Christie Debuts New MicroTiles LED

Nearly a decade after the launch of the original Christie MicroTiles (rear-screen DLP cubes), Christie has launched a new LED version called, appropriately, the MicroTiles LED. Marketed to be smaller, brighter and more flexible than the first-generation, Christie MicroTiles LED makes its global debut at ISE 2019 this week in Amsterdam.

Delivering P3 color space HDR-10 and patented software that claims to keep the wall calibrated at 97 percent or greater uniformity, Christie MicroTiles LED are designed for broadcast sets, corporation venues, museums, retail, stadiums, arenas and higher education. It includes a low profile ADA-compliant QuickMount system so displays can be created in any shape and size, including 90-degree inside/outside corners and both concave and convex curves.

New capabilities include 12-bit 4K color at 120Hz, input sources with HDR10 compliance, integrated image processing and scaling as well as simple switching are featured in the new MicroTiles LED.

The Christie MicroTiles LED use a proprietary QuickMount system (think: Barco UniSee), which eliminates alignment challenges typically associated with installing LED by using machined mounting sheets and wall anchors that can be installed onto nearly any surface. Once the laser cut sheet is mounted, the small size and light weight of the cabinet-free tiles reduces installation complexity while saving space and increasing flexibility. A single PoE Cat6 Ethernet cable is all that is required to connect each module to the entire display, reducing points of failure of typical LED cabinet design. With the click-n-go magnetic tiles, populating the display with LED tiles is fast.

Hot-swappable, front serviceable tiles give technicians complete access to all parts while indicator lights give technicians status confirmation. And, the remote power and control system allows components to be installed in accessible locations away from the video wall.

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The web-based control interface can be accessed from any connected device such as a laptop, tablet or mobile device. Debuting at ISE 2019, Christie MicroTiles LED comes with a three-year parts and labor warranty, which is extendable to five years, and ships in late spring 2019. More information is here.

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Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..