Barco develops detailed car styling visualization system for Daimler

22 January 2009 - Sindelfingen, Germany - Barco, a leading developer of innovative visualization solutions, is pleased to announce a successful installation of a high-end six-channel display system for premium car manufacturer Daimler AG. Daimler AG uses the display wall for exterior and interior design review, analysis and presentation of both monoscopic and 3D stereo visuals. In addition, Barco developed a single-channel display wall with the same image height for presenting additional designs. Both systems feature Windows desktop integration with user-friendly Barco software that enhances collaboration.

Daimler was looking for a new visualization system that would not only meet its highest demands, but would also be futureproof. After intense and successful demonstrations at the Barco headquarters and on site at Daimler AG in Sindelfingen, Daimler AG opted for a six-channel MegaCADWall system based on Barco's new Galaxy NH-12 projectors.

Image quality in general and color, brightness uniformity and resolution in particular were important to the car manufacturer. "The multi-channel setup we developed," says Dirk De Meulemeester, Barco project manager for Daimler, "presented one seamless image without visible color and brightness differences. The six-channel MegaCADWall designed for Daimler AG not only has excellent image uniformity, but also features an extremely high pixel density of 1,26mm per pixel."

Barco's 1080p HD, 12,000 lumens, three-chip DLP Galaxy NH-12 projector that powers the MegaCADWall comes equipped for active 3D stereo. It has the necessary features on board that enable it for multi-channel operation. Edge blending eliminates blurry overlap zones where projections converge, while DynaColor and linked constant light output (CLO) match color and brightness differences, to create one flawless composite image. In addition, the system's image quality is preserved by Barco's superflat high-contrast screen.

The entire display is piloted by Barco's award-winning XDS-1000 display management system. The XDS-1000 creates a widescreen Windows desktop across the 6m wide image. Through its XDS Control Center software, the display's users can view a multitude of local or networked sources simultaneously. This includes synchronous display of 3D stereo and 2D sources, or up to six 3D stereo sources simultaneously. Users control the display wall with keyboard and mouse, and can intuitively resize, move or make source windows overlap. Viewing multiple sources simultaneously enables Daimler's design teams to compare several designs at once, which increases the pace of decision-making.

The second display is used for flexible visualization of additional design reviews and presentation, and will be driven by a single NH-12 projector. Like the larger display system next to it, the NH-12 features the same Windows desktop integration capabilities through Barco's XDS Control Center suite. This renders operation on both systems the same, and dramatically lowers the threshold for users to make full use of their extensive multi-windowing capabilities.

Both the Galaxy NH-12 and NH-12 projector guarantee a lifetime that is 60% longer than similar three-chip DLP projectors, because of their revolutionary system architecture. Their sealed optical engines prevent dust from degrading their image quality, while their liquid cooling helps reduce noise levels to a minimum.

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 (Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3600 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of � million in 2007.

For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Barco Galaxy NH-12 projector page.