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Digital Projection's Recyclability
Analysis of DP's TITAN and LIGHTNING Recyclability

As a recipient of our monthly newsletter, you’re likely aware of Digital Projection’s absolute dedication to creating the world’s most powerful, efficient and responsible projectors. A brief review of our CoolTek Efficiency Initiative portal (Viewable Here) illustrates how our main large venue displays compare to other manufacturer’s similar products.

While statistically impressive in it’s own right, we wanted to add a bit of extra insight into our company-wide efficiency focus. Below you will find an in-depth summary of the materials and recyclability of both our TITAN and LIGHTNING projectors.

In regards to the recyclability of the TITAN projector:

1. The product has been designed from its inception to be modular, having three key sections: The Core chassis, housing the optics, and two separable side modules. One side module houses the power supply and the other contains the video processing electronics. This modular philosophy is at the heart of the design concept of ready dis-assembly and material separation making the products well suited to re-cycling at the end of their working lives.
2. The projector easily separates into its three modules. In turn, the modules enable rapid separation of sub-assemblies down to component and PCB level with the use of standard tools.
3. The projector is ROHS compliant and has been designed in accordance with the WEEE Directive.
4. The entire chassis structure and skin of the product are manufactured from aluminum.
5. A small number of internal components, comparatively low by proportion, are manufactured from stainless steel, or zinc-passivated mild steel. Any small elements, such as screw inserts within the aluminum chassis, are readily identifiable and separable.
6. A small number of internal components are manufactured from plastic. These include small cooling fans and small sheets of insulation material close to high voltage circuits. In all cases these plastic components are readily identified and are separable. In total they represent less than 1% of the product mass.
7. Glass elements in the optical path are all removable using hand tools and are therefore separable from their metal housings.
8. The product is designed to be upgradeable and serviceable, so should have a very long operating life.
9. Lamp modules are already recycled back to the factory for refurbishment and re-bulbing.

In regards to the LIGHTNING, the only differences are:

1. Lightning is modular, but in a slightly different way: The product is based around a welded aluminum space-frame onto which the rest of the components are assembled.
2. Points 2 to 9 remain entirely consistent. We have a single large component made from pressure formed PVC (the base lamp duct). Again, plastic elements are readily identifiable, separable and represent way less than 1% of product mass. PVC is readily recyclable.

Now more than ever, investing in a Digital Projection precision display truly brings a more powerful, and more responsible, projector into your world.

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3D Badges
Enjoying 3D Today and Tomorrow


Recently there has been a massive amount of interest in 3D advancements. Manufacturers of hardware, like Digital Projection, are announcing brand new 3D compatible video projectors. This leads us to a few often-asked questions, such as what high quality 3D content is available today, and what will be available in the near future?

On the horizon:
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Panasonic, Samsung and LG Electronics all announced 3D playback solutions. The Panasonic solution used a modified Blue Ray displaying a full 1920 X 1080 resolution, with discrete information for both left and right eye. This method requires the use of a display (like the new TITAN 1080P-3D), which operates at a full 120Hz. This is essentially like two complete movies playing simultaneously, one from the perspective of the right eye, the other from the perspective of the left. The projector displays the 120Hz signal and active glasses, worn by the viewer, separate one channel at 60Hz for the right eye, and the other channel at 60Hz for the left eye.

A handful of famous Hollywood producers have been shooting movies for the past couple of years with two cameras arranged in a 3D capture configuration, then archiving the data for future 3D post-production. When combined with a 120 Hz playback system and a DP active 3D display, the 3D imaging will be very high quality and truly immersive. Panasonic reports their 3D playback technology will be available to consumers in 2010.

NVidia

But what if you want your 3D fun today?

More immediately, gaming enthusiasts can configure their PC’s to render a very high quality 3D gaming experience. High-performance graphic card manufacturers, such as NVIDIA and ATI, promote graphics engines that output dual DVI for full 3D gaming and viewing of special 3D MPEG files. NVIDIA is very bullish on 3D, offering technology that even allows 2D games to be rendered and enjoyed in active 3D. Information on the NVIDIA 3D technology can be viewed here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/GeForce_3D_Vision_Main.html

Information on a selection of suitable 3D games can be viewed here:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/GeForce_3D_Vision_3D_Games.html

And information on 3D video titles compatible with the NVIDIA platform can be found at: http://www.nvidia.com/object/GeForce_3D_Vision_3D_Movies.html

Another approach to 3D involves select software programs that can take current 2D games and create a virtual 3D gaming solution when played back using active glasses and a high-end 3D graphics card. Sony has teased the world with announcements of a 3D Playstation that is reported to be available in 2010 as well.

