Barco has announced new details for what is set to be the world's first truly native 4K single-chip DLP projector that achieves its resolution without the need for pixel-shifting.
The development of the previously unnamed F400-HR was first teased in a video late last year following cancellation of the I/ITSEC simulation trade show where it was expected to be discussed. While full specs on the product remain unannounced, a video update released last week added considerably more detail about the projector's capabilities and the advances they represent for the simulation industry.
Developed as a high-performance but more cost-effective option for achieving 4K high resolution images, the F400-HR will use a single native-4K DLP array to produce images at up to 240 Hz frame rate, an accomplishment that's attributed to the application of massive processing power. The projector will also be capable of internal or external pixel-shifting to achieve what Barco describes as "much higher" resolutions. The high frame rate provides for better motion resolution—Barco says the F400-HR will meet demanding applications that require minimum 2.0 to 2.5 arc requirements, such as fast jet pilot and mission training, as well as advanced driving simulations and R&D applications.
The robust processing will also faciliate better performance on dual-input simulations, such as when infrared and color content are overlayed for night-vision goggle training, or simulations staged in stereoscopic 3D.
Although Barco has not released a lumen spec for the F400-HR, it will have a speckle-free, three-laser RGB light engine for fully solid-state operation with no moving phosphor or color wheels. It's fully rated for shock and vibration resistance for motion platforms, and steps are being taken to insure consistent light output and performance over the life of the projector.
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Barco says the F400-HR integrates the preexisting Barco Pulse communications interface and user platform found in its UDX, UDM, and F-series projectors, and will use its current FLD series lenses supplied for other Barco products.
If all goes according to schedule, Barco plans a public reveal of the F400-HR at this year's I/ITSEC, scheduled to begin November 29th. Other video updates will be shared later this year.
You can see both of Barco's current video updates at the F400-HR preview page on the company's website.