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21st Century 3D Introduces Uncompressed 4:4:4 Stereoscopic Camera System - 3DVX3
3D-News Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2006 (17:09 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Yesterday, 21st Century 3D announced the introduction of the 3DVX3, the latest in their line of digital stereoscopic motion picture camera systems. The 3DVX3 represents 21st Century 3D's most significant advance in stereoscopic camera technology to date. This newly developed 3D camera-recorder features numerous evolutionary advances over previous 3DVX models, while maintaining the compact form factor and self contained design that has been a distinctive feature since the first generation.

Foregoing tape, a unique direct to disk recording system captures RAW CCD data in 4:4:4 RGB color space at 10 bits per channel, producing remarkably vivid 3D images at up to 1280x720 per eye, 24fps progressive. This unique capture method provides industry leading dynamic range and color fidelity, more akin to motion picture film than digital video. The genlock synchronized system features two entirely discreet image channels simultaneously captured by 6 CCDs, two on board CPUs running Mac OS X with over 2.8ghz of processing power, 2gb of RAM, 8gb of flash memory and a maximum record time of one hour per eye on paired sets of 100gb removable 7200 RPM drives.

As in previous 3DVX cameras, the Panasonic AG-DVX100A serves as the core of the camera section. The 3DVX3 bypasses resolution and color limitations imposed by miniDV and takes full advantage of the higher resolution and 36 bit color quality the CCDs provide. Data is taken directly from the analog to digital converters and sent over USB 2.0, providing 600% more information than would be recorded to digital tape. An advanced demosaic algorithm is employed to achieved 1280x720p resolution. Since no color decimation or spatial compression is applied to any of the color channels, the 3DVX3 greatly exceeds the image quality of many HD and HDV systems.

The built in recorder of the 3DVX3 is comprised of two extensively modified Apple Mac Mini computers. The compact size and CPU horsepower offered by the Mac Mini coupled with the power of Mac OS X make the 3DVX3 a truly unique camcorder. Flash memory modules replace hard drives in the Mac Minis for fast booting and reduced operating temperature.

The all-new binocular electronic viewfinder utilizes high quality optics and the latest LCOS technology to provide a bright and crisp 800x600 (per eye) SVGA display under 10x magnification. The uncompressed output can be monitored via the BEVF or the built in left and right analog VGA ports. Analog composite, S-video and digital IEEE1394 ports are also available for standard definition monitoring or additional output options. An external S-video multiplexer allows for high quality field sequential output and even more flexibility in terms of previewing 3D images in real time.

Focus settings for both optical blocks are now controlled via a synchronized optoelectric mechanism that adds mere ounces to the system and allows precise control over left and right eye focus with one convenient follow focus knob. This new method reduces weight as compared to previous designs, improves accuracy and eliminates the backlash associated with a geared stereo focus system. Zoom functions are also now electronically linked for improved ergonomics and accuracy as well as significant weight reduction as compared with previous generations.

Left and right eye lens apertures are now synchronized by a dual channel galvanometric system that ensures matched exposure to both CCD arrays with just one user operated dial. The system provides accurate and consistent brightness and contrast between left and right images and makes "run 'n gun" 3D shooting a reality. Interaxial spacing has been significantly reduced to 2.75" (69.85mm) for a more natural simulation of human vision. An all new carbon fiber and aluminum matte box with two stage filter holder allows a wide range of industry standard 4"x5.6" filters to be employed.

