What is Laser
Sharp/NEC is in the unique position of offering a new portfolio of Laser projectors. Solid State Light Sources (SSL) are light producing systems made up of either LED devices or Laser Diodes. Light produced with Laser systems inherently have a longer and steadier brightness that decreases at a much slower pace over time than lamp based systems. This technology offers the highest image quality while its operating life span far exceeds traditional lighting methods.
What to expect from a Laser Projector:
- Lower maintenance costs
- Consistent light ouput
- Longer life
- Constant color rendition
- Up to and including 24x7 operation
- Lower brightness decline during life time
- Better brightness uniformity
- Higher reliability
- Higher contrast
- Wider color gamut
- Lower energy consumption and lower thermal emission
- Instant on/off capability, flexible brightness adjustment (20-100%)
- Mercury free
Laser Offers New Benefits
There are numerous benefits to these solid state light source projectors, but the bottom line is that they address the needs of the market and will be adopted in growing numbers.
Their qualitative brightness superiority and potential for energy savings combined with the significant reduction of maintenance cost makes it likely that they eventually replace lamp-based projection systems as the primary projection light source in the future (69% of installation market expected in 2019 according to Futuresource).
In our whitepaper "The Future is Now - Benefits of laser Cinema Projectors" you can find a calculation on cost savings of a laser projector compared to a lamp illuminated model, using the specific example of the NC1100L.
Main Solid State Light Source Technologies
The three most important technologies, LED, laser phosphor and RGB laser, are described below.
Optical Architecture of LED Light Source
This was the first solid state projector type to be commercialized about 7 to 8 years ago but it is limited in the light output and mainly used in specialty markets.
LED systems include only red, green and blue LEDs to produce images that adhere to the SMPTE color space.
Future Ready Expansion and Connectivity:
Sharp NEC Display Solutions offers the latest interfaces suitable for 4K UHD signals like DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, 3G SDI and HDSDI, MHL or OPS option slot connectivity. An alternative way to make use of the tremendous 4K resolution is to use the powerful Picture-by-Picture and Multi-Source management features. These features allow multiple display of legacy FHD signals, side-by-side, to create a matrix of images. This is particular of interest when multiple legacy signal sources remain in use, and there is advantage in reducing the number of active displays, e.g. to free up desk space or even create a bezel-less 2x2 FHD video wall on a large format display.
Future Ready and Flexible Input Options include
- OPS Expansion Boards
- 2 × DVI Dual Channel
- 4 × HDMI 1.4
- DisplayPort 1.2
- 4 × 3G SDI