To be clear, we are not talking about low fidelity, color separated 3D, where the viewers wear cheap red and blue glasses. The majority of the 3D content referenced in this article is based on high frame rates and distinct left and right eye perspectives – the approach that renders the highest quality and most enjoyable 3D experience. This is the real 3D deal – the same technological approach used in simulation, visualization and scientific research labs.

So, nearly 60 years after the first 3D movies were shown in commercial theaters, it seems that digital 3D will be available for home viewing in the very near future. But if you are a gamer, the content and technology already exist today!

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Fred Scurti RMDM DP Announces New Rocky Mountain Regional Manager


Due to the growth opportunities we recognized in the Western U.S., Digital Projection recently created a new sales territory comprised of the (7) “Rocky Mountain” states of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. In order to help us manage our opportunities in this new territory, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Fred Scurti as DP’s Rocky Mountain Regional Sales Manager.

Fred brings nearly 20 years of audio-visual sales experience to Digital Projection, all based in the Rocky Mountain region. Throughout his career, Fred worked in sales engineering and management roles with several of the biggest dealers in the area.

Most recently, Fred excelled as a sales consultant for the Da-Lite Screen Company. His understanding of dealership operations and end user needs, as well as his knowledge of display systems, projection surfaces and application environments, ensures that Fred will be a great resource for our customers and Reps in the Rocky Mountain territory.

Please join us in welcoming Fred to Digital Projection, and be sure to let him know if he can assist you with any of your current projects.

Contact Information:
Fred Scurti, Rocky Mountain Regional Manager, Digital Projection
phone: 303.514.6719
e-mail: fscurti@digitalprojection.com

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Digital Projection is Hiring


Location: Kennesaw, GA
Department: Senior Application Support Engineer

Description: Digital Projection, Inc. (DPI), an Emmy® award winning manufacturer of high performance projection systems, is seeking candidates for a key Application Support Engineer position.

The Senior Application Support Engineer will provide technical phone support to customers in both Commercial and Home Cinema channels. Requires exceptional customer service and communication skills, both oral and written. Must have comprehensive understanding of electronics (AC/DC circuits). Ability to read schematics & logical thinking required. Will learn and maintain constant understanding of projector performance specifications, control protocol, operation and general troubleshooting techniques. Will provide technical and application training to customers and other team members. Must have great work ethic, great attitude, superior attendance record, and be a cooperative team player. Must be able to acquire a passport.

Digital Projection provides competitive compensation, benefits and exciting incentives. Salary commensurate with experience. If you have the skills, personality and motivation to work with a team that is committed to producing highly differentiated large screen display solutions and experiences, email your resume to hr@digitalprojection.com or fax your resume to 770.420.1360.

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Digital Projection Day at the Races

Digital Projection's Racing Season Opens with a Bang

Digital Projection once again took to the NASCAR circuit. This month we visited the Texas Motor Speedway along with 64 guests. Saturday, April 4th, we were treated to incredible 80-degree weather with beautiful blue skies. Wandering in the pits was a glorious experience after being cooped up all winter. Once the race started we retreated to our climate-controlled suite high above the pit exit and entrance to turn 1. Many of us watched with glee as Kyle Busch dominated the Nationwide sponsored race.

Digital Projection Day at the Races

Sunday dawned with more beautiful weather, but because the high temperature of the day was only 60 degrees in the sun, we were very happy to once again sit in our luxurious suite. The 334-lap SPRINT race saw 14 different leaders, so nearly every fan was happy at some point. In the end, Jeff Gordon broke a 47 race winless streak and won at TMS for the first time in his 17 attempts.

Digital Projection Day at the Races

We will be back at Texas Motor Speedway in early June for the INDY CAR race. High Speed Open Wheel racing is never more exciting than at this extremely fast track – racing under the lights on Saturday night. We hope you can join us!

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Photo of the Month

2009 Astronomy Night - Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei
Sponsored by Delta Electronics Foundation

2009 Astronomy Night
On March 21, four Digital Projection LIGHTNING 1080P projectors were chosen to deliver celestial imagery at the Delta Electronics Foundation sponsored "Astronomy Night" of 2009 in Taipei.

2009 Astronomy Night "Waking up the Spring" (Spring Equinox Activity) included dramatic stage performances of with dance and music depicting the life of Galileo, and a concert of Gustav Holst's "The Planets" with accompanying images. The performance was held in the Main Square of the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial.

