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Press Release  |  Jun 3, 2003

Sharp's AN-LS1 Network Converter offers "dual control" capability, allowing users to manage assets either locally or remotely

ORLANDO, FL, June 3, 2003 - Sharp Electronics Corporation today introduced the AN-LS1 Ethernet to RS-232C Network Converter, an RS-232/LAN device that gives Sharp's projector customers unfettered access to their corporate networks and greatly improved asset management capability. The AN-LS1 Network Converter will ship in July and have an MSRP of $499.

Sharp's AN-LS1 Network Converter allows users to connect Sharp projectors to a network through an RS-232 port. This greatly expands a user's presentation capability, giving them real-time access to any data stored on the network. The AN-LS1 Network Converter also gives users greater control over their audiovisual assets, lowering their overall cost of ownership. Sharp customers can now either monitor and control the equipment from a remote central location and control the equipment locally via the AN-LS1's RS-232C input. Improved asset management capability and improved presentation flexibility will benefit customers in the education, government and corporate sectors.

The AN-LS1 Network Converter is small - about the size of a deck of cards - and compatible with Sharp Advanced Presentation Software (S.A.P.S.), which offers remote diagnostics and control. The AN-LS1 operates at 10BASE-T and is compatible with 100BASE-T networks.

"We're giving our customers more control over their audiovisual assets," said Dan Schinasi, senior product manager, Sharp LCD Products Group. "The AN-LS1 is ideal for customers who manage a group of projectors over a wide area. It minimizes downtime and improves security, by recognizing when a projector is no longer connected to the network or requires service."

Sharp offers a full line of Mobile, Conference/Classroom and Large Venue projectors, in addition to system solutions and LCD monitors 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 Email: