HP, a leading maker of personal computers and other electronics, and Mersive, a leader in display management software, have announced a technology licensing agreement that will eventually let to make large-scale displays of extraordinary image quality and resolution more affordable.
Large, beyond-high-definition displays are used in a wide range of commercial, academic and government applications. For example, manufacturing and architectural design companies use them to review computer-aided design drawings prior to fabrication. Universities use them to teach visual concepts to large classes, and the military relies on them for situation briefings and security monitoring.
Through their collaboration, Mersive and HP expect to make these displays, which have traditionally been limited to capital-intensive fields, available to a broader audience by making them simpler and as much as 75% less expensive than competitive solutions. The multiprojector integration technology licensed from HP aligns the outputs of several smaller projectors to create a single, high-fidelity image.
It is unlikely that the technologies will be used for mainstream applications aimed at home users/gamers, but perhaps there will be large, yet affordable, monitors for professionals. Still, in order to ensure that such monitors can be used in environments requiring affordability, HP will have to work with providers of graphics adapters, such as ATI, Intel, Matrox, Nvidia, S3 Graphics and others in order to ensure compatibility and reliable operation.
Mersive offers Sol display management software in desktop PC and server versions, with both running on industry-standard operating systems. It also offers an M-Series, which features reference designs for multiprojector displays that leverage off-the-shelf display hardware sold and installed by its resellers and systems integrators. The Sol and M-Series software are both offered through Mersive’s worldwide channel network, which targets engineering, design, command and control, and data visualization applications.