Laser Technologies

Light generated with laser diodes inherently have a longer and more stable brightness level that decreases at a much slower rate than conventional lamp based systems. The laser technology offers the highest image quality while its operating life span far exceeds traditional lighting methods. Under ‘Why Laser’ you can find many more benefits listed.

The three most important technologies, laser phosphor, RB laser and RGB laser, are described below.


Laser Phosphor Technology based on 3LCD Panel Technology

Cost-effective Laser Phosphor projectors use an array of blue laser LEDs to create the blue colour in the final image, but another blue laser is also used to illuminate a yellow phosphor wheel, which emits the yellow light. This yellow light is then split by a filter into green and red light components.

Blue laser based LCD projectors use three LCD panels to generate the red, green and blue picture part of the visualisation, leading to vivid colour representation.

  • Vivid colour representation
  • High brightness
  • Low projector weight

Laser Phosphor Technology based on 1-chip DLP Technology

These blue laser based DLP projectors use one micro-mirror-device engine (DLP chip).

Single chip DLP plus colour wheel projectors generate the red, green and blue coloured parts of a picture step by step, providing natural colour representation.

  • Natural colours and good brightness uniformity
  • High brightness
  • Excellent white reproduction
  • Compact size

Laser Phosphor Technology based on 3-chip DLP Technology

3-chip DLP projectors generate the three coloured parts of a picture in parallel, generating improved colour representation and brightness uniformity.

  • Excellent colours and very good brightness uniformity
  • High brightness
  • DCI (Digital Cinema Initiative) compliant colour space

RB Laser Technology based on 3-chip DLP Technology

RB laser technology combines the advantages of brilliant colour reproduction with cost efficiency. In RB laser projection a blue laser is used to create the blue colour and a red laser is used to create the red colour in the final image. The green colour is generated by a green phosphor wheel emitting green light. Picture processing is realised with 3 chip DLP technology.

This technique allows very efficient light reproduction by avoiding optical filters resulting in more intense and more natural colours especially in the red colour segment plus a higher brightness output.

  • Brilliant colours and brightness uniformity
  • Higher brightness
  • Lower power consumption
  • High light efficiency
  • Wider colour space

RGB Laser Light Source with 3-chip DLP Technology

RGB laser uses the so-called ‘pure laser’ technology. Red, green and blue lasers are delivered directly to the 3 DLP image chips. The product of this technique creates a light pipe consisting of absolutely pure light that is split into the three RGB components. The light is emitted in very narrow RGB bands with very distinct spectral frequencies. This technology allows the creation of a large colour space that easily exceeds even that of Adobe-RGB or DCI and can already cover the demanding Rec. 2020 colour space.

  • Best colours and brightness uniformity
  • Highest brightness
  • Adobe-RGB, DCI compliant, Rec. 2020

Hybrid Light Source

A Hybrid Projector uses both laser and LEDs in a single platform. Sharp/NEC is not using this technology because of its limited colour gamut and difficulties in reproducing accurate colours.

Different Types of Laser Beams

Sharp/NEC only uses beam-expanded laser technology which spreads the light energy over a much larger area than a non-beam-expanded equivalent. This results in a far lower energy density than for example in a typical hand-held laser pointer, and therefore pose the same safety risks as a conventional lamp based projection system.

Sharp/NEC has developed their laser technology which strictly observes all safety guidelines comes with comprehensive procedures for proper installation, operation, and maintenance of the systems.

Non-Beam Expanded
Coherent light output
High energy density
Beam Expanded
Expanded light beam
Low energy density