Because of its advanced design, which integrates dual on board Mac OS CPUs, dual high-speed hard drives, a high res binocular LCOS electronic viewfinder, high data rate USB 2.0 interface and a 6CCD camera head, the 3DVX3 has unusually high power requirements. To meet these demands, 21st Century 3D turned to Anton/Bauer, the worldwide standard in custom power systems. Their state of the art Dionic 160 offered the best balance between power output and weight. Additionally, Dionic 160 is one of the only batteries in the industry that can power the 3DVX3 at all. This battery is constructed with specialized lithium ion cells originally designed for high rate military applications. Because of these low resistance cells, Dionic 160 meets the power requirements of the 3DVX3 with a total output of up to 10 amps - a capability usually reserved only for nickel based chemistries. Dionic 160 weighs 30% less than a HyTRON 120 but has 30% more capacity, allowing the 3DVX3 to run for up to 2 hour of continuous operating time. An AC power supply based on a modified Anton/Bauer Titan 70 has also been developed.

This advanced battery technology contributes in part to the camera's overall weight of just 24 pounds making the 3DVX3 the industry's smallest and lightest high definition stereoscopic camcorder. The 3DVX3 can easily go places and do things that competitive 3D systems simply cannot. Car mounts, steadicam and hand held operation are complex challenges with other systems, but easy options with the 3DVX3. Other high definition 3D camera systems can weigh three times as much as the 3DVX3 or more, and often require separate recording hardware and large support crews. Furthermore, these systems cannot match the dynamic range afforded by the uncompressed 10 bit image quality. The 3DVX3 allows for more setups per day and requires smaller crews to operate. This translates to more efficient production. Directors and cinematographers can now concentrate on producing high quality 3D content without the cumbersome delays and exorbitant expense associated with traditional 3D shoots.

"This is the camera we set out to create two years ago," says 3DVX3 inventor Jason Goodman. "It's an evolutionary design that builds on our previous work and takes what we've done to the next level with 1280x720p stereoscopic high definition and outstanding dynamic range. At the same time, it's an entirely new design in that we've abandoned tape and created so many new components. The uncompressed image quality and remarkable color fidelity add so much subtle detail that really enhances stereoscopic quality in a profound way. This is the next generation in live action 3D production."

The 3DVX3 is available for worldwide hire exclusively through 21st Century 3D. 21st Century 3D is a leading provider of stereoscopic motion picture content and technology. For more information about 21st Century 3D and their 3DVX camera technology, visit their website at http://www.21stcentury3d.com

Barco's stereoscopic dome projection: a world's first at the IMAX Tycho Brahe Planetarium, Copenhagen
3D-News Posted: Monday, January 16, 2006 (18:48 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


IMAX Tycho Brahe Planetarium, Denmark's most advanced centre for popularizing astronomy and space research, has cooperated with Barco for a world's first: a 1,000 m² full stereoscopic projection on its impressive 24 meter large dome. As a prime contractor, Barco partnered with 7th Sense for the Image generating hard- and software, with nWave for spectacular 3D stereoscopic content and with Infitec for advanced stereoscopic eye-wear.

Since January 11th, the audience has been immersed in new breathtaking stereoscopic experiences, as well as views of the night sky, company presentations and IMAX films.

To reach unequalled stereoscopic immersion, Barco implemented its state of the art Infitec (Interference Filter Technology) stereo technology in a two channel passive stereo configuration using 4 Barco GALAXY 12 3-chip DLP projectors. The INFITEC technology splits the color spectrum in two parts: one for the left and one for the right eye. Filters inside the projectors and corresponding viewing glasses ensure that each eye only sees the part corresponding to its viewpoint, resulting in stereoscopic depth perception.

To ensure the units operate seamlessly together on a hemispherical screen, a range of dedicated functionalities is incorporated in the Barco GALAXY projectors: WARP predistorts the image for a correct geometry on the dome screen. DYNACOLOR corrects the projector's color rendering, which is modified by Infitec's spectral filtering for accurate 3D viewing without any ghosting, CLO (Constant Light Output) ensures all projectors in the 2-channel system maintain the same brightness and contrast level, independent of lamp life, Proprietary Optical Soft Edge Matching blends the pictures of all projectors into one overwhelming single stereoscopic image.

For easy maintenance and optimal performance at all times the installation is equipped with Barco's own proprietary LDAT laser array system, allowing accurate and fast alignment of the display system and continuous backup in case a projector would fail/reach the end of life.

