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Optoma Unveils Next-Gen DLP Pico Projector

9/22/2011 01:19:05 PM Eastern

Fremont, Calif. -
Optoma introduced Thursday the PK120 pico-class video projector based on Texas
Instruments' new nHD digital micro-mirror device for micro DLP light engines.

Optoma's new PK120 ($249 suggested retail) DLP pico-class projector uses Texas Instruments' new nHD DLP chip.

The nHD DLP chipset
is said to offer higher resolution (16:9, 640 by 360 pixels). The "palm-sized"
projector weighs 5 ounces and outputs 18 lumens of brightness from its LED
illumination source.

Other improvements
include a new file viewer that delivers direct playback of MS Office and PDF
files, movies and photos.

It incorporates
2GB of internal memory and has a microSD card slot, allowing for memory
expansion up to 32GB.

The PK120 is
available now from major retailers at a price of $249.

"The technology
and feature set included in the PK120 push it right to the head of its class,"
said Jon Grodem, Optoma's product and marketing senior director. "It's not only
more powerful and versatile, but it's also easier to use."

The new projector is
said to deliver improved clarity on text or other black content by creating a
smoother image than seen in other pixels.

To improve the
PK120's audio capabilities, Optoma has integrated two 0.5-watt speakers into
the projector, plus an audio-out port for connecting to external speakers.

A cable adapter is
standard with the PK120 for easy connections to PCs and laptops, and other
cables are available for connecting to iPods, smartphones, digital cameras or
other devices with video output.

Grodem said Optoma
also developed a more intuitive user interface for the PK120, supporting PC-free
viewing of Office documents. It also adds navigation features, such as zoom and
scroll. 

Another new pico
feature is a dedicated power plug for faster battery recharging.

The PK120 plays
common picture and video formats along with office documents directly from
files stored internally or on MicroSD cards inserted into the onboard slot.

Supported video
formats include H.264 (AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP); MPEG-4 (AVI, MOV, 3GP, WMV); M-JPEG
(AVI, MOV); and Xvid (AVI, WMV). Supported picture formats include JPEG and
BMP.

The PK120 measures
4.6 inches long by 2.4 inches wide by 0.8 inches thick. The newly improved LED lamp
system is capable of producing up to a 2,000:1 high contrast ratio and enough
brightness for users to project images up to 70 inches (diagonal).

The PK120 is
powered by an included rechargeable, lithium-ion battery, with up to 90 minutes
of run time per charge.