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Next Generation SharpVision DLP™ Front Projector Brings High Definition Movie Excitement Into The Living Room

New chip and unprecedented contrast ratio deliver the ultimate in home theater entertainment

MINNEAPOLIS, September 27, 2002 - Building on the enormous success of the award-winning SharpVision XV-Z9000U, Sharp Electronics Corporation today introduced the next generation in home theater: the SharpVision XV-Z10000U high definition Digital Light Processing (DLP™) front projector. Utilizing the new Mustang/HD2 DLP chip set from Texas Instruments, and Sharp's upgraded proprietary Computer & Video Integrated Composer (CV-IC 11) System technology, this 16:9 projector boasts previously unattained contrast ratios, delivering one of the best pictures available in consumer home theater today.

"Sharp is the market leader in front projection products and we are extremely excited to add the XV-Z10000U to our line," said Michael Amkreutz, director of display devices, Sharp Electronics Corp. "This projector represents the absolute top in home entertainment, and we believe the design professionals at CEDIA will appreciate its enhanced functionality, flexible installation and incredible ease of use."

The XV-Z10000U allows true home theater enthusiasts to create an incredible viewing experience right in their own living room. The unit provides cinema-quality, widescreen images with unparalleled high contrast and brightness, so consumers can view movies as they are meant to be seen, while staying in the comfort of their own home.

The new DLP projector has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a native resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. New features include a switchable contrast/brightness function that allows unprecedented contrast ratios in the high contrast mode. Sharp's new and improved second generation Computer & Video Integrated Composer (CV-IC II) System provides state-of-the-art, proprietary video scaler circuitry that upconverts standard signals to the native HD resolution of the projector. Also added as an upgrade from the original XV-Z9000U model is a DVI terminal capable of High Definition Content Protection (HDCP) protocol, which ensures compatibility with next generation high definition set-top boxes making the XV-Z10000U the perfect solution for today as well as tomorrow. The DVI input is also Home Theater PC (HTPC) compatible. Additional features include a 6-segment, 5x color wheel, 1:1.35 manual zoom and a lens shift function for flexible installation.

The SharpVision XV-Z10000U will be available in December for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $10,995.95.

For more information on Sharp's full line of consumer electronics products, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, New Jersey 07430 or call 1-877-388-SHARP. For online product information, visit Sharp's Web site at www.sharpusa.com.

Sharp Electronics Corporation is the Mahwah, N.J.-based marketing and sales subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of the core technologies that are integral to shaping the next generation of home entertainment products, appliances, networked, multi-functional office solutions and mobile communication and information tools. Leading brands include AQUOS™ Liquid Crystal Televisions, 1-Bit™ audio products, the SharpVision® line of projection products, Viewcam® camcorders, Sharp Carousel® microwaves, Imager™ digital multi-functional systems, the Notevision® line of multi-media projectors, and the Zaurus™ Personal Mobile Tool. Sharp Electronics Corporation employs approximately 2,000 people throughout the U.S. supporting more than 50 product lines.

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