As the incorporated Infitec filter can be switched off, the projectors can also be used for mono projection.

This 2-channel GALAXY 12 system displaying 1920 x 1080 HDTV images on a spherical screen in the Tycho Brahe Space Theatre is a unique achievement for Barco as it is the first application with passive stereo based on the Infitec technology in the market of 3D theatres.

Naples University selects Barco projection wall for Virtual Reality Laboratory
3D-News Posted: Friday, January 13, 2006 (15:10 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The Virtual Reality Laboratory of the Centro Regionale di Competenza Trasporti at the University of Naples is to play an essential role in the progress and development of the Italian industry and technology in the Campania region. For this project, system integrator Italtech Solutions Spa. partnered with SGI to provide the image generating computers and with Barco for the 1:1 scale interactive 3-channel stereoscopic visualization system.

For the Centro Regionale di competenza trasporti the state-of-the-art virtual reality laboratory will prove to be a unique asset to perform all tests on vehicles, propulsion and systems relating to Technology, Environment, Safety and Transport.

The Barco CADWall, which is the core of the virtual reality laboratory, totals a stereoscopic visualization surface of 18m², powered by an impressive combination of latest state of the art VR technology.

Three Barco Galaxy 6 Classic projectors in a rear-projection configuration deliver the brightness needed to produce active stereoscopic pictures. Each projector is equipped with a dedicated optical/electronic edge blending in order to produce the information of the three channels as a single large picture. Optical/electronic blending allows maintaining optimal contrast in the overlapping blending zones. The high refresh rate of the Galaxy projectors alternates the left eye information with the right eye information in full synchronization with the electronic stereoscopic eyewear of the viewers. Active stereo is known for its excellent stereo separation so users perceive the stereoscopic images as if it were reality.

A proprietary developed high-contrast, multi-layer screen of 7.5 m x 2.16 m with gain, reflection and diffusion characteristics matching the high-brightness 3-chip DLP projectors, delivers high contrast pictures with perfect brightness and color uniformity over the total screen area. The wide viewing angle allows larger teams to work in optimal viewing conditions.

Finally for interaction between user and virtual reality, Barco has integrated ART optical tracking in the CADWall. This wireless tracking system measures position and orientation of the user to provide feedback to the computer. The software recalculates the image and adapts the viewing angle according to the point of view of the user.

Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference 2006
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 (20:23 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


This year's Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference will take place from January 16th to 18th at the Jose McEnry Convention Center in San Jose, California/USA.

Topics will include a short course "Stereoscopic Display Application Issues", the three-day event "Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XVII" with Papers, 3D Theatre, SD&A Dinner, a Phantogram Exhibit, Demo Session, Discussion Forum and Keynote speech. The last day is reserved for "The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality Conference".

The conference includes technical paper sessions on Applications of Stereoscopy, Stereoscopic Human Factors, Stereoscopic Projection, Stereoscopic Cinema, Stereoscopic Image Processing, Stereoscopic Rendering, Autostereoscopic Displays, Integral 3D Imaging, Stereoscopic Software, and Stereoscopic Developments.

A 3D Theatre Session is scheduled for Monday, January 16th. The aim of this session is to illustrate how 3D video is being used and produced around the world. 3D Screening Session Titles include "Misadventures in 3D" (nWAVE), "Livin LG" (21st Century 3D), "Pump-Action" (Captain 3D), "Super 3-D Demo Reel" (SimEx-Iwerks), "The World Heritage Shiretoko" (NHK), "Cosmic Cookery" (University of Durham), "Space News" (Enxebre Systems) and many more.

This year, the keynote presenter is Hugh Murray from IMAX Corporation. His keynote presentation is titled "3D Animation in Three Dimensions" and will include a discussion of the evolution of The Polar Express into a IMAX 3D movie. The talk will also include 3D-HD video projection.