2009 Astronomy Night The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) is a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture and marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei. To learn more about the year's events, visit http://www.astronomy2009.org/.

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EDID Technology Overview


EDID stands for Extended Display Identification Data, a standard published by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA). Used as part of an interface between a source device and a display or television set, EDID supplies the necessary technological handshake needed for video display. An EDID ROM chip is required to be present in all display devices that include HDMI support. Its inclusion in HDMI is part of a host of intelligent features that the standard offers. Using the DDC channel and EDID, a blu-ray player or other source device can request and learn the display limitations of a television set or video projector.

EDID contains basic information about a display and its capabilities, including manufacturer information, maximum image size, color depth, factory pre-set timings, frequency range limits, and character strings for the display and serial number. This information is stored in the display, and then used to communicate with the rest of the system.

So here’s the tech tip: If a monitor or a projector is not properly displaying a source that is otherwise known to be working, it is possible that the EDID handshake was interrupted. This can happen when the connection between the display and the source is momentarily interrupted. For example, a bad cable, or a momentary loss of power to a distribution accessory could cause this interruption, as would moving the DVI / HDMI source cable from one display to another.

The simplest way to solve the problem is to reboot the source, making sure the hardwire connection to the display is restored before powering the source back on. On power up, the source submits a renewed EDID query to the display, and upon receipt of the requested data, commences providing a properly formatted signal to suit the display’s parameters.

HDMI sources can present another set of digital handshake challenges. In order to protect copyright holders, HDMI sources, such as Blue Ray players, also include HDCP – a complex and sometimes frustrating High Definition Copy Protection standard. Like EDID, sources with HDCP need to see the display – not just at power up, but at all times. Any loss of connection to the display is viewed as an attempt to pirate the digital signal, and the HDCP enabled source responds by killing its output – replacing it instead with the telltale HDCP snow. To minimize HDCP distribution challenges, make sure all the components in your signal distribution chain are fully qualified per the HDMI and HDCP standards.

Tech Tip Archive

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Tech Tip Archive

October 2004 - Customized Mercury Performance
November 2004 - Perforated Screen Tips
December 2004 - More Perforated Screen Tips
January 2005 - Total Environmental Dynamic Range
February 2005 - What You Need To Know About Gamma
March 2005 - Using DP's Screen Brightness Calculator
April 2005 - Optimizing The Lens Aperture On dVision Projectors
May 2005 - Mounting Projectors Off-Center
June 2005 - Improved Edge Blending With HIGHlite Pro
July 2005 - Handy Formulas For Projectionists
CEDIA 2005 - Using The VIP 1000 To Simplify Installations
October 2005 - dVision Security Features
November 2005 - DVI & HDMI: Making The Connection
December 2005 - Lens Shift, And Projector Sweet Spot
January 2006 - Designing A Projector Enclosure
February 2006 - Managing Video Delay
March 2006 - Building The Ultimate Digital System
August 2006 - The Benefits of Enhanced Seven Point Color Correction
CEDIA 2006 - TITAN/LIGHTNING Lens Options
October 2006 - HIGHlite Bulb Compatibility
November 2006 - HDMI & HDCP
December 2006 - Using DP's Updated Screen Brightness Calculator
January 2007 - How To Use DP's Exclusive Rigging Frame For dVision Projectors
February 2007 - VIP 2000 Firmware Upgrade 1.2.4A
March 2007 - recently Updated Support Files
August/CEDIA 2007 - VIP 2000 Firmware Update
October 2007 - Brilliant Color Part I
November 2007 - Brilliant Color Part II
Jan/Feb 2008 - Technology Behind CoolTek Engineering Part 1
March 2008 - Technology Behind CoolTek Engineering Part 2
April 2008 - Technology Behind CoolTek Engineering Part 3
May & June 2008 - Theaterscope Handling Tips
Late Summer 2008 - Lens Shift and the Projector Sweet Spot
October 2008 - Auto Shut-off For TITAN and LIGHTNING
November 2008 - Correctly Adjusting Your TheaterScope
December 2008 - Scalability With DP's TITANS
January 2009 - Resolutions Overview


