February 5, 2019—Evans & Sutherland (E&S),
provider of Digistar, the world’s leading digital planetarium system, has
acquired 10 of the new Christie® D4K40-RGB RealLaser™ projectors
for its Dome Demonstration Center and for installation in the U.S. Space &
Rocket Center (USSRC) planetarium in Huntsville, Alabama.

The upgraded planetarium at USSRC will use the
first E&S “ESX” cinema system installed in the world, which includes five
Christie D4K40-RGB RealLaser projectors. The system will produce 8K images on
the 67-foot, 30-degree tilt dome. Scheduled to re-open in spring 2019, the new
system will replace the planetarium’s original IMAX equipment.  The
remaining five Christie D4K40-RGB projectors will be installed in E&S’
Demonstration Center, located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“We are proud to integrate Christie D4K40-RGB
pure laser projectors in demanding Evans & Sutherland venues
worldwide. We purchased ten of Christie’s first production units: five
will be used for our facility to demonstrate the capabilities of our Digistar
Planetarium and ESX Giant Dome Cinema products. The other five projectors will
be installed in the reconditioned dome at USSRC in Huntsville,
Alabama. Together with our world-class alignment and blending system, the
image looks stunning. We are excited to be the first to offer this powerful new
Christie RGB laser technology to the market,” says Kirk Johnson, President and
COO, Evans & Sutherland.

The Christie D4K40-RGB projectors produce
greater than 90 percent of the Rec. 2020 color space for rich, vibrant true-to-life
visuals – all built into a projector weighing less than half that of
its closest competitor. Delivering optimal illumination ​performance of 20,000 hours to 60%
brightness, 5000:1 contrast ratio, and up to 120 frames
per second, the Christie D4K40-RGB also features a new, patented, sealed
optical path. For typical installations, this translates into 8-plus years of
stable, uncompromising, virtually maintenance-free operation. Powerful yet
energy efficient, the Christie D4K40-RGB operates on single-phase 220V power,
making it significantly more cost-effective than competitor models. 

“We’re pleased that E&S has selected the
Christie D4K40-RGB projector for these installations,” says Mike Garrido,
senior product manager, Christie. “Thanks to Christie’s engineering expertise, this 40,000 lumen RGB pure laser projector
raises the bar for design, image quality, built-in processing, and connectivity. The all-in-one design makes it easier to bring a bright,
vibrant, immersive, RGB laser experience to large venues, planetariums and



Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global
visual and audio technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the
first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete
system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual
technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission
critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie
display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the
world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christiedigital.com.