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Digital display walls just got better with Christie MicroTiles

By Damir Beciri
21 November 2009

christie-microtiles1Christie recently launched MicroTiles, a unique digital display technology that creates a virtually seamless digital canvas in almost any size or shape. Christie MicroTiles are modular digital display tiles that can be stacked and clustered like building blocks to create display walls, while using an entirely new, advanced optical design that produces unparalleled levels of brightness, contrast and color reproduction.

The Christie MicroTiles system represents a huge step forward in large-format digital display technology, offering superior color and image reproduction, the widest possible 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.

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With a screen size of 408mm x 306mm (w x h), the tiles also feature a shallow depth of only 260mm and require just 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”, so the time-consuming and costly color 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 extraordinarily sophisticated, walls of tiles are controlled by a simple unit that processes the signal from the most popular digital signage and media players.

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“MicroTiles represent a distinct revolution in display technology, that allows users to create their own digital canvas or digital wallpaper”, said Bob Rushby, the co-inventor and chief technology officer at Christie. “With MicroTiles, users can express their creativity and vision, and assemble the displays in ways that have previously been unattainable using current flat panel LCD, plasma or LED walls.”

“Assemble the tiles any way you like, take them apart and re-assemble them in a new configuration, and they ‘recognize’ each other every time and adjust the image automatically”, Rushby added. “Our partners are discovering new ways of using digital display that would have been impossible or impractical before MicroTiles.”


The good image quality and modular flexibility of the MicroTiles system opens up wide possibilities for companies charged with designing and creating large, vivid visual displays for architectural installations, out-of-home advertising, event centers, command and control facilities and retail environments. When combined with RFID technology the system can recognize a person in front of it and respond to the movement of the person, thus encouraging the interactivity. The MicroTiles are also RoHS compliant and have built-in eco-power consumption modes, thus making them an ideal choice for LEED projects, and for any building where environmental standards must be met.

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