Christie launches MicroTiles, the new digital canvas

Christie MicroTiles are modular display tiles that can be stacked and clustered like building blocks to create display walls of any shape or scale, using an entirely new, advanced optical design that produces unparalleled levels of brightness, contrast and colour reproduction, the company says.

The Christie MicroTiles system represents a significant step forward in large-format display technology, offering superior colour and image reproduction, the wide viewing angles, and a near absence of seams on display walls, with only a 1mm gap between the tiles. The groundbreaking LED- and DLP-based system is designed for long, reliable commercial use in public areas, with no lamps or other consumable parts to replace. The LED light engine, a key component of MicroTiles, is rated at 65,000 hours to half brightness usage, or nearly 7.5 years of continuous operation.

With a screen size of 16 inches (408mm) wide x 12 inches (306mm) high, the tiles also feature a shallow depth of only 10 inches (260mm) and require just 2 inches (50mm) of minimal clearance for rear ventilation. Christie engineers designed the MicroTiles to be fully and easily serviced from the front. The tiles are “self-aware” – meaning that time-consuming and costly colour calibration needed to keep conventional “video walls” looking uniform, is automatically completed by the sensors built into the MicroTiles.

While the engineering behind the display tiles is highly sophisticated, walls of tiles are controlled by a simple unit that processes the signal from the most popular digital signage and media players.

Christie has had its new tiles in R&D for two years, and at the recent launch event in New York it showed. InAVate editor Chris Fitzsimmons pronounced himself "very impressed" with the new product.