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Sony’s New Superbright™ LCD Projector Ideal For High-End Fixed Installation Market

Press Release  |  Jun 10, 1999

ORLANDO, (INFOCOMM) -- June 10, 1999 -- Sony Electronics announced today a new 3,200 ANSI lumen LCD-based projector (model VPL-FE100), designed to provide bright, uniform, high quality images from a range of diverse sources. The projector's flexibility makes it ideal for both medium and large venues, and can be double or triple stacked for greater brightness output and redundancy.

The VPL-FE100 is a LCD-based product for fixed installations requiring high quality, multiple scanning projection systems, such as boardrooms, meeting rooms and auditoriums. The projector is easily adaptable to screen sizes from 40 inches to 500 inches (viewable area, measured diagonally).

Sony's unique quadruple lamp system, consisting of four 120W UHP lamps provides an added element of reliability. Even if one lamp should fail, the unit will continue to operate effectively.  

"The VPL-FE100 is the culmination of a major commitment to research and development," said Clint Hoffman, senior marketing manager for display systems at Sony Electronics' Broadcast and Professional Company. "One of the benchmark features is a Sony-developed 3D gamma correction system which gives video images a natural look by providing excellent uniformity across the entire projector screen, making for fast setup with consistent performance in the rental arena."

Brightness, Uniformity and Reliability

With a light output of 3,200 ANSI lumens, the VPL-FE100 produces a very bright image, even in high ambient light conditions. Using three Sony 1.8-inch pSi TFT LCD panels, the projector offers true SXGA resolution, and the built-in scan converter accepts signals from conventional video up to UXGA (fV = up 75Hz) for maximum display versatility.

"A 3D comb filter and Digital Reality CreationÔ (DRC) technology combine to provide premium video images from conventional video signals without the need for expensive optical image enhancing accessories," noted Hoffman. "The VPL-FE100 is a technically advanced projector offering flexibility and reliability to the customer. This reliability, along with the multiple input sources and easy set up, help to set the standards for worry-free presentation."

 Versatile Application Increases Appeal

With the VPL-FE100, the user has the option of eight specialized lenses. These easily interchangeable lenses range from short focal lenses to long-throw (zoom) lenses, allowing a range of throw distances from 12' to 100' for a 200" screen (viewable area, measured diagonally), depending on the operating environment or application. The projector also offers a lens shift function, enabling quick and easy vertical positioning of the image.

The projector can be remotely controlled via RS-232, RS-422 or PJ COM, conforming to RS-485, interfaces and features a flexible interface panel that can be customized for each installation and application.

The VPL-FE100 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


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.