Photo of the Month Archive

December 2004 - 35 Million Pixel Immersive Display
January 2005 - NYPD Command Center
February 2005 - Golden Rondelle Theater
March 2005 - 2005 Academy Awards
April 2005 - NYC Museum of Modern Art
May 2005 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
June 2005 - Electronic Arts Wins Best Booth At E3
July 2005 - Rotary Club International 100th Anniversary
CEDIA 2005 - LCD v.s DLP Technology
October 2005 - Ingleside Baptist Church
November 2005 - Dataton & DPI At LDI
December 2005 - Holiday Greetings From DPI
January 2006 - Alford Media at Radio City Music Hall
March 2006 - Mercury Projectors In House of Worship
April 2006 - Sinatra At The London Palladium
infoComm 2006 - McCann Systems Brings Mercury To Nintendo
August 2006 - Stunning Images From infoComm 2006
CEDIA 2006 - MB Productions Gears Up The NBA Draft With DPI
October 2006 - DPI Introduces 3-chip 1080p At CEDIA 2006
November 2006 - LDI 2006
December 2006 - Happy Holidays From Digital Projection
January 2007 - K2 Imaging at Tusla Centennial Celebration
February 2007 - 2007 Sundance Film Festival
March 2007 - NASCAR & Digital Projection
April/May 2007 - Liberty University
June/infoComm 2007 - The Palm Casino
August/CEDIA 2007 - LIGHTNING Projectors at Hammerstein Ballroom
October 2007 - iVision 20 Military Visualization
November 2007 - The Caring Place
December 2007 - Happy Holidays From Digital Projection
Jan/Feb 2008 - Integrated Systems Europe 2008
March 2008 - DIFC Annual Event
April 2008 - Maggitti Theater
May & June 2008 - Abundant Living Faith Center
Late Summer 2008 - Alford Media
October 2008 - Oregon Shakespeare Festival
November 2008 - U.S. Navy Memorial Auditorium
December 2008 - Dollywood's "4-D" Polar Express
January 2009 - John H. Cooper School
February/March 2009 - Grammy Museum


Newsletter Archive

September 2004 - DP introduces dVision series
October 2004 - FBC Installs LIGHNTING 28sx Projectors
November 2004 - DPI Announces Mercury System Upgrades
December 2004 - Stagers Embrace LIGHTNING 35HD
January 2005 - HIGHlite 12000Dsx+ "Inside the NBA"
February 2005 - DP Introduces New 2K x 1K Displays
March 2005 - LIGHTNING Projectors Used at Academy Awards
April 2005 - DP Selected By Tribeca Film Festival
May 2005 - DPI Introduces New Products At infoComm
June 2005 - infoComm 2005 Review
July 2005 - DP Adds DVI & HDMI Distribution Solutions
CEDIA 2005 - iVision 20 Series Debut
October 2005 - DP Product Repositioning
November 2005 - DPI Launches New Website
December 2005 - New dVision Products Announced
January 2006 - DP Introduces Single-Chip 1080p
February 2006 - Managing Product Availability
March 2006 - Amazing HIGHlite 12000Dsx+ Opportunities
April 2006 - DPI Selected By Tribeca Film Festival
infoComm 2006 - 11 Major Product Introductions at infoComm 2006
August 2006 - DPI Introduces First 3-Chip DLP Platform
CEDIA 2006 - DP Launches TITAN 1080p-250
October 2006 - New HIGHlite Pro Products Added
November 2006 - dVision 1080p & Brilliant Color
December 2006 - DPI Opens Offices in China
January 2007 - DP Announces New Commercial A/V Pricing
February 2007 - Digital Projection Announces 2007 Road Show
March 2007 - New Commercial A/V Pricing Announced
April/May 2007 - LIGHTNING 1080p Announced
June/infoComm 2007 - DP Launches High-Brightness TITAN
August/CEDIA 2007 - infoComm 2007
October 2007 - CEDIA 2007 Wrap Up
November 2007 - DP Announces 30K Lumen Display
December 2007 - DP Marks 10 Years At Sundance Film Festival
Jan/Feb 2008 - DP Exhibits at ISE Amsterdam
March 2008 - DPI Makes History with Product Shipping Landmark
April 2008 - DP Defines Product Availability with QuickShip
May & June 2008 - DP's Most Impressive infoComm Exhibit EVER
Late Summer 2008 - TITAN Chasis Wins TWO Industry Awards
October 2008 - DP Launches Year Round Specials Program
November 2008 - Connect with Digital Projection Across the World
December 2008 - Looking Back, Looking Forward
January 2009 - DP to Launch Full Range of 3D Products
February/March 2009 - DP Reveals 14 Active 3D Capable Displays

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