Luminus LEDs enable Christie Digital's Microtile scalable display

Date Announced: 11 Jun 2010

Luminus Devices Inc., designer, developer and manufacturer of high light output PhlatLight® LEDs, today announced its PT-54 chipset is the solid-state light source enabling Christie® Digital’s revolutionary modular digital display solution, the MicroTile™.

Christie MicroTiles are modular 40.8 cm wide x 30.6 cm high digital display tiles that can be stacked and clustered like building blocks to create virtually seamless large screens of any size and shape. By removing rigid mechanical constraints imposed by competing technologies such as flat-display panels or LED walls, MicroTile opens new levels of creativity for solutions providers and designers who can integrate displays in any shape and scale, independent of physical constraints, with applications ranging from digital signage and advertising, commercial displays, stage displays or control rooms.

At the heart of each Microtile is an ultra-compact light engine combining Texas Instrument’s DLP technology with Luminus PhlatLight LEDs. This combination brings ultra-high reliability to the system and allows full digital control of the color performance and brightness. This architecture means that installations incorporating large numbers of tiles deliver a spatially uniform picture quality between tiles that can also be controlled over time.

Furthermore, the expected 65,000 hours lifetime of LEDs ensures high availability of the display, slashing maintenance costs and total cost of ownership, both critical to the information display market.

“Christie has mastered the integration of LED technology into their visual display products, taking advantage of every single benefit that solid-state light sources bring. We are thrilled to be able to leverage the power of Phlatlight LEDs and to further expand our growth into the digital display industry,” said Stephane Bellosguardo, director of Global Product Marketing, Display, Luminus Devices. “With the MicroTile, Christie illustrates perfectly how our PhlatLight Projection LEDs enable new categories of digital displays. This opens new horizons and large markets for information displays that can be deployed in shapes and sizes that no other display technology can match.”

“PhlatLight technology brings attributes that are crucial to the existence and success of MicroTile, including environmental friendliness, ultra-high brightness, rock-solid reliability and an incredibly rich color space that can be dynamically and digitally controlled,” said Bob Rushby, the co-inventor and chief technology officer at Christie. “By combining these innovations in light source technology with our design and control expertise for scalable displays, MicroTile’s will be deployed in sites were no legacy display would fit, in applications only limited by the imagination of designers.”

PhlatLight LEDs are larger than conventional LEDs and operate reliably at significantly higher intensity, delivering light output levels unprecedented in monolithic LEDs. They are free of hazardous materials and fully compliant with the European Economic Community’s Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive.

Luminus will be demonstrating the Christie MicroTile at Infocomm, June 9-11 in Suite 460/463 at the Las Vegas Hilton. To schedule a meeting with a Luminus spokesperson or for more information contact Bill Keeler or Tara Mulloy of Schwartz Communications at (781) 684-0770 or luminus@schwartz-pr.com.

About Luminus

Luminus Devices, Inc. develops and manufactures large-chip solid state light sources – PhlatLight® LEDs - for a variety of lighting applications. Its headquarters and primary manufacturing facilities are located in Billerica, Massachusetts, U.S.A. For more information, visit www.luminus.com

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