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CHRISTIE DIGITAL SYSTEMS LEADS RENTAL STAGING MARKET WITH SECOND-GENERATION PROJECTORS AND NEW ROADSERVICE™ PROGRAM

Kitchener, ON - (June 13, 2001) - Christie Digital Systems, developer of award-winning purpose-built projection solutions, is pleased to introduce its second-generation commercial DLP projectors built for extreme conditions in rental staging applications. All four models, Roadster X4/S4 and X6/S6, feature mechanical and quality-assurance upgrades. With each projector purchased, Christie Digital extends a new three-tier, members-only program designed for unrivaled service and support.

"Unlike other projectors on the market, our Roadsters have been tried, tested and proven to be roadworthy. Why choose an untested product when over the past year, the Roadster has evolved to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers", remarks Mike Garrido, product manager for the Road family. "These Roadsters will continue to drive stagers and producers further to create visually unique presentations and events".

Enhanced Features Address Extreme-Operating Conditions
The following features are designed to increase performance, reliability and control of the Roadster X4/S4 and X6/S6 projectors:

  • Higher brightness from brighter Xenon lamps (4000 lumens on the Roadster X4/S4 and 6000 lumens on the Roadster X6/S6)
  • Newly-designed built-in stacking and rigging mechanisms that are easy to set up and adjust
  • Two-way controller now reaches 3000 ft (457m)
  • Three DMD panels are assembled using Christie Digital's proprietary Spatial Light Imaging Construction (SLICTM) process. The SLIC process guarantees superior optical alignment and convergence accuracy
  • A superior air filtration system for smoke and dust-prone conditions eliminates the need to seal the optics
  • By surpassing five new rigorous tests including MIL STD 810F for extreme thermal, shipping, transit and vibration conditions, the Roadster is designed to outperform the competition

RoadSERVICE Details
Rental Stagers who purchase any one of Christie Digital's Road series projectors are automatically eligible as members in the new RoadSERVICE program. The program offers three levels of support: RoadRYDER™, RoadWARRIOR™ and RoadMASTER™. This new program empowers rental staging customers to make the right business decision by having access to market information, future product development, an array of high performing products and unparalleled onsite service. All elements of the RoadSERVICE program are designed to offer exceptional support to both established and growing businesses that must meet demands of an ever-changing marketplace.

Roadsters are Upgradeable in Brightness and Resolution
The first manufacturer in the industry to deliver a viable upgrade path, Christie Digital is also pleased to extend the Upgradeability Program to all new Roadster projectors. The upgrade path ensures rental and staging companies protect their projector investments while upgrading to the latest resolution and brightness technology.

INFOCOMM Details
Roadsters will be performing at the annual INFOCOMM tradeshow between June 13 - 15, 2001 in Las Vegas at booth # 8055 in the Sands Convention Center. For further information on the latest Roadsters click on Christie Digital's Web site at http://www.christiedigital.com and select the Rental Staging Product Portfolio section.

About Christie Digital Systems
Christie Digital Systems, Inc. is a world leader in high-performance projection solutions for cinema, control rooms, rental staging, 3D, immersive environments, meeting rooms, conference rooms and fixed installation environments. Christie Digital Systems has more than 70 years expertise in providing film projection technology to the cinema industry and more than 25,000 large screen projection solutions installed worldwide. As the first DLP Cinema™ licensee, Christie Digital is the first to play a leading role in the development of digital cinema projection. Christie Digital is an Academy Award recipient for its gearless projectors and has received numerous industry-specific awards for DigiPro™, the world's first DLP Cinema™ projector and the Roadie, the world's first purpose-built rental staging projector. Christie Digital Systems is a jointly-owned subsidiary of Ushio America, Inc. and Ushio, Inc. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.christiedigital.com.

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For more information, please contact:
Dorina Belu
Christie Digital Systems
(519) 749-3323
dorina.belu@christiedigital.com

SLIC™, RoadSERVICE™, RoadRYDER™, RoadWARRIOR™ RoadMASTER™ are trademarks of Christie Digital Systems.