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SIM2’s Solar Series LCD with Dolby Vision LED Backlight

Amsterdam — SIM2 Multimedia and Dolby Laboratories have unveiled the latest in high-dynamic-range (HDR)-enabled LCD flat-screen display technology featuring Dolby Vision during the 2009 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) Show, February 3-5 in Amsterdam. SIM2 plans to make the new SIM2 Solar Series “professional unit” available in the second quarter of 2009, and the “consumer unit” will formally launch at CEDIA EXPO in September.

SIM2’s Solar Series includes a 47-inch LCD display utilizing Dolby Vision technology. Dolby Vision features a proprietary algorithm that manages LEDs behind the liquid crystal panel. Each LED is controlled individually in concert with the image on display. By selectively turning off the backlight behind black areas in scenes, Dolby Vision allows those areas to become truly black. Dolby Vision also has the ability to selectively brighten the backlight behind bright areas, allowing them to truly radiate. SIM2’s Solar Series delivers outstanding contrast combined with crisp brightness for a picture quality that matches real-world visual perception of depth, detail, and color.

SIM2 worked in collaboration with Dolby for reference design and prototype development, while simultaneously designing the production models from the ground up. Using proprietary technologies, SIM2 created not only an unmatched reference quality display capable of delivering spectacular images, but one that leads the next generation of flat-panel displays.

The Solar Series display is able to handle 16-bit processing for HDR signals, producing an astounding 65,536 shades per color, smashing the number of colors (1,024) shown by the most advanced current displays. The new display renders smooth images that jump from the screen-the result is simply amazing compared to conventional displays.

The core of the system, the Back Light Unit (BLU) and Dolby Vision processing, enables the display to deliver astonishing picture quality, while maintaining the overall power efficiency of the system. What’s more, SIM2’s HD scaling and de-interlacing capabilities maintain purity under actual content-playback conditions, and do much to enhance the perceived quality of lesser formats.

SIM2 Solar Series Specs in Brief
• Display: LCD panel and power LED BLU (2,206 high-power LEDs) plus HDR technology
• Peak brightness: >4000 cd/m2
• Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Full HD
• Contrast ratio (full on/full off): Infinite (over 1,000,000:1)
• Full 16-bit processing (65,536 shades per color) and widest range of displayable colors
• Luminance uniformity: more than 95 percent through the LCD panel
• White point: adjustable
• Professional inputs, including HD-SDI
• Silicon: Xilinx Virtex field programmable gate array (FPGA) chipsets