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SIM2 Ships New LED Projector

SIM2 has begun shipping its single-chip, LED, full HD, DLP projector, the Mico 50. The lamp-free Mico 50 projector uses an LED light source to provide stable color characteristics and quick sequential picture information.

SIM2 has begun shipping its single-chip, LED, full HD, DLP projector, the Mico 50. The lamp-free Mico 50 projector uses an LED light source to provide stable color characteristics and quick sequential picture information, according to the company.

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SIM2 officials say the Mico 50's instant power on/off operates in less than a millisecond, while a liquid cooling system reduces noise to a very low level. SIM2 officials estimate the LEDs' lifetime at 30,000 hours, with no maintenance required. The projector also operates without a mercury-based lamp, eliminating hazardous disposal of used lamps.

"Our dealers were thrilled to see our continued R&D efforts hard at work, and we are proud to not only show but deliver on our promise of Mico 50," said Charlie Boornazian, vice president of sales and marketing for SIM2, in a statement.

The LED light source used in the design comprises three (red, blue, green) high-power Phlatlight LEDs by Luminus, directing light into the projector optics without going through a typical projector color wheel. According to the company, an LED light source can output a pure and narrow light spectrum, allowing higher light engine efficiency and high-quality color matching. The three LEDs write sequential color information directly onto the DLP chipset. SIM2's LED array remains consistent over its 30,000-hour lifespan, with an average lumen decrease of less than 5 percent after 2,000 hours, the company says.

SIM2's Mico 50 comes with Texas Instrument's latest Darkchip4 chipset and DynamicBlack technology, for HD images that boast a 100,000:1 contrast ratio. The LED optical engine reportedly offers around 20 percent more light output than its rivals.

An 8-bits-per-channel high-speed current driver balances the light intensity coming from the three LED modules, matching the projector's light output to the incoming video signal, says the company. The driver is capable of switching off the 30A driving current to each LED in less than 1 millisecond, and can turn off the LEDs to deliver blacker images during dark scenes.

Two lens options are available: T1 (short-throw) and T2 (long-throw). The total TR range is 1.5-3.5:1. Both lenses come with motorized zoom and focus control. The Mico 50 is equipped with both vertical and horizontal motorized lens shift, and comes with a high-gloss Gunmetal finish.

SIM2's Mico 50 is now available with a suggested retail price of $19,995 with the T1 or T2 lens.



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