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Christie Debuting ‘TruLife’ Projector Platform

The new electronics platform delivers immersive, hyper-realistic video experiences

Christie Digital Systems USA Inc., a producer of visual technology displays, debutes Christie “TruLife,” the company’s latest projector platform, and which is capable of supporting a video-processing pipeline of up to 1.2 Gigapixels per second
Anchored by a high-performance electronics engine that leverages the latest in field-programmable gate array integrated circuits, Christie TruLife delivers ultra-high resolution, high frame rate vid

eo with image fidelity (e.g. 4K resolution image processing at 60 fps and beyond), the company says.
Christie projectors based on the new electronics platform will use this very high capacity image-processing power to deliver immersive, hyper-realistic video experiences, the company says.
“Traditional design cycles and the limitations of off-the-shelf video processing ICs were hindering our ability to solve video-processing problems,” says Jennifer Smith, vice president of Global Engineering at Christie. That was “holding back the expression of our customers’ collective imaginations for realizing lifelike, ultra-realistic, immersive environments through video displays,” she added.
Many industries will immediately benefit from this original video-processing electronics architecture, including users creating groundbreaking theme-park attractions, visualization “power walls” and flight simulation environments, the company says. Christie TruLife electronics will underpin those applications providing customers with realistic experiences, alleviating the image blurring and motion sickness that may accompany those environments.
Launching throughout 2013, Christie projectors featuring TruLife will enable 4K2K, Ultra-HD/Quad-HD resolutions today at 60 fps, and will have the capability to support higher resolutions and higher frame rates, the company says.
“When increasing the resolution, one simultaneously needs a higher frame rate for the images and increased dynamic range, to make the experience more lifelike,” says Jeevan Vivegananthan, director of product development, Christie Business Products. “We achieved this by designing a new floating-point processing engine within the platform, which affords an equivalent of 25 bits of fixed point processing as compared to the eight to 10 bits of processing found in today’s standard projectors,” he says.
“The increased dynamic range offered by the floating point engine of Christie TruLife will be appreciated by those, such as automobile designers, who want to render the highest fidelity images with very smooth, deep and rich color transitions,” Vivegananthan says.
Christie is showcasing some of its newest technologies, including new projectors based on the Christie TruLife electronics platform, at the 2013 NAB Show April 6-11 in Las Vegas.
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