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PLUS® ENHANCES AND EXPANDS ITS U3 SERIES OF 3-LB. DLPTM DIGITAL PROJECTORS AT INFOCOMM 2001

New PLUS® U3 Series offers 1000 ANSI Lumens of superior brightness, a choice of zoom or short-focus lenses, and more.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, June 13, 2001 - Having advanced the state of the art in microportable digital projectors at last year's INFOCOMM with its introduction of the PLUS® U3 Series - the world's first true 3-lb. "palm-sized" digital projectors - PLUS® now brightens INFOCOMM 2001 with the introduction of a new and improved U3 Series that raises the bar for 3-lb. projectors in terms of brightness and flexibility.

The newly enhanced and expanded PLUS® U3 Series consists of an XGA resolution model with a manual zoom lens (U3-1100Z), an XGA resolution model with a short-focus lens ((U3-1100SF), and SVGA resolution models with either a zoom lens ((U3-810Z) or a short-focus lens ((U3-810SF). Without sacrificing any of the incredibly small footprint of 7 in. x 9 in. and thin configuration (1.9 in.) that distinguished the original PLUS® U3 Series, the new PLUS® U3 Series provides 1,000 ANSI Lumens of brightness – a significant increase over the 800 ANSI Lumens provided by the original PLUS® palm-sized series. In addition, the new U3 Series, a product of the unique combination of Digital Light Processing쳌 technology by Texas Instruments and the engineering expertise of PLUS® that has made PLUS® a leader in micro-portable digital projectors for the business market, provides vivid images and graphics thanks to a high contrast ratio of 500:1.

The manual zoom lens makes it easier to achieve favorable image size without having to move the projector - a big plus, for example, for Road Warriors who need to make presentations in medium-size or larger conference rooms.

The short-focus lens enables Road Warriors to give bright, up-close, picture-perfect presentations even in environments the size of a cubicle. With the new lens, a perfectly formed image of 36 in. diagonal can be projected from a distance of just 3.9 ft.

"The unique combination of DLPTM technology by Texas Instruments and the engineering expertise of PLUS® has produced presentation tools that set the standard for mobile presenters looking for the best combination of lightness and brightness on the market," stated PLUS® Corporation of America President Tom Oishi.

Like their predecessors, the new U3 Series projectors feature a rugged magnesium alloy case, which is 20 times stronger than plastic and alleviates any concern about breakage during transport, and a built-in sliding lens cap, which automatically protects the projector lens. Additional features include:

  • Patented PLUS® Optical engine and new UHP lamp, for ultra-clean and crisp images with superior uniformity.
  • Advanced compression technology, which eliminates all line omission for ultra-clear compressed SXGA (U3-1100) and XGA (U3-810) resolution.
  • Component video input for superior video images.
  • Aspect ratios of 4:3 for standard image size and 16:9 for cinema image size, making the new U3 Series appropriate for either standard presentations or home-theater viewing.
  • Built-in direct mouse control with USB support, allowing maximum mobility during presentations. This function enables users to operate the cursor on their computer via the remote controller, and supports USB and PS/2.
  • Automatic mute and freeze functions.
  • Digital keystone correction, which provides distortion-free images; upward or downward angles are digitally adjustable up to 10 degrees.
  • Digital zoom (x.9-10), which allows any portion of the projected image to be magnified up to 1000% of the original size.

The new models are on display at INFOCOMM 2001 at Booth #13060, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The new PLUS® U3 Series will be available for delivery beginning in July 2001 at the following manufacturer suggested retail prices: PLUS® U3-1100Z XGA Model at $4,495, PLUS® U3-1100SF XGA Model at $3,995, PLUS® U3-810Z SVGA Model at $3,495, and PLUS® U3-810SF SVGA Model at $2,995.

The new and improved U3 Series 3-lb., palm-sized digital projectors are one of three major projector introductions by PLUS® at INFOCOMM 2001. Solidifying its position as Japan's #1 DLPTM projector manufacturer, PLUS® is also introducing the world's first 2-lb. digital projectors, the V Series, and unveiling the HE-3100 Home Projector - the world's smallest, lightest digital projector for high-quality, large-screen home viewing.

Headquartered in Allendale, New Jersey, PLUS® Corporation of America is an industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of extremely sophisticated, ultra-lightweight, and ultra-portable digital projectors, full-featured electronic copyboards, and real-time interactive whiteboards. PLUS® communications and information products are designed to provide mobile communications professionals as well as medical professionals, attorneys, teachers, trainers, and government agencies with an unprecedented degree of high performance value. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of PLUS® Corporation of Japan. The PLUS® Group has a 50-year old history and consolidated revenue of $1.5-billion from its presentation, office, and communications products.

For more information, contact: PLUS® Corporation of America, 80 Commerce Drive, Allendale, New Jersey 07401; Tel: (201) 818-2700; Fax: (201) 818-2708. Or visit www.plus-america.