Barco announced the introduction of the F400-HR, calling it the industry’s first single-chip native 4K resolution projector and aiming it at the training and simulation markets. The F400-HR is developed to bring 4K image quality to advanced simulator systems. Using a 4,096 x 2,176 DCI 4K chip, it can also show 6K and higher resolution using its built-in pixel-shift capability. It also offers high-speed processing of up to 240 Hz at native 4K resolution.
Built on the Barco Pulse platform, the F400-HR also benefits from the high bandwidth capacity of this software architecture. Barco Pulse features an expansion port for optional modules to increase the range of standard inputs, and the API enables partners to integrate custom management tools and value-add features to complement the projector’s software.
The F400-HR is fully rated for shock and vibration, making it fit for use on motion platforms. The electronics and hardware are built around an H-beam-shaped aluminum core to give the projector a strength-to-weight ratio. This design also facilitates simplified maintenance and service, with critical components directly accessible from top and bottom.
Also available is the purpose-built FS400-HR, designed for NVG simulation applications. This projector adds a dedicated IR light source to the F400-HR’s solid-state RGB light engine, allowing for individual control of visible light and IR intensity.
Complementing the launch of the two new native 4K simulation projectors is the ultra-high resolution EN83 lens, optimized for native 4K and higher resolutions. The EN83 has an extremely high optical quality and is designed to maximize brightness, eliminate dust contamination and to withstand motion and vibration through an improved barrel design. The lens is the first in the new Barco FLC series of lenses designed for the new native 4K projection platform. The F400-HR series is also compatible with the current FLD-type lenses safeguarding past investments when updating to higher-performance visual systems.