Imax Taps Necsel for Laser-Driven Projection Lighting

The Silicon Valley company promises far better screen brightness and clarity than traditional cinema projector bulbs.

TORONTO — Imax has tapped Necsel to be the exclusive global provider of specified lasers for its upcoming laser projection system, promising far better brightness and clarity than rival movie projectors.

The giant-screen exhibitor is set to upgrade its existing theaters with laser-based digital projection that incorporates laser IP exclusively licensed from Eastman Kodak and Barco.

Imax on Monday said Necsel's patented technology comprising red, green and blue visible lasers will help it meet critical performance, size and cost requirements for large-venue laser cinema projection and specialty lighting uses. 

Imax said its first laser projection systems replacing lamp-based projectors are expected to be rolled out by the end of the year.

"Necsel's technology is transforming cinema projection, and we look forward to helping Imax redefine the premium moviegoing experience with its next-generation laser product," William Mackenzie, chairman and CEO of Necsel, said Monday in a statement.

Besides replacing costly bulbs with a light source that remains constant over the life of the system, laser projection also reduces the cost of prints for studios and exhibitors.