The program for the 2006 SD&A conference is now available from the conference web site: http://www.stereoscopic.org/2006/index.html

Matrox introduces world's first single-card solution for digital stereoscopic monitors
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 (23:32 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Matrox Graphics Inc. introduces Parhelia Precision SDT, the world's first single-card solution for digital stereoscopic (stereo-3D) monitors like the Planar SD1710. Such displays have 2 LCD flat panels mounted one over the other and a special polarized glass filter mounted between them. A realistic 3D view can be seen when looking at the glass filter though correspondingly polarized glasses.

Other graphics cards for such displays require a separate add-in card to mirror the image for the top panel. Eliminating the need for this extra card reduces costs and improves reliability.

"The SD1710 display is used with demanding applications that require robust hardware like the Parhelia Precision SDT graphics card," says Scott Robinson, research scientist at Planar. "With its integrated support for Planar StereoMirror technology, this Matrox card makes for an attractive bundle with our digital stereo monitors."

"This graphics card brings the quality, performance, and reliability of the proven Parhelia architecture to digital stereoscopic displays," says Samuel Recine, Product Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. "This solution is ideal for mission-critical 3D applications like viewing stereoscopic satellite imagery. The LCD-based panels and passive polarized glasses also make the display more reliable and more appropriate for long view times."

This product includes hardware-based OpenGL® (2D/3D) acceleration with quad-buffered stereoscopic support. For the multi-display support required with many stereoscopic workstations, Parhelia Precision SDT has been certified to work together with other Parhelia-series graphics cards. For more information on this and other Matrox products, see http://www.matrox.com/mga/workstation/3dws/products/home.cfm

Pricing and availability

Matrox Parhelia Precision SDT is available now at a list price of US-$799. For more information, call Matrox Sales at 1(800)361-1408 (North America) or send an e-mail to technicalsales@matrox.com.

Toshiba brings Flatbed 3D displays to CES 2006
3D-News Posted: Monday, January 9, 2006 (12:55 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Toshiba's breakthrough display technology delivers the power of 3D images on flatbed displays with no need for special glasses. New areas of 3D application realized by the technology include arcade games, e-learning, simulations of buildings and landscapes-even 3D menus in restaurants. Toshiba has already announced 24-inch and 15.4-inch displays, and CES will see the debut of the latest model, a 7.2-inch small-size display that shows how Toshiba is bringing 3D capabilities to mobile applications.

DDD Debuts TriDef RealTV 3D TV Solution
3D-News Posted: Friday, January 6, 2006 (15:26 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


DDD Group plc announced the first public demonstration of the TriDef(R) RealTV(TM) 3D television solution that combines DDD's TriDef(R) Vision (TM) set top converter box with Arisawa's range of PC and home theater 3D displays.

From January 5th to January 8th, visitors to DDD's Adult Entertainment Expo booth (11-500) at the Sands Expo Center will be able to see a full range of 3D displays including 80" projection screens, 40" and 30" 3D LCD TVs and 17" PC displays and the very latest second generation 2.2" mobile phone displays.

DDD has teamed with Digital Playground, the undisputed leader in interactive adult formats, and will be screening sequences from the nationally acclaimed "Pirates" feature movie, converted to 3D in real time using the Vision set top box.

Vision automatically converts most popular consumer video formats to 3D as they are watched, allowing any broadcast, DVD and videocassette content to be presented in 3D on the latest 3D displays and projection systems.

The Vision is compatible with DVD, video and broadcast standards used in the United States, Japan and Europe. Vision also supports twin projectors allowing it to be used in trade show and professional/educational venues where big screen 3D is required for large audiences.

On each day of the show, visitors will be able to enter a prize draw to win a 17" Arisawa 3D display and Vision set top box so they can be amongst the first to enjoy 3D at home.

