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Panasonic launches failsafe laser projectors for extended operation

Paddy Baker 13 November 2015
Panasonic RZ12K

Panasonic has introduced two new high-brightness laser projectors featuring a failsafe dual-driver laser optical engine, which provides a redundant light-source circuit within the projector.

The PT-RZ12K and PT-RS11K are both 3-chip DLP laser projectors, aimed at heavy users such as universities, museums and providers of digital signage. Both projectors boast native 120Hz frame rate and are equipped with frame interpolation technology, which scales 24/50/60Hz inputs to a higher frame rate, eliminating motion blur and increasing the motion picture sharpness.

Each projector produces 12,000 lumens of brightness at WUXGA (PT-RZ12K) and SXGA+ (PT-RS11K). The projectors are designed for 20,000 hours of projection performance, without the need for servicing or filter replacement, creating a virtually no-maintenance concept.

Both models include a fail-safe dual-driver laser optical engine and a new liquid cooling system, reducing operating noise and maximising the performance of the laser light source.

Hartmut Kulessa, European product marketing manager at Panasonic, said, “We think that these two new projectors open up the creative world of projected digital signage to all. The high brightness and no-maintenance concept make it possible to run the projectors for 12 hours a day for up to seven years, perfect for digital signage. The total cost of ownership makes laser projection favourable compared to lamp-based projection and comparable with flat panels.

“Many of the laser projectors on the market use a light source which is installed in series. So, like your Christmas tree lights, if one goes out most go out. We have engineered these projectors so that each individual LED is powered separately and are backed up by a failsafe laser light source redundancy circuit, so that any failures mean minimal reduction in brightness and colour uniformity. It adds two extra layers of reliability that are sure to appeal to AV professionals.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: The headline to this article was changed on 7 December 2015.

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