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Sharp's Next-Generation Notevision C-Series Projector Delivers High Perormance and Superior Value

The versatile Notevision C50 offers an industry-first L-shaped optics system and 3000 ANSI Lumens brightness, designed for ease of use and security in basic installation settings

MAHWAH, N.J., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to requests from education, government and corporate customers for a full-featured, powerful and cost-effective audiovisual solution, Sharp Electronics Corp. today introduced the Notevision C50 projector (XG-C50X). With 3000 ANSI Lumens brightness, native XGA resolution, a slim 11.2 lb. attache-case design and a host of new imaging features, the Notevision C50 is ideal for basic installation in the education, government and corporate markets. The Notevision C50 also offers built-in theft-deterrent features and an optional Secure Mount system to prevent theft, a growing concern for end users.

The Notevision C50 will be available in August through Sharp's authorized dealer network at a list price of $6,195. The projector is backed by a three-year parts and labor limited warranty, including 3 years of Sharp's express repair service, a 24-hour turnaround express repair program.

The Notevision C50's innovative technology enhancements make presentations more vivid and easier to deliver. C50 breakthroughs include an industry-first "L" type optical system, resulting in higher brightness and improved imaging efficiency at lower cost to the end user. A lamp save mode reduces cost of ownership by increasing lamp life when lower power mode is used. The Notevision C50 features an individual cooling system for each of the three LCD panels, lowering fan noise and increasing the panels' lifespan, while the C50's new lens system allows for simple lens changeover to the optional Short Throw lens. In addition, the model offers built-in security with "key code activation" to prevent unauthorized operation and "through-optic-block ceiling mount" bolt. An optional ceiling mount cable lock system minimizes the potential for theft.

The Notevision C50 weighs 11.2 lbs. and features a slim, attractive attache-case design measuring 15.4-inches W x 3.9-inches H x 11.6-inches D. The model is simple to operate, with an easy three-step set-up and shut-down process, and operates at a quiet 36 dB (33 db in Power Save Mode). The C50 offers separate S-video and composite inputs and two separate RGB inputs, including loop out capability - ideal for users who wish to face their audience while presenting. The model boasts such features as Sharp's exclusive CV-IC System II, a Sharp-developed image-processing chip. The CV-IC System II chip cleans up jagged edges, minimizes image noise and implements keystone corrections, resulting in impressively crisp, clear images. A built-in sRGB color management system - and individual adjustments for red, green, blue, cyan, yellow or magenta - sharpens the Notevision C50's color output, contrast and gradation.

The Notevision C50 is the latest addition to Sharp's award-winning family of Notevision projectors, and demonstrates the ease of use, power and compatibility that have propelled Sharp products to a position of world leadership in the AV marketplace.

"The Notevision C50 offers portable brightness and compatibility at an ultraportable weight and price," said Dan Schinasi, senior product manager. "It has a number of features that are ideal for customers in a university or government environment, such as ease of use, unmatched compatibility and unprecedented theft-deterrence features. We feel this is a very versatile, very attractive addition to the Sharp family of projectors. The feature set and performance of this model clearly separates us from the competition."

Remote Access and Control Software for Projector Management
Sharp's Advanced Presentation Software (S.A.P.S.), built into the C50, allows one or more projectors to be connected to a PC for remote diagnostics and control capability. S.A.P.S. is designed to locate and self-diagnose system errors, instantly sending an alert to the control PC or forwarding error message emails to a predetermined list, expediting necessary maintenance and minimizing C50 downtime. The software can also be easily configured to immediately alert on-site maintenance engineers or off-site consultants, allowing them to service the C50 before their customers become aware of service issues.

The PresenterPAK Feature Set
Sharp's exclusive PresenterPAK features a friendly graphical user interface (GUI) menu screen that is icon-based and uses common terminology rather than technical jargon. PresenterPAK has a unique set of built-in features such as a customizable start-up screen, break timer for meeting control and presentation support tools.

The Notevision C50's automatic and manual image-adjustment features let presenters fine-tune images to ensure the sharpest presentations. Sharp's autoSYNC feature automatically adjusts computer images without having to access the projector's menu system, and Advanced ImageACE Resizing automatically adjusts different source resolutions to match the projector's native resolution, enabling the projector to handle images up to UXGA resolutions and various Macintosh and electronic workstation data signals as well. NTSC, PAL, SECAM and HDTV video signals are also handled through the projector's video inputs. The C50 features digital keystone correction with edge smoothing to remove an effect that may cause projected images to appear trapezoidal, but unlike optical correction, this technique squares the edges of an image while maintaining brightness and image quality.

Sharp offers a full line of projectors, monitors and professional video equipment for purchase, lease or rental through its national network of authorized dealers.

Sharp Electronics Corporation, Professional LCD Products Division, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, NJ 07430-2135, or dial 1-888-GO-SHARP (1-888-467-4277). For online product information, visit Sharp's LCD Products Group Web site at www.sharplcd.com. Email: ProLCD@SharpSEC.com.

Sharp Electronics Corporation is the Mahwah, N.J.-based marketing and sales subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of the core technologies that are integral to shaping the next generation of home entertainment products, appliances, networked, multi-functional office solutions and mobile communication and information tools. Leading brands include AQUOS(TM) Liquid Crystal Televisions, 1-Bit audio products, the SharpVision(R) line of projection products, Viewcam(R) camcorders, Sharp Carousel(R) microwaves, Imager(TM) digital multi-functional systems, the Notevision(R) line of multi-media projectors, and the Zaurus(TM) Personal Mobile Tool. Sharp Electronics Corporation employs approximately 2,000 people throughout the U.S. supporting more than 50 product lines.

Source: Sharp Electronics Corporation

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