In the coming weeks, Digital Projection will update our product lineup to include an exciting new projector – a display that boasts the highest resolution of any DLP-based product available anywhere today. We are extremely pleased to introduce the dVision 35-WQXGA.
WQXGA is the nomenclature that represents 2560 x 1600 pixels – nearly twice the resolution of a 1080p projector, and all 4,096,000 of those pixels will soon be deployed in our popular and powerful dVision platform. We need to save some of the specific performance details for the full launch, but we can tell you now, viewing more than 4,000,000 pixels from our mighty dVision results in imagery with more resolution, detail and small area contrast than we could have imagined. It just looks extraordinary!
The dramatically extended resolution of the dVision 35-WQXGA demands more powerful electronics and even more resolute lenses, but all those components are in hand and as above, this revolutionary platform produces phenomenal imagery.
For the Commercial AV market, the astonishing pixel density of the dVision 35-WQXGA supports resolution-intensive applications such as visualization, simulation, scientific and medical research, oil exploration, process management and command and control. Dealers and integrators supporting clients in those markets will want to alert them to the near-term availability of our new WQXGA platform.
For the Home Cinema market, the dVision 35-WQXGA presents an interesting and superior solution for moving between 1.78:1 and 2.35:1 aspect ratio content (or any content wider than 1.78). Currently, customers seeking to view a variety of aspect ratios while maintaining a constant height image (no letterbox horizontal black bars at the top and bottom of the screen) purchase 1080p projectors along with specialized anamorphic optics and a mechanical lens sled, such as DP’s TheaterScope system. Up to this point, the TheaterScope system has been the best solution to achieve great imagery and a consistent image height when moving between 1.78:1 and 2.35:1 content.
However, any anamorphic lens solution adds significant cost to the system, as well as mechanical and optical complexity to the installation. In addition, when the anamorphic optics are in the light path, they consume about 10% of the projector’s brightness, slightly reduce the contrast ratio and distort the projector’s square pixels into rectangles.
By comparison, no anamorphic optics will be required when dVision 35-WQXGA projector is employed in a constant height application. Instead, when 1.78 content is being viewed, that content is simply displayed by the projector at 1080p resolution. When wider aspect ratio content is to be presented, the high quality image scaling within the projector goes to work. The wider content continues to be displayed at 1080 pixels of vertical resolution, so the vertical height of the image is maintained, but the projector’s aspect ratio is adjusted such that the wider content is presented with increased horizontal resolution (beyond the 1920 horizontal pixels associated with 1080p content).
As an example, a “Scope” 2.35:1 movie would be displayed at resolution of 2538 x 1080 pixels. The on screen image height and resolution is maintained, while horizontal resolution and light output both increase – just as they should when an image gets wider.
Without a doubt, the introduction of the dVision WQXGA gives all of our customers the most resolution intensive, high fidelity display to offer as a solution to their most demanding applications and discerning clients. So, when can you see the dVision 35-WQXGA in action? DP’s sales team will have demo units in April. Pricing will be announced in that same timeframe and deliveries will commence in Q3, 2010. If you want to be first on our list to see what 4 million pixels can do for your application, contact your DP Regional Manager to schedule a demonstration.