At ISE 2013 Sony announced that it is launching its next-generation WUXGA installation projector, and their first to utilize Laser Light Source Technology. According to Sony, this will be the world’s first 3LCD laser, 4,000 lumens WUXGA (1920 x 1200) projector.
Based on Sony’s Laser Light Source Technology, the projector incorporates lasers, rather than LEDs, to achieve high brightness. The white light, like traditional UHP light sources, is directed into the 3LCD engine to produce brighter images, better contrast ratios and color stability.
The projector has up to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free up time, and also features a picture muting mode which allows users to quickly start a presentation once the mute mode has been turned off. The Laser Light Source Projector also offers installation flexibility as it is tilt free with an efficient portrait mode. Sony’s Laser Light Source Projector will be available in the summer of 2013.
According to PMA Research, Solid state illumination (SSI) projectors are expected to outperform the overall market. PMA anticipated strong future growth for this segment based on the expectation that several additional manufacturers will begin selling SSI projectors beginning in 2013. That is proving true as Sony is the latest of several projector manufacturers to announce their move into this category.