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The Sage/Faroudja DCDi deinterlacing/enhancement chipset, which received its first media coverage in our SMR CES 2001 report, has become a highly desirable feature in DVD players and display devices. But technology marches on, and under new parent company Genesis Microchip, DCDi has now matured to a second generation. The new single-ship FLI2300 retains the same deinterlacing and post processing advantages of its predecessor, including DCDi, reverse 3:2 pulldown film mode, motion adaptive video noise reduction, cross-color artifact suppression. The nonlinear enhancement functions from the separate FLI2220 chip have also been incorporated into a single chip, along with a 3D noise reducer. The forward-looking FLI2300 can now accept high definition as well as standard definition signals, and adds built-in programmable horizontal and vertical scaling up to SXGA (1280 × 1024). Click for a Larger Image
It can also perform aspect ratio conversion, either linear or nonlinear (panoramic stretch mode), to display 4:3 images on 16:9 displays and vice versa, with letterbox, fullscreen, pillarbox, and subtitle display options. It also has on-board video DACs for analog output applications, including DVD players and CRT HDTVs. Already included in a few new products such as the InFocus ScreenPlay 7200, look for the FLI2300 to become the deinterlacing chipset of choice in a DVD player or display near you. No samples of the chip were on display at CEDIA, but Robert Haefling of Genesis Microchip kindly sent us this photo.

Texas Instruments' Digital Light Projection (DLP) Technology was a major presence at CEDIA, as evidenced by the wave of front projectors based on TI's 2nd generation DLP chipset, the Mustang/HD2. At the core of the Mustang is an improved Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) optical semiconductor chip, with an array of up to 1.3 million hinged, microscopic mirrors that serve as optical switches, each mirror corresponding to one pixel in the projected image. With its native 16:9 aspect ratio, 1280 × 720 resolution and extended 12-degree mirror tilt, Mustang brings sharper detail, higher contrast, and better reaction times (700 times faster than LCD).

Coupled with more sophisticated color wheel implementations to control the rainbow artifacting associated with earlier DLP projectors, the new crop of Mustang-based DLP projectors from nine manufacturers looked very good indeed, bringing breakthrough levels of performances at the $10,000+ price range. Although rival LCD and D-ILA technologies also raised the performance bar with new products, DLP is gaining major momentum in the home projector market, thanks to a compelling combination of price, performance, and rapid technical advances. According to a recent Home Theater Research Group study, DLP projectors accounted for 76% of all Q2 2002 consumer sales in the USA, in addition the top five selling home projectors are DLP-based.

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In other DLP-related technology news, Stewart Filmscreen introduced the Firehawk, a screen for DLP projectors that uses a new optical coating that maximizes passive black level, shadow detailing and color saturation. The company claims the Firehawk offers a 40 percent peak foot lambert increase over all other gray screens, and preserves image contrast by dampening room cross light reflection by as much as 90 percent, making it more tolerant of ambient light. While screen performance is highly dependent on a number of installation factors, the potential benefits of pairing a Firehawk screen with DLP projector technology were dramatically apparent in the company's demo comparing the same image cast on a composite screen, with Firehawk on the right side and the company's older Studio Tek screen material on the left. Firehawk is available in a wide range of fixed and retractable configurations, at prices generally at the top of their respective categories. [] Click for a Larger Image
If you’ve ever wondered about what the Stewart Firehawk can do for less than ideal theater environments, then wonder no more. Note the direct lighting positioned within inches of this screen composed of Firehawk and Studiotek 130 screen materials. Stewart's goal is a screen that appears to be completely black, reflecting nothing other than the intended image! [] Click for a Larger Image

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