Digital Projection launched the Satellite Modular Laser System (Satellite MLS) for the North American market on Thursday. This allows the separation of the pure laser light engine, with the associated power and thermal management, to a remote location. It then enables a compact and virtually silent projection “head” that primarily contains optics, video processing and cooling related to the image modulators.
Given the modular components that comprise the Satellite MLS system, integrators can easily design a custom one-to-many or many-to-one configuration between the MLS light sources and the Satellite projection heads:
- A single 10,000 lumen MLS light module illuminates multiple projection heads in a one-to-many configuration, equally splitting and providing matched brightness to each head through the life of the illumination system. Intelligent control mechanisms ensure lumen matching of up to four Satellite projection heads, while reducing system downtime for scheduled maintenance.
- In a many-to-one configuration, multiple 10,000 lumen MLS light modules can be combined to illuminate a single, ultra-compact Satellite projection head. This creates compact and quiet projection heads that produce light output, up to 40,000 lumens.
As integrated projectors have become brighter, they have inevitably grown larger, heavier, louder, more expensive and more-power hungry — factors that create challenges for installations and applications.
However, the Satellite MLS provides a modular approach utilizing fiber optics to transport pure RGB laser illumination from the light source to the Satellite head. In addition to the on-screen benefits that RGB laser illumination offers, including REC2020 color space, the Satellite MLS’ design allows the light source and projection head to be separated by as much as 100 meters.
Each Satellite projection head is designed with a closed-loop cooling system, sealing all of the critical optical components from the ingress of contaminants. A further benefit of the reduced thermal dissipation and small size of the projection heads is that, when required, supplementary environmental enclosures become easier to design and manufacture, further reducing total system costs.
The Satellite MLS product line has been developed to provide WUXGA, Native 4K and 8K resolutions and will also include Digital Projection’s recent INSIGHT 4K HFR 360 solution for immersive and collaborative 4K-3D environments. Systems can be configured to produce from 2,500 lumens up to 40,000+ lumens per projection head.