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SIM2 Offers Sneak Peek at Compact Pure Laser Projector at CES

SIM2 Multimedia has partnered with Shanxi OVLaserTec to co-develop a small form factor pure-laser technology projector for the home theater market with no speckling. The price for the yet-to-be-named three-chip DLP projector is undetermined.

The yet-to-be-named projector solution will deliver between 3,000 and 20,000 ANSI lumens, expanded color gamut, and lower cost of operation.
Jason Knott · January 12, 2015

This might be the biggest collaboration between Italy and China since the days of explorer Marco Polo… and that was 700 years ago.

Pordenone, Italy-based SIM2 Multimedia has joined forces with Shanxi OV-LaserTec of China in the co-development of a compact pure-laser projector. The 1080p unit, which is based on SIM2’s ALPHAPATH platform and Shanxi’s OV-LaserTec pure-laser despeckle technology, is a breakthrough because it brings laser to home theater in a smaller form factor that does not require the projector to be the size of Toyota Corolla.

“We are delighted to be cooperating with OV-LaserTec, who shares the same strategic vision for quality and innovation as we have,” says Maurizio Cini, SIM2’s CEO. “We have combined our research and engineering resources to create another first in projection applications, hence delivering a richer and brighter image that will redefine the video experience.”

Based on SIM2’s ALPHAPATH Light Engine and 3-chip DLP technology, OVLaserTec’s RGB-laser light valve and patented speckle reduction solutions, the yet-to-be-named projector solution will deliver a variable output from 3,000 to 20,000 ANSI lumens, expanded color gamut, and lower cost of operation, according to the company. Pricing is underdetermined but rumors are that it will be on the high end around $90,000.

“By cooperating with SIM2 Multimedia, which has always been distinguished by the market for their superior products, we have teamed up with a strong R&D force with comprehensive competence,” says Wenhong Gao, the CEO of OVlaserTec. “Our creative engineering team has developed the true RGB laser projectors, bringing the audience the best technology for an experience beyond the current cinema picture quality.”

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Cini and Gao showed the projector during a small press event at the 2015 International CES. Unfortunately, the demo was hampered by a shipping accident that left them without a film screen. Plus, there was quite a bit of ambient light in the room. But despite not having ideal conditions, the lack of speckle and the brightness were still apparent. Gao would not say how Shanxi was able to solve the speckling dilemma but the company spent three years perfecting the technology with financial support from the Chinese government via the University of Beijing.

Three Years in the Making

“To bring laser to home theater is not easy,” admits Cini, who says SIM2 has made about 50 units so far that are still under test in China and Italy.

OV-LaserTec has developed the high efficiency pure RGB laser light illumination engine with speckle reduction technology. The first speckle, the speckled speckle and the color speckle are eliminated on the screen, with no optical power loss by applying OV-LaserTec’s despeckle solutions. A dust-free structure and an accurate cooling system provide high reliability, stable and safe performance, according to SIM2.

The re-engineered light engine, coupled with the laser technology and SIM2’s calibration software, offer enhanced color depth and contrast ratio. The companies expect to deliver the joint solution to the market in the by CEDIA Expo 2015 in October.

SIM2 has been quiet for awhile… now we know what the company was working on.

“No one has been asleep at the wheel,” comments Alberto Fabiano, executive vice president. “SIM2 is still the technology company you know and love.”

He continues, “This is the most advanced projector in the world. This color imagery is going to change the world. Laser technology can bring high dynamic range (HDR) to fruition.”

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Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at jknott@ehpub.com

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