Elbit Systems of America and Laser Light Engines partner on new cinema-projection laser

March 27, 2013
Fort Worth, TX--Elbit Systems of America has contracted with Laser Light Engines (LLE; Salem, NH) to develop a manufacturing process for a new high-power, solid-state despeckled green-laser module called the LLE DSG-265.

Fort Worth, TX--Elbit Systems of America has contracted with Laser Light Engines (LLE; Salem, NH) to develop a manufacturing process for a new high-power, solid-state despeckled green-laser module called the LLE DSG-265.

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LLE develops red-green-blue (RGB) lasers and modules for digital cinema projection; Elbit Systems of America (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems in Haifa, Israel) is a manufacturer in the areas of commercial aviation, defense, homeland security, and medical instrumentation.

Ready now for cinemas

LLE has created RGB light engines with color-tunable red and green modules and despeckling technology for the green, which are ready for use in 2D and 3D digital cinema and other applications. The company's "universal" architecture enables its systems to plug and play with new projection systems, as well as upgrade tens of thousands of existing installations (probably including your local movie theater). The light can be piped via optical fiber from a single central booth to serve multiple screens at a large cinema.

"Now, with ESA's high-volume, precision manufacturing capabilities supporting us, we are well-positioned to meet the growing demand for laser-illumination systems for 2D and 3D digital cinema, digital signage, and other laser-illumination applications worldwide," says Bill Beck, founder and executive vice president of business development at LLE.

Conventionally, illumination for digital projectors has been delivered by high-pressure xenon gas-discharge lamps that are expensive to use and replace and are not steady in illumination intensity. The LLE DSG-265 laser will be incorporated into a complete RGB laser illumination system that uses much less power and lasts much longer than xenon lamps.

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John Wallace | Senior Technical Editor (1998-2022)

John Wallace was with Laser Focus World for nearly 25 years, retiring in late June 2022. He obtained a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and physics at Rutgers University and a master's in optical engineering at the University of Rochester. Before becoming an editor, John worked as an engineer at RCA, Exxon, Eastman Kodak, and GCA Corporation.

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