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Christie Flashes Top-Flight LED Projector, Universal Switcher

At the 2009 NAB Show, Christie introduced the world’s first LED-based SXGA+ and WUXGA resolution projection display system.

Christie illuminated the ceremonies at the Summer Games in Beijing, linking and soft-edge blending some 147 digital projectors in challenging conditions to help create one of the most memorable AV spectacles of our time.

Christie Entero projector

The essence of that technology is also available to non-Olympians, including operators of command-and-control centers, video walls, houses of worship and anyone else wanting top-notch projection.

At the 2009 NAB Show, Christie introduced the world’s first LED-based SXGA+ and WUXGA resolution projection display system, designed for control room and videowall applications. The new Christie Entero LED is a one-chip DLP product line with a “zero maintenance” design for long-term, critical applications.

The LEDs are rated at more than 50,000 hours, or more than five years of dependable operation.

Christie Entero LED projection units feature built-in Christie LiteLOC and Christie ColorLOC for automatic, independent brightness and color management. They also feature Christie ArrayLOC, an innovative technology that automatically matches color and brightness levels for every cube, across the entire display wall, on a continuous basis.

With 600 ANSI lumens of brightness, the Christie Entero LED projection engine is capable of illuminating Christie’s 50-, 67- and 72-inch display cube platforms. In addition, these cube platforms feature superior cross prism optical screen technology for higher brightness and wider angles of view. Sealed optics eliminate the need for dust filters, while “heat pipe” cooling technology minimizes audible noise.

Christie control room solutions are found at such sites as the NASDAQ OMX MarketSite videowall (the “face” of the world’s largest electronic stock exchange) and the massive AT&T Global Network Operations Center, which features a record 141 Christie rear projection modules.

Christie Vista URS-1608

Also at NAB, Christie’s Vista Systems unveiled the Christie Vista URS-1608, a universal routing switcher with massive flexibility for virtually limitless input and output formats. It handles any input-output combination of computer and video formats including analog/digital, interlaced/progressive and high/low resolution.

With built-in integrated source monitoring and sophisticated keying, it accepts sources from analog composite to digital 2560×1600 and routs them to any destination display, eliminating the need for additional conversion tools.

The 4 RU device also performs scaling, aspect-ratio, color-space and frame-rate conversion, and built-in source monitoring enables users to keep an eye on all inputs simultaneously in real-time on a single output.

Christie also showed new projectors. The Christie LX400 is a versatile XGA 4000 ANSI lumens projector and a native XGA companion to the Christie LW400, the company WXGA 4000 ANSI lumen projector.

“The Christie LX400 shares connectivity and feature sets with our already best-in-class Christie LW400, offering Pro AV functionality at an economical price point,” says Frank Anzures, product manager at Christie. “The new Christie LX400 is a premium solution customers are accustomed to seeing from Christie. We are offering products for today’s cost-conscious market.”

With native XGA resolution and 1000:1 contrast ratio, the Christie LX400 is ideally suited to boardrooms, small auditoriums, conference rooms, classrooms, houses of worship and entertainment venues where bold, detailed images are required. It has scaling for up to UXGA and HD formats up to 1080p for compatibility with most computers and video sources. It has six standard inputs and four built-in 4 W speakers. A suite of optional fixed and zoom lenses, ranging from 0.8:1 to the ultra-long 7.3:1 zoom, are available.

In the WXGA (1366×800) world, Christie introduces its LW650, a bright WXGA single-lamp 3LCD projector.s on the market, will be introduced at NAB at Christie’s booth, #SL7912.

“Wide XGA is where the industry is moving. Fulfilling the need to display larger amounts of data, the Christie LW650 is among the leading high-brightness WXGA projectors which can present data and video sources with enhanced image quality,” said Frank Anzures, product manager for Christie.

A compact and affordable LCD projector with inorganic panels for long life, the LW650 packs 6500 ANSI lumens, a 2500:1 contrast ratio and 10-bit image processing.