- 17 June 2006
First Model of New Series for 2007
Supports 18 Video Inputs: Six HDMI with HDCP; Four SD/HD Component, Four S-Video, and Four Composite; HDMI and Component Inputs Accept Resolutions of up to 1080p at 60 Hertz
Supports Two HDMI outputs at Resolutions up to 1920 by 1080, at 60-Hertz
At an MSRP of $3,999, RadianceXD Boasts The Highest-Performance Video Switching, Processing and Calibration, Making It Ideal for All High-Definition Home and Commercial Theater Applications
December 11, 2006 — Lumagen, Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of video processing / switching products for the home and corporate theater markets, announces the new Radiance™ series of video processors.
Combining proprietary strides in video technology with enhanced connectivity flexibility (up to 18 video and 18 audio inputs), Lumagen’s Radiance series both refines and enhances the video images presented by high definition front projectors and top-level rear-screen and flat-panel displays, while at the same time functioning as an extensive central switching hub ideal for large home and corporate theater systems.
“By incorporating improved video de-interlacing, new MPEG artifact reduction and temporal noise reduction, Radiance expands upon the company’s well-known Vision series – a line which received industry recognition in 2005 and 2006 for advancements in switching, calibration and proprietary No-ring™ scaling technologies,” says Lumagen President and CTO Jim Peterson.
“Radiance offers 10-bit processing, per-pixel standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) video de-interlacing with adaptive diagonal filtering, edge enhancing scaling technology that does not add ringing (unlike competing products), plus MPEG mosquito and block artifact reduction. Finally, an important image quality feature is temporal noise reduction for both SD and HD sources. For all these reasons, the Radiance™ processor seriessets the industry benchmark for switching, calibration and video processing performance,” furthered Peterson.
The first product in Lumagen’s Radiance™ series is the RadianceXD™ which supports 18 video inputs - six HDMI with HDCP, four SD/HD component, four S-Video, and four composite. Component inputs can be combined with a composite to support up to four SCART RGBcvS video sources. The HDMI and component inputs accept resolutions of up to 1080p at 60 Hertz. Audio input can accompany the video on one of the HDMI inputs, or use one of the four analog stereo pairs, six coax or two optical audio inputs.
The RadianceXD supports two HDMI outputs at resolutions up to 1920 by 1080, at 60-Hertz progressive. The second HDMI output can be a copy of the first output, or it can be used as an audio only output to send audio to receivers that do not support full 1080p60 for their HDMI inputs. Audio output is supported on the HDMI connections plus two COAX audio outputs.
Other RadianceXD key features include user-adjustable image enhancement, including four configuration memories for each input, a programmable output resolution from 480p to 1080p, plus 1080i; the ability to zoom in on any source by up to 33 percent; selectable aspect ratios of 4:3, 4:3 NLS, 16:9, 1.85, and 2.35. The 4:3 NLS aspect ratio uses Lumagen’s Preciseview™ user programmable non-linear-stretch mode to allow the user to program exactly how 4:3 sources fill a 16:9 display. For film sources 2:2, 3:2 and 3:3 pull-down detection is supported to allow for correct cadence output at 24, 48, 60 and 72 Hertz for 24 fps film sources, plus 50 and 75 Hertz for 25 fps film source.
The RadianceXD is a modular platform that allows for upgrading capabilities without the need to purchase an entirely new video processor. For example, the unit’s current video processor chip utilizes 10-bit pixel-depth processing, however when a 16-bit pixel-depth video processor becomes available from Lumagen, it can be installed by simply replacing a small daughter card and updating the unit’s software.
The Radiance series automatically detects the input format for SD composite, and SVideo, as well as HD component and HDMI signals. There is an extensive suite of test patterns. These include: 11-point parametric grayscale and gamma calibration; Color and Hue offsets; Y/C delay; CUE/ICP filtering, and programmable input and output color-space. An RS232 interface is provided for software upgrades and control functions.An external universal power supply enhances reliability, placement options, and allows for quiet – no fan – operation.
Lumagen also produces the Vision series of video processors. These award-wining products were the first to provide affordable per-pixel HD de-interlacing for video sources and inverse-telecine for 1080i film-based sources, allowing a true 1080p viewing experience. Members of the Vision series include the VisionHDP and the Vision HDQ.
The RadianceXD will be available in 2007 Q2 from authorized Lumagen dealers at a suggested price of $3999. Rack-ears for 19” rack mounting of the RadianceXD are available at a suggested price of $50. Additional models in the Radiance line will be announced in spring of 2007.
The RadianceXD will be demonstrated at CES 2007 in booth South Hall 21666.