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PANASONIC DEBUTS PT-L701SDU ULTRA-PORTABLE XGA PROJECTOR
FIRST PROJECTOR WITH BUILT-IN SD MEMORY CARD SLOT

SD Memory Card Allows for PC-Free and Continuous-Play Presentations

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 2001) -- Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems has announced the PT-L701SDU ultra-portable XGA projector, the world's first SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card model. The PT-L701SDU comes complete with 16MB SD Memory Card, a PC card adapter, and software that converts BMP or TIFF images and entire Microsoft PowerPoint files into JPEG images, allowing PC-free presentations using material even from PCs that are not equipped with an SD card slot.

Full-featured but small and light, the PT-L701SDU projector delivers 1,000 ANSI lumens of brightness in 1024 X 768 true XGA resolution (maximum 1280 x 1024 UXGA) and a high contrast ratio of 350:1. This super sleek projector weighs only 8.6 pounds and provides presenter-pleasing benefits such as one-touch "Auto-Everything" setup, digital keystone adjustment and auto input selection, allowing a user to automatically tune and adjust an image for optimal viewing.

The PT-L701SDU allows users to store their presentations on the portable, postage stamp-sized SD Memory Card to deliver superb PC-less presentations and unattended, self-running, continuous-play presentations. The projector offers SD Memory Card presentation functions including Auto Slide Show, which automatically shows the data from an SD Memory Card in succession; Capture, which captures and saves the displayed screen directly onto an SD Memory Card in JPEG file format; and Thumbnail Display, which provides an index-type display of all the images on an SD Memory Card, and allows the user to change the image sequence.

For bright, up-close presentations, the value-packed projector is equipped with a large-diameter, extra-short throw lens that shortens the necessary projection distance by a full 25%, delivering 80" projection by as little as an 8.2' throw distance. The shorter projection distance saves space, allowing the projector to be placed at the front of the meeting table. Users can give comfortable presentations with large, easy-to-see images even in small rooms.

The video-enhanced projector is HDTV compatible, automatically resizing 1080i and 720p images for 16:9 wide-aspect display; 480p, 480i and 625i component video signals and S-Video can also be displayed in either 4:3 or 16:9. The PT-L701SDU also features a Digital Cinema Reality™ circuit, greatly improving viewing quality from film-based video sources. The unit offers broad compatibility ranging from PAL, PAL-M, PAL-N, SECAM, NTSC and M-NTSC.

The projector provides a unique Index Window, which allows any image in a presentation (RGB or video input) to be frozen, stored in memory and displayed on the left side of the screen, while display of subsequent images continues on the right. For example, a plan's outline can be displayed in the Index Window to the left, while details are displayed to the right, achieving a multi-window effect from a single presentation source, with no special preparations necessary.

The PT-L701SDU also offers two-mode lamp operation -- Standard or Save. Designed for use in dark rooms, the Save mode utilizes a lower lamp power that mitigates energy consumption, yields 50% longer lamp life and further reduces fan noise. For greater connection flexibility, two RGB input terminals are provided for connecting two computers at the same time.

Additional key features include a digital zoom and focus, card-size remote control, RS-232C computer interface, super quiet fans for low 28dB operation; two built-in 1-watt stereo speakers, selectable seven-language on-screen menu, and a universal AC power supply. The projector, which features a long-life (2000 hours at standard power mode and 3000 hours at lower power mode) 160-watt UHM lamp, is capable of front, rear, desktop or ceiling mounted projection on screens ranging in size from 30" to 300". Ceiling mount bracket is optional.

Panasonic offers a high level of service and support with a three-year limited warranty on the projector, a 90-day limited warranty on the user-replaceable lamp module and the "ZipIt" exchange program.

The PT-L701SDU is available in January at a suggested list price of $6,995. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. is a leading supplier of broadcast, professional digital video and presentation products and systems. Panasonic Broadcast is a division company of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, the principal North America subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC), one of the world's leading producers of electronic and electric products for consumer, business and industrial use.

For more information on Panasonic LCD projectors, plasma displays and presentation systems, phone 1-800-528-8601 or find us on the web at www.panasonic.com/presentations.

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