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Vidikron Unveils Its First Projectors Based On D-ILA

LAS VEGAS — Vidikron is unveiling here two home theater projectors, including the company’s first unit based on D-ILA micro display technology. The company is located in the South Hall 2, Booth 17277.

The Vidikron Vision Model 60, which is due to ship in this spring at a $15,000 suggested retail, is a 3-chip unit offering 1,400-by-788 pixel resolution at a native 16:9 widescreen aspect ration. Vidikron’s implementation of the D-ILA technology was said to produce ‘unprecedented black-level reproduction, outstanding color rendition and extremely smooth, flicker-free images.’

Light output of the Vision Model 60 was measured at 17.9 foot-Lamberts using the Runco/Vidikron Cinema Standards Measurement System (CSMS), and 1,000 ANSI lumens. Contrast ratio is given at 800:1.

The projector was said to incorporate a host of digital and analog video inputs, including DVI with HDCP. It has a compact, Italian-inspired chassis design and weighs only 20 pounds.

Vidikron is also introducing the Vision Model 100, which it bills as an extremely high-performance, high-light output LCD projector. The company is targeting the projector at upper-end home theater applications where high ambient lighting conditions exist, such as family rooms and great rooms.

Vidikron is employing next-generation, active matrix TFT LCD technology in a native 16:9 aspect ratio configuration. The three-panel projector produces light output of 69.3 foot-Lamberts (CSMS), and 4,000 ANSI lumens, using a dual UHP lamp arrangement.

Resolution is listed at HDTV-level 1,366-by-768 pixels, and the contrast ratio is said to be 900:1. Both Vidikron products are slated for delivery in spring 2004. The Model 100 will retail for under $25,000 when it ships this spring.