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Barco Adds Three Projectors to Portfolio

HDF-W22 offers 22,000 lumens light output, the HDF-W26 clocks in at 26,000 lumens and the HDQ-2K40 generates no less than 40,000 lumens

Kortrijk, Belgium, 12 June 2012 - Barco, a world leader in >rojection technology, is proud to add three heavy-duty and high-definition three-chip DLP projectors to its rental portfolio. The brand-new HDF-W22 offers 22,000 lumens light output, the HDF-W26 clocks in at 26,000 lumens and the HDQ-2K40 generates no less than 40,000 lumens. What's more, Barco's HDX-W18, HDF-W26 and HDQ-2K40 projectors will be available with a unique adjustable brightness feature later this year. Thanks to this 'light-on-demand' technology, rental partners have full flexibility to tune the light output of their projector to the specific needs of their customer's event. Barco will unveil the new HDF-W22, HDF-W26 and HDQ-2K40 projectors at InfoComm, from 13 to 15 June 2012.

Choose your brightness

One of the most striking features of Barco's new HD projectors - including the HDX-W18, HDF-W26 and HDQ-2K40 - is that they will be available with flexible light output. Thanks to the innovative light-on-demand technology, rental companies will only need three projector models to generate any brightness level from 10,000 lumens right up to 40,000 lumens. In this way, they have full flexibility to tune an event to their customers' needs with the smallest possible rental fleet. Barco rental partners can maximize both client satisfaction and return on investment. When programmed to output lower light levels, the lamp will, of course, have a longer lifetime. The projectors equipped with the light-on-demand technology can be programmed for a specific light output using Barco's Projector Toolset software or by entering a specific code in the user menu on the projector. When combined with the optional GSM module, users can adjust the light output remotely by simply sending a text message (SMS) with the code to the projector.

Expanded rental platform

"By adding three new members to our rental projector fleet, we now cover the entire spectrum of large venue projectors, ranging from 10,000 to 40,000 lumens light output," says Wim Buyens, Senior Vice President of Barco's Entertainment division. "So, we can meet virtually any customer requirement in the highly demanding rental and staging industry. What's more, thanks to our unique light-on-demand technology, rental companies can standardize their fleet on a few projector models, tune the light output to the requirements of the event and limit the running cost of their projector fleet."

Designed with the road in mind

The heavy-duty HDF and HDQ projectors are built for the live event industry and have been designed with the road in mind. Thanks to their rugged metal chassis, extended wireless control features, built-in image processing technology, preview mode and Xenon lamp, these high-brightness projectors are perfect for large venues and events.

Flawless image quality

Like the HDX projector family, the new HDF and HDQ projectors are equipped with on-board image processing technology that's based on Barco's renowned ImagePRO signal processor with Athena scaler, offering high-quality and flexible scaling capabilities. A reference in the events market, the state-of-the-art image processing technology boosts creativity and decreases the time it takes to get sources on screen the way users want. All of Barco's HD rental projectors - including the HDX, HDF and HDQ families - are equipped with Xenon lamps and a high-contrast optical engine that guarantee vivid colors and present audiences with crisp, stunning images on every occasion.

Flexible control features

The HDF-W22 and HDF-W26 come with a WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution, while the ultra-bright HDQ-2K40 offers a 2K (2048x1080) resolution. The projectors are controlled via a user-friendly, built-in color LCD screen with a preview mode - or, users can easily control their projector via a smart phone or tablet computer. And, thanks to the straightforward user interface, they can be set up in no time.

Available in Q3

The HDF projectors will be commercially available as of Q3 2012, while the HDQ will be available as of Q4 2012. The Barco light-on-demand technology will be available through a simple firmware upgrade as of Q4 2012.

Barco at InfoComm

Barco will be showcasing its brand-new large venue projectors at InfoComm in Las Vegas, USA, from 13 to 15 June 2012. You will find us in the Central Hall, booth #C6836.

About Barco

Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with more than 3,500 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.041 billion euro in 2011.