"We recognize that adult content has been a key early adopter of many consumer entertainment formats," said Chris Yewdall, Chief Executive of DDD. "Since the AEE Show is held at the same time as the Consumer Electronics Show, it provides an ideal opportunity for us to demonstrate consumer response to a wide range of 3D products to our customers in the consumer electronics industry."

"We were very impressed when we saw the TriDef RealTV system," said Ali Joone, Founder of Digital Playground. "The 3D effect enhances our content and allows the viewer to feel like they're part of the experience. It's the next frontier in interactive adult entertainment."

The FIFA World Cup comes to the world - in 3D!
3D-News Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2006 (15:39 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


For the first time in history, the inimitable FIFA World Cup trophy will travel the globe in a whirlwind tour ahead of next summer's festival. Neither the current trophy, designed and recently given a comprehensive renovation by Italian sculptor and creator Silvio Gazzaniga, nor its predecessor the Jules Rimet Cup have ever before embarked on such an amazing journey.

The now-elderly Milan-based artist described his creation – perhaps the most recognisable statue on the planet: "The lines spring out from the base, rising in spirals, stretching out to receive the world. From the remarkable dynamic tensions of the compact body of the sculpture rise the figures of two athletes at the stirring moment of victory."

Given over happily by Brazil's Football Federation, the CBF, the Cup's current owners and the country to have won the FIFA World Cup trophy on five separate occasions – in order to undergo its refurbishment, the world's most famous trophy – after a brief stop at the official draw in Leipzig, Germany – will begin a tour of 31 cities in 28 countries on five continents in a four-month, 120-day tour to begin on 6 January in Africa.

Ghana get with the Programme

The official trophy – which most often is only seen on television or behind glass in the honour cases of the five countries lucky enough to have won the right to keep it on display for a four-year stretch – will make its first stop fittingly in Accra, Ghana. The West African nation – two-time world champions at world junior level – will be taking part in their first FIFA World Cup next June in Germany and the visit of the coveted icon will represent a visible symbol to the people of that country that they have most assuredly arrived on the world stage.

The lure of the official trophy is such that Ghana's president, John Agyekum Kufuor, is planning to come to see the trophy.

The World Cup itself will not be able to be touched by those in attendance – that one-in-a-million honour is the reserve of the world's best footballers every four years. But the presence of the actual trophy, passed proudly from Franz Beckenbauer and Germany in its first appearance at the finals in 1974 all the way to Cafu, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo's Brazil in the inaugural Asian finals in 2002 in Korea/Japan, will represent a stunning first for football fans.

The statue is the star of the show, and those lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket to one of the 31 tour stops will begin queuing up at the event hours in advance. Amid local entertainment and a carnival atmosphere, ticket holders will be ushered into a main hall, handed 3D glasses and shown into a darkened theatre.

A Celluloid prelude

First up on the programme, fans will be treated to a high-octane video exploring the majesty of past tournaments, great goals and all the energy and passion of the greatest sporting spectacle on earth.

After a few seconds for viewers to catch their breath, the 3D feature, exploring the almost mythical birth of the trophy itself, will wow the audience with its tremendous effects and distilled football fever. From the heavens and molten beginnings, the trophy emerges among the stars and is given a fictional ‘birth' befitting its vaunted status in the real world.

After the stunning proceedings, the high point of the day awaits. As the locals are led out of the darkened theatre they arrive to find the official trophy on display – the Holy Grail itself.

Able to either take pictures of the trophy themselves or have their picture taken with it, the golden statue symbolising the greatest of sporting accomplishments is every bit the star of the day.

But with a schedule to keep, the FIFA World Cup is only in town for two days and soon whisked off to its next stop in Nigeria, then Tanzania, then 2010 hosts South Africa, until having logged thousands of air miles it lands in Germany ahead of next summer's 18th finals where it will have earned a long rest before again taking centre-stage in the game's biggest theatre.

