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NEC Revolutionizes Projection Technology with New Projector Featuring World's Shortest Throw Distance

New WT600 Creates 40" Image From Only 2 1/2" From the Screen, Attains 3000:1 Contrast Ratio

ITASCA, Ill., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- NEC Solutions (America), Inc. today introduced the WT600, which utilizes NEC's patented lensless mirror design to attain the shortest throw distance of any front projector to date. The new projector can project a 40" image from only 2 1/2" from the screen and a 100" image from only 26" from the screen. In addition, the WT600 joins NEC's existing HT1000 as one of only two projectors available to feature a 3000:1 contrast ratio for incredible image quality with deep black detail. The WT600 will be on display at InfoComm 2003, the audio-visual industry's largest tradeshow, June 3-5 in Orlando, FL (booth #2100).

"The WT600's short throw distance expands the possibilities of projection technology by giving presenters the ability to move freely for the first time without worrying about obstructing the image," said Don Fasick, product manager for Visual Systems at NEC Solutions America. "It enables projection in cramped spaces that couldn't previously accommodate a front projector, and results in significant space savings for rear screen applications versus traditional projectors. The WT600 also gives home users the ultimate in convenience since the projector can easily be integrated onto an existing component rack or TV stand."

Instead of a traditional optical system using a lens, the WT600 features a series of aspheric mirrors developed and produced using NEC's exclusive super-high accuracy plastic mirror technology. It also incorporates NEC's ImageExpress(TM) wired and wireless networking technologies for the ability to communicate from a PC to the projector through a wired LAN system using a 10 base or a wireless system via Wi-Fi 802.11b. And the wireless option lets users place their laptop anywhere in the room and switch between presentations on multiple laptops with the touch of a button for added versatility. In addition to NEC ImageExpress, the new WT600's networking capabilities allow users to perform online diagnostics by accessing the menu system for complete control of the projector from a remote location.

The DLP-based, 1500 ANSI lumen WT600 boasts XGA resolution and Advanced AccuBlend technology for excellent display of non-native sources up to UXGA. NEC's Eco-Mode(TM) technology enables increased lamp life of up to 3000 hours along with a barely audible noise level of only 32dB, and the energy-saving standby mode reduces power usage to under 1W when not in active use in compliance with Executive Order 13221. NEC's AutoSense(TM) technology allows for easy one-touch setup and operation.

The 13-lb. WT600 additionally incorporates NEC's groundbreaking suite of security measures to deter theft. These include the ability to format a PCMCIA card as a security card to disable the projector to unauthorized users, password protection, a panel control lock, and a lock slot for the most comprehensive security feature set available today.

Complete Service and Support Program
NEC's WT600 is backed by a two-year limited parts and labor warranty along with a period of coverage by the company's industry-leading InstaCare program providing three business day repair and return or next business day replacement. According to Pacific Media Associates' 2002 Large-Screen Displays Reseller Survey, NEC ranked highest among all display manufacturers for product quality/reliability and warranty repair/return programs. In the survey, resellers rated product quality/reliability as the most important single attribute of a large-screen display manufacturer.

Pricing and Availability
The WT600 will be available in August through NEC's nationwide network of channel partners. Its suggested retail price is $6,995 ($10,145 Canadian). For more information about NEC's projector lines, please call 1-800-NEC-INFO or visit http://www.necvisualsystems.com .

NEC Solutions America, Visual Systems Division
NEC Solutions America, Visual Systems Division markets, sells and supports unlimited visual display solutions that enable users to live up to the power of their ideas. Technologies include DLP- and LCD-based mobile, installed and large venue projection systems, as well as PlasmaSync(R) plasma displays designed specifically for the unique needs of the public display and multimedia presentation environments. The Visual Systems Division is a business group of NEC Solutions America, Inc. To learn more about NEC Solutions, go to www.necsolutions-am.com .

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