June 20, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
You may have already read about PhlatLight LED technology making its way into our televisions and thought, “Wow, now there’s a good idea!” Perhaps you were also wondering if the technology would transfer over to the world of video projectors so you could have it in your dedicated home theaters.
It looks like later this year we’ll be seeing lamp-free home theater projectors with Luminus Devices’ PhlatLight in bright DLP applications. The company announced this week at the InfoComm show a collaboration with Texas Instruments DLP Products to combine for high-quality, long-lasting solid-state illumination in mainstream projection.
The brightness of PhlatLight LED projection has been limited, with usage in portable pocket projectors. With TI and Luminus working together, the PhlatLight LED-based DLP projectors will see instant start-up, stable brightness and color over the lifespan of the projector, without any need for lamp replacement, according to Luminus vice president Christian Hoepfner.
Hoepfner added that the PhlatLight LEDs enhance the broader color gamut, accuracy and saturation, with higher contrast and deeper black levels.
Luminus notes that several leading projection manufacturers will debut such projectors later this year, and DLP projectors for corporate and education markets powered by PhlatLight LEDs next year.
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