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SIM2 debuts the HT500 LINK -- a new milestone in the home theatre market

CES 2004 EXPO January 2004 - SIM2 USA, Inc. announces the newest addition of a flagship product to the renowned Grand Cinema HT line.

This product is new for its brightness, contrast and absence of artifacts and it is built for "real" home theater installations where the screen's dimension is consistently greater than standard home theater screens.

The HT500 LINK is equipped with three high definition DMD chips by Texas Instruments and a second generation remote DigiOptic™ Image Processor (DOIP) to provide the new HT500 LINK a great installation flexibility and a wide choice of inputs. This advanced and unique technical solution, already successfully adopted on two other SIM2 products, provides quality connections to video sources that can run up to 1600 feet.

The Grand Cinema HT500 LINK is SIM2's new flagship DLP™ High-Definition projector. It delivers remarkable color fidelity, sharp details and superb picture quality unlike any other single or 3-chip DLP™ projector currently available. Moreover, thanks to the unique and successful DOIP, the HT500 LINK will allow for pure installation ease and flexibility. The HT500 LINK also features both an HDMI™ (including HDCP) and DVI input that allow a complete digital connectivity to an increasing amount of video sources equipped with digital outputs. This guarantees a perfect reproduction, without any loss of information or interference in the signal.

The HT500 LINK uses fiber optic cabling to allow for one connection from SIM2's proprietary DOIP to the projector. The rack-mountable DOIP features a wide choice of inputs (including HDMI™) and can be connected through a single fiber optic cable, coupled with a system of three high-speed laser beams, to the projector for a loss-free and interference free signal. The thin fiber optic cable can be run through the wall and hidden easily for a seamless installation, most of all in large rooms where the distance between the sources and the projector can be big.

Using three separate DMD chips, the HT500 LINK does not need to be equipped with a color wheel, delivering outstanding colors and purely deep blacks. Without a color wheel mounted in the optical path, the HT500 LINK eliminates completely any kind of acoustical noise related to the color wheel's spinning frequency. Also, the usage of three DMD chips and the absence of a color wheel (which is replaced by a prism) allows the displaying of larger artifact-free images.

Due to the various applications and installations that this new product is capable of, it is possible to choose from five different zoom lenses that deliver a grand variety of throw ratios to fit the customers' necessities (ranging from 1.2-1.44:1 to 2.6-5.6:1). Thanks to a new sophisticated optical design (sealed) and the high quality zoom lenses, the HT500 LINK delivers perfect color reproduction.

The HT500 LINK utilizes three Texas Instruments HD2 chip sets. The HD2 chip delivers a High-Definition resolution of 1280 x 720 and micromirror tilting angle of 12°. The new HD2 3-chip solution and new light engine, allow the SIM2 HT500 LINK to reach the highest contrast and brightness for a real cinematic experience.

The HT500 LINK shows once again that Industrial Designer Giorgio Revoldini is capable of delivering elegance and aggressiveness in the HT500 LINK's newly designed cabinet sporting smooth curves that make this product a high-class focal point of any décor.

On-board second generation DCDi™, powered by Faroudja, applies video enhancement and motion adaptive deinterlacing to prevent the introduction of motion artifacts and jagged edges from video signals that originated from video cameras. The DCDi also features patented 3/2 pull-down with advanced edit detection for exact reconstruction of the original film frame. For ease of use, SIM2 has equipped the HT500 LINK with a backlit remote control for easy access to product commands and OSD functions in dark environments.

The HT500 LINK will be available from the end of January 2004 in an elegant Dark Gray cabinet color.