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SANYO Presentation Technologies Introduces First Portable Projectors Featuring Active Maintenance Filter System

Press Release  |  May 30, 2008

Both are equipped with a durable Security Bar in addition to a PIN number that unlocks the projector

CHATSWORTH, Calif., May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- SANYO, one of the world's largest manufacturers of LCD and DLP projectors announces the addition of two new LCD portable projectors, the PLC-XC55 (3,100 lumens) and the PLC-XC50 (2,600 lumens), to their line of high brightness projectors for the education and business markets. Both are equipped with SANYO's Active Maintenance Filter (AMF) system, allowing easy filter changes, and several security features to prevent theft.

This is the first time SANYO's exclusive AMF system has been integrated into a portable projector. This unique filtration system consists of a filter cartridge with ten lengths of filter material and an airflow sensor that detects when the airflow is obstructed by dust and advances a clean section of filter as needed. When the last section of filter material becomes obstructed an on-screen graphic appears telling the user to change the cartridge. Each filter lasts approximately 3000 hours.

"Thanks to SANYO's AMF these new high brightness projectors significantly lower a school system's cost of ownership by reducing filter maintenance costs by a factor of ten," says Mark Holt, Vice President and General Manager for SANYO's Presentation Technologies Division.

General maintenance is kept at a minimum with other features such as the transparent lens cap that prevents the accumulation of dust on the lens and the ability to replace the lamp from the top cabinet, which doesn't require removal from permanent installations.

To prevent theft of the small projector, SANYO has integrated several higher security features. A security bar in the corner of the device accepts security wires up to 11mm in diameter. Additionally, the on-board pin number locks the projector when not in use, plus only the designated administrator is allowed to operate on-board buttons and logo-controlled settings. These theft- deterrent features allow the small projector to be left in a classroom with peace of mind.

Portable projectors are commonly used for media-rich presentations, including audio. To be a truly multi-media device that is loud enough for the average classroom, the PLC-XC55 and PLC-XC50 were outfitted with an internal 7-watt speaker, eliminating the need for an external audio system.

Ease of installation is facilitated with Auto Keystone Correction (vertical up to +/- 20 degrees), in addition to an Auto Setup function that automatically seeks signal sources for PC and video use. There is an abundance of video input terminals including a DVI-I (digital and analog video), component video and D-Sub15. The input signal compatibility includes UXGA, SXGA+, SXGA, WXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA, and MAC. It is also compatible with HD resolutions including 1080i 50/60, 1035i, 720p as well as standard definition (480p, 480i, 575p, 575i).

The ultra-small footprint of the PLC-XC55 and PLC-XC50 is a major asset to educational facilities along with features such as closed captions and Black Board Mode, which allows projection on any surface, when a screen is not available.

The PLC-XC55 and PLC-XC50 will be available in July 2008 and sell for $1,995.00 and $1,495.00 respectively.

Other Specifications

Lamp: 220W UHP
Noise Rating: 27.5dBA (Eco mode), 34.0dBA (Normal mode)
Audio: Built-in mono speaker with 7-watts of power
Video Terminals: DVI-I, D-sub15, Component (w/ Optional Cable), Composite, S-Video (Mini Din 4), D-sub15 monitor out
Audio: Stereo mini-jack input x2 (for computer input) and output (Variable), Analog stereo input for video input (RCAx2)
Additional Inputs: RS232C control (D-sub9)
Warranty: 3 years parts/labor, 90 days original lamp; Quick Repair Program
Dimensions (WxHxD): 16.1" x 3.3"x 10.3" (excluding protrusions)
Net Weight: 8.82 lbs.

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a multi-billion-dollar global leader in providing solutions for the environment, energy and for lifestyle applications based on its brand vision 'Think GAIA'. SANYO Fisher Company (a division of SANYO North America Corporation, a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.), based in Chatsworth, California, markets digital projectors, digital still cameras, digital media camcorders, home appliances, security video equipment, audio systems, portable and mobile electronics and HD televisions. For more information on SANYO's complete line of projectors please call 888-495-3452 or visit