Sony unveils ground-breaking 3LCD laser light source projector

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sony’s next-generation projection technology, based on a laser light source, delivers a range of performance capabilities and eliminates many of the issues associated with conventional lamp-based projection. This newest Sony display milestone, model VPL-FHZ55, is Sony’s first lamp-less projector using 3LCD imaging technology to achieve 4,000 lumens of color light output at WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), to deliver bright and vivid color reproduction. 

“Sony has always been about innovation, and this unique laser projection technology continues that tradition,” said Dianne LaGuardia, senior manager, professional display marketing at Sony Electronics. “Our experience in projection is far-reaching, and we’re applying that expertise to develop a solution for the future.” 

The new projector uses blue laser as its light source, which excites a phosphorous material that in turn creates white light. The white light is delivered to the 3LCD optical system, generating full-time, vibrant RGB color through a color splitting process. The resulting 4,000 lumen color light output produces brightness sufficient for a range of commercial applications, unlike competitive models based on one-chip imager and hybrid light source technologies. 

The VPL-FHZ55 projector expands Sony’s efforts to achieve lower total cost of ownership and energy efficiency in its projector line. The projector offers virtually maintenance-free operation for up to 20,000* hours of expected light source, display device and filter use. The HG (mercury) free projector is packed with energy-saving features, including: Auto Light Dimming, which dims light output down to 5% when left powered on without use; and Auto Brightness Adjustment, which eliminates unnecessary illumination when a dark picture is projected; and Constant Brightness Mode, which allows users to maintain brightness throughout the expected 20,000 hour life by driving the projector at reduced light output. 

The use of a laser light source also gives the projector instant “on/off” capability and “tilt- free” capability for seamless installation in nearly any setting or position. Combined with 1.6x standard zoom lens, V:+60% H:+/-32% lens shift, built-in edge-blending and geometric correction, the projector is fully capable of advanced commercial integration. 

The new model is planned for availability in August 2013. 

For more information, visit www.sony.com/laser.