The first projector to use the new Texas Instruments WQXGA DLP chip boasts a resolution of 2560 x 1600 - the same resolution as larger LCD monitors - and throws a 65-foot image that technology enthusiasts are hailing as the arrival of a potential home cinema "drive-in". Projectiondesign's F35 WQXGA projector, expected to launch in the second half of next year, has a brightness of 6500 ANSI lumens.

With a contrast ratio of 8000:1 and 3D stereo compatibility, the F35 marks the latest innovation to emerge from the stable of the Norwegian designer and manufacturer of professional, business and consumer projectors. It features high-performance optics and lenses which use aspherical glass elements and Low Dispersion glass for increased contrast, better colour saturation and superior image sharpness.

The projector was unveiled at this month's I/ITSEC (Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference) in Florida, where representatives for technology provider Texas Instruments deemed it "a stunning technological achievement".

WQXGA features 78 per cent more pixels than WUXGA resolution (1,920 x 1,200) and offers more than five times the resolution of a standard XGA display, resulting in high-pixel-density displays requiring fewer projectors to produce ultra-realistic images.