Philips 3D intelligent display solution, based on WOWvx technology, enables exciting 3D viewing experiences for high-impact out-of-home advertising
3D-News Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2006 (13:08 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Adding an extra dimension to digital signage, Philips 3D Solutions introduces its 3D intelligent display solution in the professional market. Featuring high quality 3D and 2D modes, the intelligent autostereoscopic display delivers full brightness and full contrast with true color representation thanks to Philips' WOWvx technology. Leveraging its patented multi-view Lenticular technology in combination with advanced 3D display signal processing, the display provides an extraordinary 3D viewing experience that stands out compared to conventional displays.

The new 42" 42-3D6C01 Comfort-line - now on sale - is designed for applications that require a 3D experience with maximum comfort. It allows multiple users to view 3D content at the same time within a large comfort zone, providing a sustainable 3D viewing experience without the need for special viewing glasses. The display can be applied for a broad range of applications, visualizing both 2D and 3D content with high picture quality.

Philips 3D intelligent display solution includes supports from 3D content creation up to true 3D visualization. A dedicated plug-in for 3dsMax* software is available that allows existing and new content to be exported to the 2D-plus-depth format. Using the 3DS Media Player, which can be integrated in existing software solutions for Digital Signage, the content can be played back. Next to the offline content creation, 3D interactive applications - games, gambling, simulation, etc. - can be visualized in real-time, using the 3DS Wrapper that can extract real-time depth information via OpenGL or DirectX. Finally, a Display Control Tool is provided that allows the end-user to modify the settings of the depth- and visualization parameters to their preference.

The 42" Comfort-line display solution is the first WOWvx based product that promises to help professionals create an amazing viewing experience with the latest technology to make content richer, more exciting, and more entertaining for the end-user so that it's almost "real". WOWvx provides the latest innovation in technology to attract the consumer's attention and is well positioned for use in digital signage, games, gambling, simulation, etc.

The 42" WOWvx 42-3D6C01 Comfort-line display system is sold in the USA through Philips 3D Solutions distribution channel at a MSRP of USD 17,500 plus tax.

New Cinema-Quality 3D Video Processor From Sensio Based on Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGAs
3D-News Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2006 (4:07 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Companies Extend Collaboration to Enhance 3D Entertainment Experience With Flexibility and Low-Cost Benefits of Xilinx 90nm Programmable Platforms

Xilinx, Inc. and SENSIO, maker of the SENSIO 3D stereoscopic processor, today announced the continuation of their six-year collaboration that has resulted in the development of breakthrough 3D video processing technology. The latest innovation from SENSIO, the SENSIO S3D-PRO processor, is implemented with Xilinx® Spartan-3(TM) programmable devices, the lowest-cost FPGA solution for a wide range of applications. When used in conjunction with conventional high-definition players, this next-generation processor enables 3D video output from any device in any format to provide a low-cost, cinema-quality video experience.

The SENSIO S3D-PRO processor, launched in conjunction with a state-of-the-art projector system from consumer electronic giant JVC at CEDIA 2005 in September, supports multiple video formats and is available in a number of configurations that target presentation venues with 5 to more than 300 seats, such as screening rooms, museums and theme parks. The launch of the S3D-PRO follows a successful introduction of its SENSIO S3D-100 Video Processing System at the 2003 Consumer Electronics Show, where it won the prestigious CES Product Innovation Award. This award-wining product also was based on the Xilinx Spartan family of devices.

"Xilinx programmable devices have been key to our pioneering technology and market success, and we had no doubt that their latest generation FPGAs could take our products to the next level," said Nicholas Routhier, President and CTO at SENSIO. "That meant working at higher frequencies, more powerful calculation capabilities, more block RAM and dedicated memory, and lots of external pins. And, of course, the flexibility to quickly change or upgrade the 3D options available in the processor based on customer requirements. Spartan-3 FPGAs provide all of this and more in a competitively priced and easy-to-use solution."

