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Sanyo is the ``Digital Destination'' at InfoComm '99 With World's First Completely Digital LCD Projector

ORLANDO, FL - June 10, 1999 - World’s No. 1 manufacturer introduces first LCD Projector incorporating a Digital PC interface.

Sanyo, a leader in multimedia hardware for the PC and presentation markets, Thursday announced the PLC-EF10N multimedia LCD projector, the world's first projector to provide a digital PC interface, which guarantees a complete digital signal path from computer to projector.

The PLC-EF10N boasts 2300 ANSI lumens (typical) of brightness, delivering true SXGA resolution (1280 x 1024). The unit can be twin-stacked to achieve 4600 ANSI lumens (typical). Twin-stacking is a technique in which the projector's brightness can effectively be doubled. The PLC-EF10N is capable of more than 85 percent uniformity, corner-to-corner, with a contrast ratio of 350:1 -- both among the best in the industry.

PanelLink(R) Technology

By incorporating PanelLink(R) technology, Sanyo's PLC-EF10N is able to send signals to and from the PC in 100 percent digital fashion -- something no other LCD projector manufacturer is doing.

A critical component of the digital PC interface is a graphics card with its own connectors that fits easily into a PC's motherboard slot, providing a full digital connection between projector and computer. While many projectors are themselves digital devices (including the PLC-EF10N), the computer signal, up until now, has traditionally been converted to analog and sent to the projector via analog cable.

With a digital interface, the data is maintained as digital all the way through from PC to cable to projector (point-to-point). In addition, cables up to 33 feet in length can be run with no signal degradation.

"PanelLink is clearly becoming the de facto industry standard for digital connection, and part of Sanyo's direction is to add digital functions and features to yield the best image possible," said Rob Pearlman, sales manager, computer peripherals, at Sanyo's Presentation Technologies Division. "As the world's largest manufacturer of LCD projectors, not only is Sanyo in a position to bring this exciting technology to the market, we have a responsibility to do so."

Target Markets

The PLC-EF10N is optimized for boardrooms, conferences, point-of-sale, training use, education, multimedia and graphics applications. It is also ideally suited for electronic workstation (EWS) applications, such as environments using Silicon Graphics (SGI), Hewlett-Packard (HP) or Sun workstations.

The unit features three 1.8-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) polysilicon LCD panels, along with a powerful 400-watt metal halide lamp. Projected image sizes can be adjusted from 40-600 inches (diagonal). The throw distance ranges from 4.9 to 80.7 feet.

Other key features include:

  1. Broad compatibility -- VGA, SVGA, XGA, UXGA and true SXGA
  2. Auto lock frequency synchronization
  3. Power zoom/power focus
  4. Universal Serial Bus port (USB)
  5. Rear-screen and ceiling mounted capabilities
  6. Graphic User Interface (GUI) with on-screen menus
  7. Polarized Beam Splitter (PBS) optical system
  8. Track pad infrared remote control with laser pointer
  9. International capability: Multi-voltage, multi-language displays and six-color system (PAL, SECAM, NTSC, NTSC4.43, PAL-M and PAL-N)

Digital Progressive Scanning

The video performance of the PLC-EF10N is significantly boosted by digital progressive scanning, a sophisticated technology which doubles video information, thereby increasing the video image detail and resolution. The result is the most advanced video performance possible, yielding a smoother, crisper image.

Weight & Dimensions

The PLC-EF10N weighs 39.2 pounds, with dimensions of 15.4 inches (W) x 9.2 inches (H) x 22.9 inches (D).

Pricing, Availability & Options

The unit is scheduled to ship in June 1999 through Sanyo's national network of professional audio visual dealers with an MSRP of $23,995. An optional PC card adapter is available which allows laptop users to take advantage of the digital interface. It carries a three-year warranty on parts and labor and 90 days on the lamp. A variety of optional lenses are also available for the PLC-EF10N, including a newly developed wide zoom lens.

About Sanyo

Based in Chatsworth, Calif., Sanyo Fisher Co. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-quality multimedia, audio and video, communication, security video, office automation, air conditioning and home appliance products. Its Presentation Technologies Division is one of the world's largest producers of LCD projectors and digital cameras. The company is a division of SANYO North America Corp., a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co. Ltd. (Japan), one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers.

For additional information, visit www.sanyolcd.com.

PanelLink is a registered trademark of Silicon Image. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Because its products are subject to continuous improvement, Sanyo reserves the right to modify product design and specifications without notice and without incurring any obligations.

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