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Toshiba Introduces Its First-Ever Ultra-Lightweight Mediastar LCD Projectors For Presentations On-The-Go

June 10, 1999 -- Demonstrating its leadership in LCD display technology, Toshiba today introduced four new ultra-lightweight MediaStar LCD multimedia projectors, the company's first-ever sub-10 lb. models. The new projectors, designed for total portability and ease-of-use, include two XGA units (TLP650 and TLP651) with high-definition compatibility and two SVGA models (TLP450 and TLP451).

The 7.9 lb. TLP450 and TLP650, as well as the 9.9 lb. TLP451 and TLP651, are the ideal presentation tools for the "road warrior" or anyone who wants a high-quality, all-in-one projector system that fits easily in the "carry-on" luggage section. For the ultimate in convenience and flexibility, all four new projectors feature T-ForcMK2 computer interfaces, making them fully compatible with PC work stations.

"The arrival of our first sub 10lb. LCD projectors underscores Toshiba's commitment to lead this industry with the widest variety of high-performance projectors for every application and user," noted Sam Malik, Director of Sales and Marketing, Multimedia Products Group. "With these four units, as well as our new fixed-install and conference-room portable models, we now have a total of nine high-performance projectors. Our market share in this fast-growing category continues to grow, and our goal is to help expand the LCD projector universe by continuing to introduce unique high-quality products that utilize the most advanced digital display technologies and make high-impact presentations easier to create than ever before."

To ensure compatibility with computer workstations in all resolution modes, Toshiba MediaStar projectors employ a unique video compression technology called T-ForcMK2, which improves image quality. T-ForcMK2 accomplishes this with interpolation and compression techniques to produce an image of unprecedented smoothness, and automatically ensures that different resolutions fit the screen without manual adjustment.

Ideal for use with all computers, VCRs, camcorders and DVD players, Toshiba's new lightweight LCD projectors display images in sizes ranging from just 22-inches for small-room presentations to gigantic 25-foot pictures for large audiences.

In addition to their unprecedented portability, brightness is a top priority in all Toshiba's new portable LCD projectors. Both XGA Models TLP650 and TLP651 are rated at 1100 ANSI Lumens, and the SVGA Models TLP450 and TLP451 are rated at 1000 ANSI Lumens. All models accept NTSC, PAL, SECAM and S-Video signals, and the XGA projectors also accept High-definition (HD) video signals for the sharpest, clearest broadcast images possible. In addition, all four new projectors feature such image-enhancing and convenience features as Digital Keystone Correction and freeze-frame capability.

Built-In "Visualizer" to Make Presentations Come Alive

Unique to Toshiba LCD projectors, the TLP651 and TLP451 feature Toshiba's built-in "visualizer" – an 840,000 pixel digital color document camera with one-button white balance. The visualizer is capable of projecting written materials and three-dimensional objects directly from the surface of the projector. This allows presenters to place meeting notes, photographs, engineering drawings -- even actual products -- on the projector surface, casting high-resolution images on a wall or screen. For close inspection, a digital zoom feature on all models allows users to highlight in on a particular area of the displayed image and enlarge it for an up-close view.

To make presentations easier, the remote control of each new MediaStar projector is a fully integrated control unit with easy computer control through its wireless mouse and a built-in laser pointer.

The TLP650 and TLP651 will be available in July at suggested retail prices of $6,995.00 and $7,995.00, respectively. The TLP450 and TLP451 will be available in August at suggested retail prices of $4,995.00 and $5,995.00, respectively.

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Toshiba America Consumer Products, Inc. is an independent operating company, owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, a world leader in high technology products with subsidiaries worldwide.