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CEL5500 Light Engine Series

The CEL5500 Family of Compact Embeddable Light Engines is a modular, production-ready projection platform designed to provide users with an industrial DLP® solution that is small, robust, and multi-functional. The flexible, scalable architecture of the CEL5500 allows for a wide variety of configurations and customizations to meet your R&D and production needs. With a weight of only 3lbs and dimensions of 7″ x 3.8″ x 3″, the CEL5500 is an industry breakthrough.

The CEL5500 is specifically designed for structured light applications such as Machine Vision, 3D Scanning, Metrology, Rapid Prototyping, Microscopy, and Scientific Research. The CEL5500 is also optimized for video applications such as 3D Volumetric Display, Augmented Reality, and Simulators. Of note, the CEL5500 is capable of high lumen image brightness through LED or Fiber-Optic light sources.

In addition to the DLPC200 API, we provide the CELconductor Control Software  which puts everything together for you in an easy-to-use, robust graphical user interface (GUI). The CELconductor can be used to deploy the CEL5500 right out of the box and gives users full control over the  DLP®5500 Chipset without the need for extensive programming. In CELconductor, users can upload  patterns, create sequences, assign bit depth, pattern rates, PWM, LED settings, syncs/triggers, and a wide array of other user-defined controls. The CEL5500 simply connects to a PC or imaging source via USB 2.0 so users can easily transfer sequences of patterns to the DMD at high speeds via compressed data transfer.


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CEL5500-LED Light Engines

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The CEL5500-LED uses a single-channel Red, Green, Blue, or UV (405nm) LED. The CEL5500-LED includes a driver board that gives users a wide array of LED controls such as brightness, pulse-width modulation, current level, etc.

The LED mounting block-assembly is designed to support a variety of LED types so users can customize the CEL specific to their application. The complete LED Block Assemblies can also be purchased separately so users can easily switch between a wide array of LED colors (Red, Green, Blue, or UV) without having to buy another light engine. The LED Mounting Assemblies are simple drop-in-replacements that conveniently slide into the chassis on the CEL5500.

CEL5500-Fiber Light Engines

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The CEL5500 – Fiber also enables you to use your own fiber-optic light source. The CEL5500-Fiber offers flexibility over light source options and power levels and enables users to reach max DMD brightness levels set by Texas Instruments (TI).

CEL5500-LED w/ Fiber Assembly

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For users that want the best of both worlds, the CEL5500-LED can be enhanced to provide users the capability to switch back and forth between the CEL5500-Fiber and LED configurations. We call this the CEL5500-LED w/ Fiber Assembly. The possibilities are endless!

The CEL5500 utilizes TI’s DLP®5500 0.55″ XGA Chipset, enabling pattern rates up to 5,000Hz Binary/500Hz 8-bit Grayscale, and video rates up to 60Hz.  The DLP®5500 Chipset provides a cost effective, embeddable projection migration path for applications developed on the best-selling DLP® LightCommander™ platform.

The DLP®5500 Chipset includes the 0.55″ XGA S450 DMD, DLPC200 Controller for conveniently interfacing user electronics to the DMD, as well as the DLPA200 Micromirror Driver. The DLPA200 provides the analog control required to clock the DMD micromirrors into a single chip, enabling reliable high-speed DMD performance.

The CEL5500 uses the same LightCommander™ API, also known as the DLPC200 API. The use of this API makes it very convenient and painless for LightCommander™ users to transition to the CEL5500 platform. The DLPC200 API directly interfaces with a wide array of programming languages such as LabVIEW, MATLAB, C++, .NET, Visual Basic and Visual Studio.

CELscope C-mount LED Microscope

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The CEL5500 also features onboard pattern storage, preserving all sequence controls & settings.  The CEL5500 is configured with 3 x Input Triggers and 3 x Output Syncs for connecting to devices such as CCD & CMOS cameras, external FPGA’s, DSP’s, microcontrollers, and a wide array of other optical sensors.

Due to the small portable size, users can easily embed the CEL5500 in medical devices, microscopes & lab instruments, optics tables, automobiles, portable tripod stands, and production environments.  Because the CEL5500 includes all the optical components, it can be used for R&D and production. The CEL utilizes a threaded projection lens so users can apply a wide variety of adapters (wide-angle, closeup macro, telephoto, fisheye, etc.) specific to their optics requirements. What does this mean? Quicker time to market!

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About DLI

Regarded as the world leader in DLP® interface and electronic controller board design, Digital Light Innovations (DLi) is a full service design and manufacturing company with extensive experience in creating unique DLP-based solutions for a broad range of applications. We also specialize in custom optics as well as prototype design and development, while also providing product manufacturing and distribution.

Notably, DLi was the first to receive the DLP Authorized Design House designation from Texas Instruments (TI), and has partnered with TI to design and manufacture the electronic controller boards, firmware and software for the Explorer API and Control Software utilized by the best-selling DLP Discovery™ Development Kits and LightCrafter™ 6500/9000 EVMs.