Imax ‘super’ projectors mean huge screen

'Super digital cinema' to be world's largest high-quality digital image

TORONTO — Nothing’s too big for Imax: It plans to build a new projector capable of showing pics on 80-foot-wide screens for the world’s largest high-quality digital image.

DLP cinema projectors are “super digital cinema” projectors, with twice the performance of digital cinema, the company said Monday. The DLP image will fill stadium-style theaters using Imax’s patent-pending digital cinema technology as well as Texas Instruments’ DLP Cinema technology.

Through its subsidiary DLP Cinema, Texas Instruments owns a chip comprised of 1.2 million mirrors that project a moving image. Imax subsid Digital Projection Intl. makes the projectors in which the DLP chip is used both for regular and large-format projection. Nine months ago, Imax and Texas Instruments signed a deal under which Imax has exclusive large format rights to the DLP chip.

“To date we have built early-stage working prototypes of the projector, and our intention is to roll out a production version late this year,” said Imax co-CEOs Richard Gelfond and Brad Wechsler in a statement.

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