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Barco Introduces 20,000-lumen Rental Projector with Light-on-Demand Option

Press Release  |  Jun 12, 2013

The HDX-W20 FLEX shares the on-board image processing, compact design, easy servicing, and preview mode features with its
W12, W14 and W18 cousins, but offers a light output of 20,000 lumens

Kortrijk, Belgium, 12 June 2013 – Barco, a global leader in projection technology, is proud to expand its successful HDX family of three-chip DLP projectors with a new member. The HDX-W20 FLEX shares the on-board image processing, compact design, easy servicing, and preview mode features with its W12, W14 and W18 cousins, but offers a light output of 20,000 lumens. What’s more, the HDX-W20 FLEX will be standard equipped with the light-on-demand option, which gives rental companies the flexibility to tune their projector’s light output to the specific needs of their customer’s event. Barco will unveil the new HDX-W20 FLEX projector at InfoComm, from 12 to 14 June. The HDX-W20 FLEX will be commercially available as of mid-July.

“By adding this fourth member to our high-performance HDX series of large venue projectors, we satisfy customer requirements for more brightness out of a compact projector model,” says Alexis Skatchkoff, Product Manager at Barco. “We have also upgraded the light-on-demand option to 20,000 lumens – replacing the 18,000 lumens available on the HDX-W18 FLEX. With our unique light-on-demand technology on the HDX, HDF and HDQ series, 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.”

Flawless image quality

The brand-new HDX-W20 FLEX’s Xenon lamps and high-contrast optical engine guarantee crisp, stunning images with rich colors on every occasion. What’s more, with the light-on-demand option, the projector can be configured to generate any light output between 10,000 and 20,000 lumens in incremental steps of 2,000 lumens. Like the other HDX projectors, it is equipped with on-board image processing technology based on Barco’s renowned ImagePRO signal processor with Athena scaler, offering high-quality and flexible scaling capabilities. The heavy-duty HDX projectors are built for the live event industry and come with a rugged metal chassis for optimal durability.

SENSIO® Autodetect and 3D Decoder for multi-format detection and decoding In addition to all these features, from now on, the SENSIO® Autodetect and SENSIO® 3D Decoder technologies will be integrated in the Barco HDX, HDF and HDQ 3D card. The SENSIO® Autodetect technology allows for reliable and fast detection of the most commonly used 3D frame-compatible formats - including the award-winning SENSIO Hi-Fi 3D format used in theaters worldwide and for live 3D events - while the SENSIO® 3D Decoder enables their decoding. Used together, they allow for a high-quality and universal solution for 3D content decoding while eliminating all the complexities, costs and configuration issues associated with the manual selection of formats. “In this period of flourishing 3D activity, SENSIO’s solutions add powerful functionalities to our events projectors and are the perfect answer to our partners’ need for comprehensive 3D systems that operate smoothly. Thanks to SENSIO’s technology our projectors display perfect 3D images,” comments Mr. Skatchkoff. “What’s more, they can easily be upgraded for this 3D option in the field by installing a 3D card.”

Direct warp capability and full mobile phone support The HDX, HDF and HDQ series projectors now also come with new firmware that supports direct warping. This revamped warp interface allows users to immediately see the warped image after correction, thus guaranteeing faster and more accurate adjustments, even without a PC. All of Barco’s HDX, HDF and HDQ projectors come with extended wireless control capabilities, which have been updated for full mobile phone support in the latest version of the projector software. Thanks to this upgrade, users can now control their projector via mobile phone and send instructions to the projector via SMS.

Visit us at InfoComm

Barco will be showcasing its latest projection technology at InfoComm, Orlando, Florida, from 12 to 14 June, at booth #2543.

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 about 3,900 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.156 billion euro in 2012.

About SENSIO Technologies Inc. (SENSIO)

SENSIO Technologies Inc. ( has been leading the floor in bringing 3D video to the consumer since 1999. Its vision, expertise and state-of-the-art solutions, based on diversified stereoscopic image-processing technologies, have been trusted by some of the biggest names in the media and entertainment industries to power numerous industry firsts, initiate new business models and generate immediate revenue with a distinctive 3D offering.

SENSIO enables its clients to deliver the best possible 3D experience for the end-user through a broad portfolio of products, including its flagship, award-winning technology, SENSIO® Hi-Fi 3D. Through SENSIO solutions, consumers can access – with effortless interaction and complete peace of mind – 3D content of superior quality to common frame-compatible formats distributed over existing infrastructure (cable, satellite or over IP) and displayed using any existing digital equipment (cinema, home cinema, TV, game consoles or PC). SENSIO is listed on the Toronto TSX Venture Exchange.

SENSIO® is a registered trademark of SENSIO Technologies Inc.