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Sanyo Continues to Redefine Presentation Hardware with

New Unit Uses Powerful Micro Lens Array Technology

CHATSWORTH, Calif. -- March 15, 1999--Sanyo, a leader in digital technologies for the PC and presentation markets, Monday announced the introduction of the full-featured PLC-XP10N, one of the smallest and most powerful multimedia LCD projectors in its class.

Boasting the advanced Micro Lens Array technology and prism, the new unit provides an unprecedented (for models in this class) 1400 ANSI lumens (typical) of actual screen brightness and exceptional image uniformity.

Advanced Micro Lens, Brightness Technology

The true power of the PLC-XP10N is unleashed by incorporating the revolutionary Micro Lens Array technology and prism system, which recycles light energy that would otherwise be wasted as heat in conventional projectors.

In addition, this projector uses a newly developed 160-watt Superior Intensity Discharge (SID) lamp that produces exceptional brightness, while consuming considerably less power.

The PLC-XP10N features three panel 1.3" polysilicon TFT LCD panels that incorporate a Micro Lens to increase overall light concentrating efficiency. This breakthrough design lets more light through to the LCD panels from the SID lamp, resulting in significantly brighter images over today's typical projector.

The high-quality, non-reflective projection lens truly allows users to maximize the effectiveness of their presentations, while maintaining an exceptionally high level of brightness, contrast and clarity -- a critical capability that might otherwise be sacrificed with traditional projectors.

Target Markets

The PLC-XP10N is ideally suited for a wide variety of applications, including corporate boardrooms, classrooms and training center environments. It is also in high demand with the rental market.

"As the world's largest manufacturer of LCD projectors, we have a responsibility to lead the market with exciting, useful innovations that are meaningful to our customers," said Jeff Spittel, national sales manager for Sanyo's Presentation Technologies Division.

"The technological breakthroughs we've achieved will directly impact the success of our users, who demand flexible presentation solutions that can be used in virtually any environment. Fortunately, Sanyo meets this need head-on," added Spittel.

Broad Compatibility

Another important benefit users will immediately derive from the PLC-XP10N is its wide-ranging compatibility, both domestically and internationally.

With its plug-and-play convenience, the projector automatically recognizes the computer's signal and selects the proper settings accordingly. By eliminating the headaches that are all too common with conventional projector setup, users will now achieve perfect results flawlessly and consistently.

Operating the unit is as simple as making the connections, turning it on and beginning the presentation. The auto-lock frequency synchronization makes the PLC-XP10N compatible with both Macs and PCs. The auto set feature automatically sets the fine synchronization, total dot adjustment and positioning.

The TFT LCD panels offer additional compatibility with the increasingly popular XGA-equipped notebook computers. Plus, through Sanyo's proprietary Digital Realized Interpolation Technology (DRIT), the projector is also compatible with a 1280 x 1024-dot SXGA system.

International compatibility includes:

--    100-120 and 200-240 AC 50/60 Hz capabilities, with a special
      auto-select function that automatically adjusts to the correct
      voltage as soon as the unit is turned on.
--    Menus can be displayed in any of six languages, making the unit
      operational by virtually anyone, anywhere.
--    Full compatibility with the world's five most common video color
      standards: PAL, PAL-M, SECAM, NTSC and NTSC-4.43.
--    Images can be projected from a variety of AV sources, including
      VCRs, laser disc and DVD players, satellite TV tuners,
      camcorders and digital still cameras.

    Other Key Features

--   Digital Zoom: Magnifies specific sections of an image up to 16
     times in 0.4x steps. Sanyo's unique technology eliminates jagged
     edges on small letters and lines, so that even highly magnified
     images appear crisp and clear.
--   Wireless Remote Control with Mouse Function: The wireless remote
     control also conveniently functions as a mouse, complete with
     moving cursor and clicks. This feature helps facilitate smooth,
     professional presentations. Volume, contrast, brightness and
     screen size can all be effortlessly controlled, giving the
     presenter complete flexibility to move freely about the room.
--   Freeze Frame Function: The projector is fully capable of
     capturing and freezing images from all AV and computer sources.

The PLC-XP10N comes in a sleek, compact design. It weighs only 14.3 pounds, with dimensions of just 10.7" (W) x 5.7" (H) x 16.2" (D) -- small and light enough to be easily transported and used virtually anywhere.

Pricing, Availability & Warranty

The unit is currently shipping through Sanyo's national network of professional audio visual dealers with an MSRP of $11,995. A three-year warranty on parts and labor is included, with a 90-day warranty on the lamp.

About Sanyo

Based in Chatsworth, Sanyo Fisher Co. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-quality multimedia, audio and video, communication, security video, office automation, air conditioning and home appliance products. Its Presentation Technologies Division is the world's largest maker of LCD projectors and digital cameras.

The company is a division of SANYO North America Corp., a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co. Ltd. (Japan), one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers. For more information, visit Sanyo at www.sanyolcd.com.

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