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Sony Introduces "Ultra Portable" 8.2-Pound LCD Projector

ORLANDO, (INFOCOMM) -- June 10, 1999 -- Sony Electronics today announced its VPL-SC60U Personal™ SVGA resolution LCD projector, offering 650 ANSI lumens of light output in a very compact and portable package. The new 8.2-pound projector provides outstanding brightness, low fan noise, reliability, durability and high image quality.

"Any meeting room presentation can be enhanced by the high quality display of information in a bright, uniform format that is large enough for all participants to see," said Clint Hoffman, senior marketing manager of display products for Sony Electronics' Broadcast and Professional Group. "The VPL-SC60U, with its extremely portable profile and outstanding image quality, will do just that."

The new VPL-SC60U joins a family of professional LCD projectors answering specific display needs, including various content resolutions. All projectors in the Sony LCD line include a unique prism block optical system with three Sony-produced polysilicon LCD panels.

Additionally, Auto Pixel Alignment (APA), a Sony-developed algorithm, was incorporated to make set-up effortless. By connecting a computer signal source and pressing the APA button on either the projector or the remote, the projector will optimally align the image pixels with the panel, without requiring complicated adjustments. Further, Advanced Scan Conversion (ASC) technology, using bilinear interpolation, provides excellent image quality for both lower and higher resolution signals scan converted to XGA resolution.

The VPL-SC60U accepts signals with a horizontal frequency of 15kHz to 91kHz. Acceptable signal formats are composite video, Y/C (SVHS) video, RGB, and component video (Y/R-Y/B-Y) signals. A wide variety of computer inputs such as Macintosh®, VGA, SVGA, XGA and SXGA formats can also be displayed.

The newly developed optical unit consists of two new 10 x 8 element fly-eye light integrators, a precision prism block, a short arc 120W UHP lamp, a high performance lens, and Sony-produced .9-inch large aperture true SVGA polysilicon LCD panels with 800 x 600 resolution. All of these elements combine to provide a uniform and consistent 650 ANSI lumens of light output for bright and clear images, even in environments with ambient light.

Each pixel on Sony's dual activated LCD panels has two "switches" working in parallel for added redundancy. If one switch stops working, the second will continue to work, thus significantly reducing "dead pixels" or "blemishes." The projector also features a sleek, extremely strong, lightweight and naturally heat dissipating magnesium diecast body. Because it is a metal, magnesium provides a more durable cabinet than plastic and better withstands the rigors of travel.

The VPL-SC60U features Sony's exclusive "Stand-Up & Project" design which places a screen image high for preferred viewing. According to Hoffman, "This new design has a small footprint with an enhanced projection angle. It nestles nicely with meeting room clutter."

The VPL-SC60U has stereo speaker sound for presentation support as well as a laser pointer built into the supplied Remote Commanderâ full-function remote control. The projector can be connected to a computer mouse port and then the remote for the VPL-SC60U can be used to control the connected computer mouse for a total presentation solution.

Other features of the VPL-SC60U include a zoom lens, convenient built-in carry handle, a quick height adjustment foot and an easy-to-use, intuitive menu system available in seven different languages.

The VPL-SC60U will be available in August from select resellers. Sony offers technical support via its National Technical Assistance Network phone line, 201-833-5333, and intuitive website, www.sony.com/displaysystems.

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Editor's Note: More information about Sony products can be found on the World Wide Web at www.sony.com/professional, or readers may call 1-800-686-SONY. Additional press information is available  at www.sony.com/news.

Sony Electronics offers a wide array of products and systems for image capture, production and display. Sony also provides specialized equipment and systems for data recording, duplication, electronic photography/publishing, videoconferencing, high definition video, interactive and security applications. Sony Electronics' annual sales exceed $10.5 billion.