Barco’s new 4K laser projector pushes the boundaries for museums and venues.
WFM Staff · October 13, 2017
Barco is extending its F-series platform with a flexible new projector, the F80. Billed as “the silent” F,” it features 4K resolution; the efficiency and economy of laser; and silent operation.
“For the F80, we really focused on users that require quality together with long term reliability,” says VP Events Carl Rijsbrack. “Typically, this could be in closer settings such as museum displays or corporate meetings. So the question of noise levels is important. These users can now have the image quality they require based on the latest projection technologies inside a compact unit.”
The F80 builds on the fundamentals of the other F-series phosphor laser projectors, with features including low maintenance and energy efficiency. The constant brightness and long-life color performance is further bolstered by Barco Pulse’s unique single step processing (SSPTM) technology that delivers 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution in one step. The projector is also ultra-silent. Koen Van Belle, product manager, Entertainment: “For the F80, our teams in Belgium, China and Norway combined all of our R&D expertise to develop a bright projector with superb colors using a brand new chip and then further optimized the noise level to make it silent. This is the first Barco projector that uses this new Texas Instruments® technology and the first in the world to push it to these light output levels.”
“We wanted to produce the best-in-class projector for museums, theme parks, virtual and augmented reality applications as well as executive boardrooms,” says director Strategic Marketing Peter Pauwels. “They want a projector that is reliable, flexible, easy to set up and use, cost-efficient and that projects superb colors at 4K resolution. The fact that it is also ultra-silent really opens up their options in terms of installation and use.”
The Barco F80 will be available from the fourth quarter of 2017.