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Laser Digital Cinema
Author(s): Eric B. Takeuchi; Graham W. Flint; Robert Bergstedt; Paul J. Solone; Dicky Lee; Peter F. Moulton
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Paper Abstract

Electronic cinema projectors are being developed that use a digital micromirror device (DMDTM) to produce the image. Photera Technologies has developed a new architecture that produces truly digital imagery using discrete pulse trains of red, green, and blue light in combination with a DMDTM where in the number of pulses that are delivered to the screen during a given frame can be defined in a purely digital fashion. To achieve this, a pulsed RGB laser technology pioneered by Q-Peak is combined with a novel projection architecture that we refer to as Laser Digital CameraTM. This architecture provides imagery wherein, during the time interval of each frame, individual pixels on the screen receive between zero and 255 discrete pulses of each color; a circumstance which yields 24-bit color. Greater color depth, or increased frame rate is achievable by increasing the pulse rate of the laser. Additionally, in the context of multi-screen theaters, a similar architecture permits our synchronously pulsed RGB source to simultaneously power three screens in a color sequential manner; thereby providing an efficient use of photons, together with the simplifications which derive from using a single DMDTM chip in each projector.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4294, Projection Displays VII, (30 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.420785
Show Author Affiliations
Eric B. Takeuchi, Photera Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Graham W. Flint, Photera Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Robert Bergstedt, Photera Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Paul J. Solone, Photera Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Dicky Lee, Q-Peak, Inc. (United States)
Peter F. Moulton, Q-Peak, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4294:
Projection Displays VII
Ming Hsien Wu, Editor(s)

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