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SHARP BOLSTERS "VALUE SERIES" WITH NEW NOTEVISION PG-A20X PROJECTOR

The Notevision A20X offers "plug-and-play" simplicity for first-time users, as well as budget-friendly features for education, government and corporate customers

ORLANDO, FL, June 5, 2003 - Sharp Electronics Corporation today added a bright, versatile LCD projector to its "Value Series" line by introducing the Notevision PG-A20X LCD projector. The PG-A20X offers 2000 ANSI Lumens of brightness and native XGA resolution in a slim 6.4 lb. silver frame. Sharp's Value Series projectors emphasize ease of use, versatility and low cost of ownership.

The PG-A20X's combination of brightness and simplicity make it ideal for first-time buyers, classrooms and government settings, as well as for sales/marketing professionals, small business owners and corporate trainers.

"The PG-A20X can be used easily and effectively by any presenter in any environment, whether it's a professor, a professional trainer or a first-time user," said Fred Krazeise, director of strategic marketing, Sharp Electronics LCD Products Group. "We've made the A20X easy to use up front and cost-effective to use over time, without sacrificing functionality. We don't want our customers to have to earn a Ph.D. in projector management prior to presenting - we'd rather they focus on the presentation itself, rather than the projector they use to deliver it."

Ease of Use
The PG-A20X's ease of use is made possible in part through a feature that automatically detects and sets a presenter's RGB or component source after the projector is turned on. The PG-A20X also boasts an automatic keystone correction feature that instantly corrects distortion. This true "plug-and-play" ability gives users the power to deliver vibrant presentations in any environment, without the hassle of complex connectivity and management issues. The PG-A20X is also equipped with Sharp's PresenterPAK feature set, including a friendly graphical user interface (GUI) menu screen that is icon-based and uses common terminology rather than technical jargon. Computer and video inputs are color-coded to simplify setup for users when connecting cables to a PC, Mac or Workstation, Sharp stated.

Low Cost of Ownership
The PG-A20X is built to benefit the budget-minded customer. The unit's Low Power Mode lets users extend lamp life from 3000 hours to 4500 hours, while lowering fan noise from 37dB to a quiet 33dB. The Low Power Mode helps users save money on new lamp purchases, which is the highest after-purchase ownership cost associated with the life of a projector. The PG-A20X also offers multiple theft-deterrent capabilities, including keypad startup code, keypad lockout, and an optional locking cable security system, the company said.

The compact PG-A20X measures 9.0-inches (D) by 11.7 inches (W) by 3.2-inches (H), and is bright enough for installation, yet durable and light enough for portable use. The PG-A20X is HDTV compatible and offers multiple inputs, including RGB, composite RCA, S-Video and RS-232C. The model is also "networkable" through its RS-232 input. The PG-A20X is equipped with sRGB color management, gamma adjust and multiple color temperature adjustments to sharpen its color output, contrast and gradation.

The Notevision PG-A20X will be available in August at a list price of $2,995 through Sharp's authorized distribution channels. The projector is backed by a three-year parts and labor limited warranty, including two years of Sharp's "ER" Service, a 24-hour turnaround express repair program.

Sharp offers a full line of Mobile, Conference/Classroom and Large Venue projectors, in addition to system solutions, LCD video monitors and professional video equipment for purchase, lease or rental through its national network of authorized dealers and resellers.

For more information, please contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, LCD Products Division, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, NJ 07430-2135, or dial 1-866-4-VISUAL (1-866-484-7825). For online product information, visit Sharp's LCD Products Group Web site at http://www.SharpLCD.com. Email: ProLCD@SharpSEC.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.