Press Release

Christie To Install World’s First 3-Chip DLP® Projection System On Domed, Full-Motion Platform

Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program Features Ruggedized Christie Matrix Projectors Tackling 3-G Forces

I/ITSEC, Orlando - (December 4, 2006) - Christie, a leading provider of visual solutions for industry, entertainment and business, announced that it has developed the world’s first 3-Chip DLP® projectors for installation on a domed, full-motion flight simulation platform.  Developed for the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program (CMHP), the display system will utilize high-performance Christie Matrix projectors, specially engineered to withstand forces in excess of 3-Gs, to train pilots for the multi-role capability of the Sikorsky H-92 helicopter (designated the CH-148 by the Canadian Forces).

The complete array features ten Christie simulation projectors: eight Christie Matrix 4000 for the panoramic view, and two Christie Matrix S+2K for the chin window displays, which give the pilots’ extended view from lower level navigation windows.  ChristieTWIST™ image warping and enhanced edge-blending technologies will facilitate corrections for the complex screen shapes, while Christie’s Motorized Optical Blending will ensure seamless dark level blending for perfectly connected images and color uniformity.

The Christie projectors were selected by Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL), a leader in the design, production, and support of communication and aviation electronics for commercial and government customers.  Rockwell Collins will design and integrate the simulators and Christie will provide the projection display system.

“The CMHP visual display is an extraordinary accomplishment and proves beyond a doubt the reliability and capability of 3-Chip DLP technology in flight simulations,” remarked David Fluegeman, vice president of Christie’s Visual Environments group.  “Christie innovation and engineering expertise has taken DLP performance to a whole new dimension in demanding simulation training environments.”

Fluegeman added, “The complexity of the curvature of the screen presented additional challenges in order to get the sophisticated multiple projection array to follow the geometry flawlessly.  Since even the slightest misalignment could cause a significant distortion of the image, Christie designed special adjustable mounts to hold the projectors securely in place, with customized braces and clamps to immobilize the lenses.  As well, prior to integration, the projectors underwent extensive testing to ensure they could withstand an unprecedented amount of jarring and shaking.”

The installation is part of the Christie TotalVIEW™ solution, a comprehensive, customer-driven service backed by experienced professionals with hundreds of successful installations.


About Christie

Christie designs, builds and installs customized visual solutions to meet the most exacting visual requirements of organizations within energy, military training and simulation, manufacturing and design, pharmaceutical, aerospace, government agencies, and entertainment sectors. Christie sets the benchmark for high performance DLP® projection systems used in 3D stereo, Virtual Reality as well as simulation environments. Christie’s unique DLP-based systems, innovative structures and simulation solutions are found in major corporations and commercial and defense applications worldwide.  For more information about Christie and its diverse array of visual environments solutions, visit www.christiedigital.com.

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