At CineAsia Christie Digital provided a technology preview of a digital-cinema laser projection family, boasting much higher efficiency than RGB lasers used in current cinemas. Also based on Christie’s latest Series 3 digital cinema electronics platform, this RGB laser projector has no need for sub-ambient cooling (i.e., no ‘chillers’ required) in a compact form factor, all-in-one design. Providing superior color, higher contrast, a future-proof design and low maintenance, this is the forerunner of a laser-projection solution intended for mainstream cinema applications; an ideal replacement product for aging Series 1 and early Series 2 projectors, Christie said in a statement.
"One of the things we quickly learned during the Dolby Vision projector development was that starting with an optical design that was lamp based and trying to modify it to accommodate RGB laser illumination meant we weren't able to optimize the optical path and truly take advantage of all the benefits of RGB lasers", Michael Esch VP Engineering at Christie explained.
The latest Series 3 digital cinema electronics platform comes with an integrated DCI playback engine, built-in automation features, and a new, more user-friendly UX design interface. With support for alternative content sources provided through dual HDMI ports.