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Panasonic Introduces New Full High Definition, Three-Chip DLP Projectors for Large Venues

New PT-D10000U and PT-DW10000U Deliver Bright, High-Quality Images, Automatic Cleaning Systems, and Advanced Features for Professional Use

LAS VEGAS, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- ShoWest -- Panasonic Projector Systems Company, Unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, today announced the debut of two three-chip, DLP projectors for large venues: the PT-D10000U (1400 x 1050 pixel) and PT-DW10000U (1920 x 1080 pixel) models. Designed for large venues in the commercial digital cinema, rental and staging, and higher education markets, the new full HD projectors provide bright, professional- quality images, automatic filter cleaning systems, and improved reliability features.

Both DLP projectors deliver 10,000 lumens of brightness through Panasonic's four-lamp system, and the nimble PT-D10000U is now among the world's smallest DLP projectors with at least 10,000 lumens. (1) It's also the only 10,000-lumen projector capable of operating from a standard 120-VAC outlet, increasing its energy efficiency compared to other models. (2) Panasonic's three-chip DLP technology helps provide excellent resistance to image deterioration over time to ensure reliable, high-quality operation. Each model comes equipped with the Auto Cleaning Robot, an automatic filter cleaning system that enables about 2,000 hours of use without filter maintenance.

"Large venue, fixed installations require reliable, efficient projectors to meet the demands of hundreds and hundreds of hours of sustained use," said Thomas Zitelli, president of Panasonic Projector Systems Company. "The new PT-D10000U and PT-DW10000U full HD projectors are powerful projector solutions for customers that require professional-quality viewing at a reasonable price."

The new models feature Panasonic's Dynamic Iris that helps produce the projectors' 5,000:1 contrast ratio and reveal more detail in both dark and bright images. Both models include 10-bit video processing for smoother tonal expression. A 3D Color Management feature helps optimize color saturation, hue and brightness levels for approximately 1,070,000,000 colors. The progressive cinema scan also helps ensure accurate image reproduction by automatically detecting a film-based input signal and selecting the optimal progressive processing method.

The PT-D10000U and PT-DW10000U models also include several key performance and reliability features. A new liquid-cooling system directly cools the DLP chips and allows both models to be used in temperatures up to 45°C (113°F), enabling their use in a wider variety of environments. The new cooling system design also allowed Panasonic engineers to make the PT-D10000U about 30 percent smaller than the previous PT-D9510/PT-D9610 models. A new micro-cut filter traps dust particles 10 microns or larger, safeguarding against optical blocks and capturing about seven times as much dust as previous models' filters.

With built-in multi-screen support systems, the PT-D10000U and PT-DW10000U models can project large, multi-screen images without any additional equipment. The edges of adjacent screens can be blended to create a smooth, seamless image using up to 100 sources (10 ft. x 10 ft.). Both models support wired LAN connection (PJLink(TM) compatible), which allows remote control, monitoring, and e-mail alert messaging functions through a standard Web browser. Temperature alarm and burnt-lamp LEDs are also included on each projector, letting operators know exactly where to address maintenance issues.

The Panasonic PT-D10000U and PT-DW10000U projectors will be available in the first quarter of 2007 at authorized presentation systems dealers. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of the PT-D10000U is $54,999, and the MSRP of the PT-DW10000U is $74,999. Visit http://www.panasonic.com/ for more information on local distribution channels and retail outlets. For more information on Panasonic's complete line of projectors, go to http://www.panasonic.com/projectors or phone 888-411-1996.

About Panasonic Projector Systems Company
Panasonic Projector Systems Company is a prominent supplier of projectors and presentation systems in the United States. It is a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE:MC) of Japan, and the hub of its U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. For more information on Panasonic Projector Systems products, visit the company's Web site at http://www.panasonic.com/projectors.

Source: Panasonic Projector Systems Company