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DLP LightCrafter Display 2000 EVM on Raspberry Pi

As part of element14’s RoadTest program, I recently got to review Texas Instruments’ DLP LightCrafter Display 2000 pico projector for BeagleBone Black. After finishing the review, I wasn’t satisfied with the performance of the BeagleBone Black, and decided to swap it out in favour of a Raspberry Pi 3B+.

Credits go to Philip Hodgers, whose post I found on TI’s E2E forum, for figuring out the wiring and config parameters to get the projector to work via the Pi’s DPI interface.

Preparation

You’ll need:

  • Texas Instruments DLP LightCrafter Display 2000 EVM for BeagleBone Black
  • Raspberry Pi with up-to-date software
  • 26x F-F and 1x M-F jumper wires
  • 6x standoffs and 2 screws

The Raspberry Pi can be prepared using my headless setup procedure: Headless Raspberry Pi Setup with Raspbian Stretch (Pi 3B+ compatible)

Configuration

The following block needs to be appended to /boot/config.txt. This can be done straight from the Raspberry Pi, or while the SD card is mounted on the PC.

What this does is:

  • move the I2C interface to pins not used by the DPI interface
  • define the video output format and timing information

Wiring

The wiring is not difficult, but there are quite a lot of connections to make (27 to be exact). It is important to take your time and double check every connection before powering on the Raspberry Pi.

Below, are the pins and their numbering on the EVM (source):

Here’s how they map to the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO:

I’ve added P2_6 (5V) via GPIO pin 2 to power the EVM from the Pi or vice versa. A bridge is then required on the EVM from P2_6 to J3 using the M-F jumper wire. The EVM’s 5V/3A power supply is plenty to power both devices.

The resulting wiring should resemble the pictures below. I’ve used three stacked standoffs to create enough clearance while keeping everything in place.

Video & Audio

After applying power, the EVM will display a default splash screen. Some commands need to be passed via its I2C interface to display the Pi’s desktop.

This can be automated to be executed at every boot, by adding these commands to /etc/rc.local before the “exit 0” command:

These commands configure the EVM to match the configuration specified earlier in /boot/config.txt, and change the input source.

Finally, the easiest way to get audio running, is probably to use a Bluetooth speaker. It’s easily set up too.

  • click on the Bluetooth icon, and select “Add Device …”
  • put your speaker in discovery mode, it should appear in the list
  • click “Pair”
  • once pairing is successful, right-click on the audio icon and select the speaker

That’s it! You should now have audio and video running!

You can connect to the Pi via VNC to start YouTube for example, and start enjoying your favourite content on the biggest screen in the house …

4 thoughts on “DLP LightCrafter Display 2000 EVM on Raspberry Pi

  1. Wow. Brilliant.
    I’ve been looking at pico projectors, especially this one, but couldn’t work out how to have DPI and i2c!
    You’ve made a remote controlled projector thay can be used for so many art projects. Cool.

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