At the recent CineEurope show in Barcelona, NEC Display Solutions showed several new 2K, 4K Laser and 4K 3D projectors for the Digital Cinema market.
NEC’s first 4K laser projector – the NC1040L touts a wide color gamut designed to deliver color capability beyond the DCI or RGB specifications. With TCO of ownership in mind, the new NC1040L offers up to 20,000 laser light hours of expected life and can project images on small screens up to 9.5 meters (31 feet). With 5,000 lumens of brightness the projector falls under the current threshold requiring regulation of laser light sources for cinema. The model is scalable and NEC will be able to double the brightness to 10,000 lumens [with a dual laser source] and then offer 30,000 and 60,000 lumen upgrades at such time as FDA and EU regulations are relaxed
NEC also announced upgrades for the NEC NC900C DCI-certified digital cinema projector. This is the first projector to incorporate the S2K chipset and to use a NSH Dual-Lamp system. A new Silencer Housing guarantees quiet operation and eliminates the need for a projection booth.
Also on display was the NEC NC3240S projector which has been designed for auditoriums with “giant” screens up to 32 meters wide (100+ feet). The projector offers 4K resolution, 3D capabilities and a contrast ratio of 2000:1. The NC3240S incorporates a newly designed separate cooling system.
PMA Research has been following digital cinema projection technology since the beginning of the DCI initiative. With digital conversions in developed countries nearly finished, NEC and other digital cinema equipment manufacturers are delivering the next generation of units to address 3D, High-Frame Rates (HFR) and improving the movie-going experience.