRscan™ Nano Evaluation Module

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About This RoadTest

Spectroscopy is a powerful technique for recognizing and characterizing physical materials through the variations in absorption or emission of different wavelengths of light by a sample. Spectrometers measure the variation of light absorption of materials. The DLP® NIRscan Nano™ EVM is a complete evaluation module to design a high performance, affordable near-infrared portable spectrometer.


This flexible tool contains everything a designer needs to start developing a DLP-based spectrometer right out of the box. DLP technology enables handheld spectral analyzers for use in the food, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, medical, security, and other emerging industries to deliver lab performance levels in the field. The EVM contains the DLP2010NIR digital micromirror device, DLPC150 digital controller, and DLPA2005 integrated power management components. This technology brings together a set of components providing an efficient and compelling spectroscopy system solution for:


  • Portable process analyzers
  • Ultra-mobile spectrometer


DLP based spectrometers replace the traditional linear array detector with a DMD for wavelength selection and a single point detector. By sequentially scanning through the columns (turning on specific columns of pixels) of the DMD, a particular wavelength of light is directed to the detector and captured.





DLP technology in Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy provides the following advantages:


  • Higher performance through the use of a larger single point 1-mm detector in comparison to a linear
  • array with very small pixels.
  • Lower cost system through the use of single element detectors and low cost optics. The high resolution
  • DMD allows custom patterns to compensate for the optical distortion of each individual system.
  • Greater signal captured not only because of the larger entendue of the DMD compared to traditional
  • technologies, but also through the use of fast, flexible, and programmable patterns and spectral filters.
  • With programmable patterns, a DLP spectrometer can (1):
  • Vary the intensity of light to the detector by controlling the number of pixels in a column.
  • Vary the resolution of the system by controlling the width of the columns.
  • Use a set of Hadamard patterns that capture multiple wavelengths of light per pattern. Individual
  • wavelengths are then retrieved through a decoding procedure. Each pattern turns on 50% of the
  • DMD pixel at a time, directing much greater signal into the detector than the column scan
  • Use custom spectral filters to select specific wavelengths of interest


The DLP® NIRscan™ Nano EVM is a third-party implementation of the next generation DLP reference design to enable faster development cycles for mobile spectrometer applications.



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Technical Description

The DLPNIRNANOEVM is a DLP NIRscan Nano evaluation module. It is a third party implementation of next generation DLP reference design to enable faster development cycles for mobile spectrometer applications.


The DLP NIRscan Nano is a compact battery operated evaluation module (EVM) for portable near infrared spectroscopy solutions. Featuring the DLP2010NIR digital micro mirror device (DMD), the NIRscan Nano supports Bluetooth low energy to enable mobile lab measurements for hand-held spectrometers.


The EVM incorporates the DLP2010NIR DMD, a diffraction grating and single element detector to replace expensive InGaAs linear array based detector designs. With its TI Tiva TM4C1297NCZAD processor, databases in the cloud can be leveraged through cellular networks for real time lab equivalent analytics which allow food or skin analysis and wearable health monitor solutions. Developers can also create their own data collection and analysis through innovative iOS and Android applications.


  • 854 x 480 pixel micro mirror array size and 5.4µm micro mirror pixel pitch
  • ±17° micro mirror tilt angle and 900 to 1700nm EVM wavelength
  • 10nm EVM spectral resolution and 6000:1 EVM signal to noise ratio (reflective head)
  • 2.88KHz EVM maximum scan speed
  • CC2564MODN Bluetooth low energy module for Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
  • Reflective illumination module with two integrated infrared lamps
  • Microcontroller board, DLP controller board, detector board and DMD board
  • 1mm single pixel InGaAs non cooled detector
  • Collimating lenses, 885nm long wave pass filter, reflective diffraction grating & focusing lenses


The DLP NIRscan Nano EVM is a complete NIR spectrometer EVM using DLP technology. The EVM package includes:

1. Near-infrared optomechanical spectrometer engine optimized for 900 to 1700 nm wavelength range:

– Reflective illumination module with two integrated infrared lamps

– 1.8-mm × 0.025-mm input slit

– Collimating lenses

– 885-nm long wavepass filter

– Reflective diffraction grating

– Focusing lenses

– DLP2010NIR DMD (0.2-inch WVGA, 854 × 480 orthogonal pixel, NIR optimized)

– Collection optics

– 1-mm single-pixel InGaAs non-cooled detector


2. Electronics subsystem with the electronics consisting of four boards:


– Microcontroller board

• Tiva TM4C1297 microprocessor for system control operating at 120 MHz

• 32MB SDRAM for pattern storage

• Power management with Lithium-polymer or Lithium-ion battery charging circuits using bq24250

• CC2564MODN Bluetooth Low Energy module for Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity

• USB micro connector for USB connectivity

• microSD card slot for external data storage

• HDC1000 humidity and temperature sensor


– DLP controller board

• DLPC150 DLP controller

• DLPA2005 integrated power management circuit for DMD and DLP controller supplies

• Constant current lamp driver based on OPA567 and monitored by INA213


– Detector board

• Low-noise differential amplifier circuit

• ADS1255 30 kSPS analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with SPI

• TMP006 thermopile sensor for detector and ambient temperature measurement

• 1-mm non-cooled Hamamatsu G12180-010A InGaAs photodiode


– DMD board

• DLP2010NIR near-infrared digital micromirror device

Kit Contents
DLP® NIRscan™ Nano Evaluation Module


DLP® NIRscan™ Nano Evaluation Module


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Rear View


Button Locations


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RoadTest Winners

Thanks to everyone who applied. The supplier, Texas Instruments, selected the following applicants as winners:


Important Dates

Enrollment Begins: Nov 6 2016


Enrollment Ends: Dec 12, 2016


RoadTesters Selected: Jan 16, 2017


Submit to Trade Compliance: Jan 18, 2017


Product Shipped: Jan 19, 2017


RoadTesting Begins: Jan 26, 2017


Status Reminder/Update Email: Mar 13, 2017*


Submit Reviews By: March 27, 2017


* Status Reminder Email sent by element14 RoadTest Program staff

Terms and Conditions

DLP® NIRscan™ Nano Evaluation Module– RoadTest

Terms and Conditions

These are the terms and conditions which govern the DLP® NIRscan™ Nano Evaluation Module RoadTest contest. This Contest requires participants to submit an application indicating their previous experience with this type of equipment/component, information on what they would do to test the equipment/component, and the applicant’s desire to post a thorough review of their experience with images, photos, or other supplemental materials. Participants will be required to meet the Conditions for Participation.  The winners of this RoadTest will receive the item(s) listed below. RoadTest Reviews are due no later than 60 days after the receipt of the item(s). No other prizes are offered.

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RoadTest: DLP® NIRscan™ Nano Evaluation Module(RoadTest or Contest)

Key dates:

Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on 15 December 2016

Announcement of Winner (estimated): 15 February 2017

Prize:  DLP® NIRscan™ Nano Evaluation Module

Additional Prizes: none

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