Breakthrough 3D Video Processor

The patent-pending universal output architecture of the SENSIO S3D-PRO processor makes it adaptable to a wide range of devices and applications and eliminates the need for multiple video servers and channels. Compared to alternative 3D approaches, it uses less processing power and eliminates synchronization problems to provide a low cost video server solution.

The performance and flexibility of the SENSIO processor required a versatile development platform for which Xilinx's Spartan-3 FPGAs are an ideal solution. Efficiently utilizing advanced 90-nanometer (nm) semiconductor technology, Spartan-3 devices provide SENSIO with the optimal mix of density and features at the lowest cost for their next-generation systems. The success with SENSIO underscores the unprecedented adoption of the Spartan-3 Series FPGAs across diverse markets such as consumer, digital video, industrial, medical and communications and computing.

"We have a great working relationship with SENSIO and are pleased to help them advance the state of the art in 3D video processing. Theirs is an ideal application of the power and versatility of our Spartan-3 FPGAs because it requires high performance, aggressive pricing, a wide range of features and on-the-fly programmability to stay in step with this fast moving market," said Clay Johnson, vice president and general manager of the General Products Division at Xilinx. "We look forward to continuing to enhance the SENSIO product line with our programmable platforms."

The Right Features at the Right Cost

Accurate and flexible clock timing is a critical design requirement to enable the variety of video resolutions supported by the SENSIO processor. Engineers were able to adjust frequencies without changing the external clock generator, using the Spartan-3 FPGA to drive clocks to other external components. Spartan-3 devices also provided the high frequency capabilities needed, both at the core of the processor as well as for input/output signals with rates of 100MHz and 200MHz, respectively. The SENSIO S3D-PRO processor also benefits from 36-bit dedicated multipliers available with Spartan-3 FPGAs to support large numbers of on-chip calculations.

SENSIO developers used the Xilinx Integrated Software Environment(TM) (ISE) that provides an intuitive suite of design tools for rapid development of Spartan-3-based designs. The SENSIO team extensively leveraged the advanced capabilities available with the latest release of the ISE software to save critical development time, including upgraded synthesis and compilation tools.

Icuiti Corp.-The Video Eyewear Company, announces the release of the award winning DV920 at the Consumer Electronics Show
3D-News Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2006 (4:04 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


DV920 Video Eyewear with Apple iPod on Display at CES

Icuiti Corporation, a leader in personal display solutions, announced today that their DV920 is in full production and ready for worldwide distribution. The DV920 is the world's first pocket-sized Video Eyewear that gives the user a unique home theater experience with most video sources, including the popular new Video iPod. The DV920 is also a 2006 winner of the prestigious CES Design and Engineering Award for the personal electronics category.

"We are obviously very excited with our DV920 Video Eyewear and can't wait for the general public to experience video on-the-go," said Paul Travers, President and CEO of Icuiti Corporation. "The DV920 will serve to enhance the current portable video revolution by offering the user an unparalleled high resolution video experience. It has the ability to display 2D and stunning 3D stereoscopic video in the privacy of your own portable home theater."

As part of the family of Video Eyewear products, the DV920 is a lightweight, self-contained home theatre that can be taken anywhere you would want to watch video. "Whether you want to view a full-length feature film on a plane or the beach, play video games or just check e-mail in total privacy, the DV920 can do it all." said Travers. "The combination of our Video Eyewear and the new video iPod gives the consumer a truly unique experience that they will want to take everywhere. It is the world's first truly mobile home theatre that you can hold in your hand."

Travers also stated "with all portable media players on the market today, the screen size is way too small to capture the kind of detail you need to comfortably view full length movies." The DV920 Video Eyewear allows for hands-free, private viewing all on a virtual 42" screen and will also plug and play with your PC or laptop for 3D gaming.

Priced at US$549, the DV920 is now available on Icuiti's website and through select retailers. Icuiti will be showing the DV920 at this year's Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, Booth IP214 in the Sands Convention Center.

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